'In Utero' producer Steve Albini's letter to Nirvana

Nirvana's <em>In Utero</em>, produced by Steve Albini, turns 20 this month.
Nirvana's In Utero, produced by Steve Albini, turns 20 this month. (Jesse Frohman)

Nirvana's third and final studio release In Utero turns 20 this month. Recently, a letter surfaced that Steve Albini, the album's producer, wrote to the band before recording started.

The letter includes an element that's particularly notable to Minnesota audiences: Albini recommends Pachyderm Studios in Cannon Falls, Minn., as the location for recording the yet-to-be-named album. It was at Pachyderm, in Feb. 1993, that Nirvana recorded In Utero.

The 20th-anniversary special editions of In Utero, released on Geffen Records, include scans of this letter.

Listen to Teenage Kicks on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 8 to 10 a.m., when Jacquie Fuller highlights tracks from In Utero.

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  • Steve Albini's letter to Nirvana, page 1
    Steve Albini's letter to Nirvana, page 1 (Courtesy DGC)
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    Steve Albini's letter to Nirvana, page 2 (Courtesy DGC)
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    Steve Albini's letter to Nirvana, page 3 (Courtesy DGC)
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    Steve Albini's letter to Nirvana, page 4 (Courtesy DGC)
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