'Rolling Stone' Looks Back at the Nineties in a New Anthology

Introducing the definitive take on the decade of grunge, gangsta rap and Britney Spears

October 26, 2010 7:35 PM ET
'Rolling Stone' Looks Back at the Nineties in a New Anthology

Break out your flannel, because Rolling Stone and HarperCollins imprint Collins Design are publishing a collection of our greatest music stories and photography from the Nineties — the decade of grunge, gangsta rap and teen pop. From David Fricke's interview with Kurt Cobain months before the Nirvana leader's death to Steven Daly's visit to Britney Spears' bedroom, The '90s is packed with classic profiles, iconic photos, a guide to the decade's 100 greatest records, new essays by Slash, RZA, Perry Farrell, Matt Cameron and much more.

Rolling Stone: The '90s

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Mickey Newbury | 1969

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