Steve Albini's Private Letter to Nirvana Appears Online

artist: nirvana date: 09/30/2013 category: general music news
I like this
150
voted: 15
Steve Albini's Private Letter to Nirvana Appears Online
The letter in which producer Steve Albini convinced Nirvana to record "In Utero" with him has appeared online.

The band favoured Albini for his work with major underground artists at the time, including Jesus Lizard and Fugazi.

But his work on the album went on to prove controversial, with both Kurt Cobain and label heads disagreeing with the final sound of Albini's mix, resulting in a remix which was released to the public at the time.

In the letter, Albini famously refuses to take royalties on records he produces, instead insisting on a flat rate of pay like a plumber.

"I think paying a royalty to a producer or engineer is ethically indefensible," he writes. "The band write the songs. The band play the music. It's the band's fans who buy the record. The band is responsible for whether it's a great record or a horrible record. Royalties belong to the band."

See the letter in full here - it's an interesting read.

Letter segment #1: Before Steve Albini produced Nirvana's "In Utero," he wrote them a letter outlining his vision.

Letter segment #2: Albini is renowned for his lo-fi approach to recording. He pretty much just puts microphones in front of speakers.

Letter segment #3: He is also famed for his integrity.

Letter segment #4: Seriously, it's like he's actively trying to get them to pay him less.

The photo is the courtesy of Jason Allen/Lab Productions.
More nirvana news:
+ Frances Bean Cobain-Produced Documentary About Kurt Cobain Coming to HBO in 2015 General Music News 11/25/2014
+ Dave Grohl Shares Unreleased Version of Nirvana's 'Heart Shaped Box' Video General Music News 10/21/2014
+ Nirvana Producer Talks 'Nevermind:' 'They Practiced 10 Hours a Day for Six Months' General Music News 10/05/2014
+ Today's Teenagers Interpret Nirvana Lyrics: 'Is This a Kanye West Song?' Entertainment 09/08/2014
+ Nirvana Mural Unveiled in Kurt Cobain's Hometown General Music News 08/31/2014
+ Original Nirvana Drummer Interested in Band Reunion: 'Grohl on Guitar and Vocals, Krist on Bass' General Music News 07/31/2014
+ view all
Comments
Your captcha is incorrect