Spin Magazine Stops Printing: These Were Its 20 Best Covers

Amy Winehouse Jul 2007 spin coverAmy Winehouse appeared on one of Spin’s 2007 issues at a peak moment in her career.

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After 27 years, Spin ended its print publication last month. It joins Newsweek and SmartMoney, which also decided to end their print editions last year.Spin struggled financially over the past few years, being passed off from company to company since 2006. It was most recently sold in July 2012 when Buzzmedia bought the mag, reportedly for less than $5 million.

It was a humbling comedown for a publication that was once the national alternative to Rolling Stone.

In its heyday, Spin featured artists like Nirvana and PJ Harvey on its covers when more mainstream magazines often failed to acknowledge them. As a magazine, it essentially defined the grunge era of the early 1990s.

It was also THE place to advertise and promote new artists.

In early 2012, Spin completely relaunched, with a redesign, and switched from a monthly to bimonthly print schedule.

Even though Spin will no longer be seen on newsstands, its website and Twitter accounts will still be functioning as usual. And according to Mashable, the new owners may consider bringing the print edition back in the future.

“We’ve not ruled out bringing back Spin in print, but we’re still determining those plans,” a rep for the magazine said.

Lest we forget, we’ve gathered images of the 20 best covers in Spin’s history.

Madonna was the cover model for the first issue of Spin in May 1985. She appeared on Spin's cover six times.

It took a while for Spin to get into its alt-rock groove. Mick Jagger appeared on the August 1986 cover. During the late 80s, the Jagger/Keith Richards feud was at its worst, almost causing the band to break up.

Nirvana lead singer Kurt Cobain and wife Courtney Love showed off four-month-old Frances Bean Cobain on this December 1992 cover. At this point, Spin was hitting its high point.

This infamous April 1993 cover featured The Lemonheads' frontman Evan Dando and actress Adrienne Shelly. In 2006, Shelly was murdered in her Manhattan apartment by a 19-year-old construction worker.

Courtney Love modelled for the May 1994 issue. Her husband, Kurt Cobain, committed suicide less than a month before this issue was released.

This iconic June 1994 cover — marking Cobain's death — was Spin's best ever. It lacked the bold, scandalous headlines that typically appeared.

Paul Stanley of Kiss was featured on the August 1996 cover. Four different covers, each showing a different Kiss member, were released that month, in a move that paralleled the band's famous solo albums. The issue was one of the best-selling in Spin's history.

David Lee Roth appeared on this October 2000 cover that left little to the imagination.

Jane's Addiction modelled for the August 2003 cover. The band released a new album a month before the issue went to press. The band had not recorded an album together since their 1991 breakup.

Wayne Coyne, frontman for The Flaming Lips, was photographed for the November 2006 cover. In May of the same year, he gave a controversial commencement speech at his high school in which he spoke about not being a high school graduate and selling pot out of his apartment.

The late Amy Winehouse graced the cover of the July 2007 issue. Winehouse died of a drug overdose in 2011 at age 27.

Spin starts to show its age: John Lydon — Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols — popped a zit on the cover of this October 2007 issue. The Sex Pistols reunited in 2007 for their 30th anniversary.

Lily Allen modelled for this February 2009 cover. She has been on a musical hiatus since 2009, but plans to release a new record some time this year.

Spin discovers dubstep! Skrillex, who appears here on the October 2011 issue, released his first solo album in 2010.

Alexis Krauss of Sleigh Bells modelled for this striking March 2012 cover. This was the publication's second issue in its new redesigned, bimonthly format.

Rapper Waka Flocka Flame appeared on the cover of one of Spin's final print editions. His May 2012 appearance coincided with the release of his second album.

21-year-old rapper Azealia Banks appeared on the final print edition of Spin. After being bought by Buzzmedia in July of 2012, Spin's new owners decided to terminate the print issues to stick to a digital format.

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