Steve Albini’s letter to Nirvana

Posted on September 27, 2013 by matt

A letter Steve Albini wrote to Nirvana about producing In Utero has been making the rounds. You can see it here.

“My first choice for an outside recording studio would be a place called Pachyderm in Cannon Falls, Minnesota. It’s a great facility with outstanding acoustics and a totally comfy architect’s wet-dream mansion where the band lives during the recording.”

This is also great:

“I would like to be paid like a plumber: I do the job and you pay me what it’s worth. The record company will expect me to ask for a point or a point and a half. If we assume three million sales, that works out to 400,000 dollars or so. There’s no fucking way I would ever take that much money. I wouldn’t be able to sleep.”

In other Nirvana news, Kurt Cobain’s family is putting his boyhood home in Aberdeen up for sale perhaps to tie into the 20th anniversary and reissue of In Utero (although maybe that’s just a coincidence).

The house was last assessed at around $67,000. They are asking for $500,000, but included in the purchase price is Cobain’s old mattress. I’d say it’s a steal.

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