Every issue of Spin at Google Books

Spin-Pj-Harvey Google Books has scans of every issue of Spin, the music magazine Bob Guccione Jr. founded in 1985 with a loan from his father, Bob Guccione Sr., the publisher of Penthouse. It's interesting to see how awfully dated the design of the magazine is.

Every issue of SPIN magazine available on Google Books (Thanks, EdA!)


  1. Sweet. There were two writers who covered both a Lullapaloza, and a Cure recording session, and were some of the funniest writing I’d read ever. I need to find those again.

  2. Google is becoming the virtual equivalent of a Hoarder. In my mind’s eye I’m picturing a giant bulldozer smashing a Kentucky coal mountain to feed Google’s servers so folks can read a Metallica interview from 1990.

    Alternative Press was much better. They should scan those.

  3. Cool. I remember a good article about Fela Kuti from around the late eighties/early ninties I wouldn’t mind reading again.

  4. Sweet!
    I was reminiscing about “Desert Island Disks” recently, and thinking that’s something that would be cool if people still did.
    Do people still make “Desert Island Disks” lists?

    (listening to Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours)

  5. Why is it “awfully dated”? Why not “wonderfully dated”? It certainly serves as a visual time capsule… what’s wrong with that?

    1. Generally speaking, the hipper you are at the time, the more dated you are a few decades later.

  6. I can’t see PJ without the words:
    “Don’t you wish you never, never met her” exploding in my brain.

    Truer words were never spoken.

  7. i just recently let my decade-old subscription lapse. for awhile there, they had awesome, really deep articles and some really funny writers. lately the articles have been just meh, and the music they covered just stopped speaking to me. that plus my finances = sorry, spin. i used to get alternative press, too. i can’t stand rolling stone. the only music mag i pay for now is the big takeover. it’s only quarterly, but it’s so jam-packed with info, it’s worth every damn penny.

  8. I have a few old issues of Spin specifically for the William T. Vollman articles. Maybe I can recycle those now.

  9. Wow, now we can look into their past, when they weren’t crammed so far up The Strokes’ collective ass.

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