Indie-Rock Icon Steve Albini Passes Away at 61

Indie-Rock Icon Steve Albini Passes Away at 61

Steve Albini, an influential figure in indie-rock known for his work as frontman of Big Black and Shellac, as well as his production work with artists like Nirvana and PJ Harvey, has passed away at the age of 61. Albini first gained recognition in the early 1980s with Big Black, a Chicago-based trio known for their aggressive guitar-driven rock and use of a drum machine instead of a live drummer, which was unconventional at the time.

Albini was not only known for his music but also for his outspoken criticism of musicians and the music industry. He rejected the title of “producer,” preferring the credit of “Recorded by Steve Albini,” and refused to accept royalties or “points” from the recordings he worked on, a practice that is common among producers.

Despite his controversial reputation, Albini’s work on albums like the Pixies’ “Surfer Rosa” and Nirvana’s “In Utero” earned him respect in the music world. Kurt Cobain specifically requested Albini to produce “In Utero,” much to the dismay of their label, who had hoped for another commercial success like “Nevermind.” Albini also worked on PJ Harvey’s “Rid of Me,” showcasing his talent for creating aggressive, impactful soundscapes.

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