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...The brainchild of composer, producer, and musician Trent Reznor (born 1965), Nine Inch Nails (NIN) became known in the 1990s for its controversial artistic approach and industrial sound. Reznor formed the group with the support of manager...

Nine Inch Nails’ The Fragile (1999)

Luis Sanchez

Luis Sanchez is the author of Smile (#94). Find him on Twitter @LouieSanchezz. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The 33 1/3 B-Sides

Bloomsbury Academic, 2020

Scholarly Books

...The Fragile debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 in the week of October 9, 1999. Whatever labels could be used to describe Nine Inch Nails before—industrial, alternative, sacrilegious—achievements like this aren’t explainable in terms...

Nine Inch Nails’ Year Zero and the Biopolitics of Media Convergence

The Politics of Post-9/11 Music: Sound, Trauma, and the Music Industry in the Time of Terror

Taylor & Francis Group, an informa business, 2011

Scholarly Books

...After the events of September 11, 2001, popular music provided a forum where artists like Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor could speak out against changes in American domestic and foreign policy that, arguably, curtailed civil liberties...

Nine Inch Nails' Pretty Hate Machine

Daphne Carr

Daphne Carr is a Manhattan-based writer. She is the series editor of Best Music Writing and an editor at Current Musicology. Her music writing has appeared in numerous anthologies and publications including Out of the Vinyl Deeps, Listen Again: A Momentary History of Pop, the Village Voice, MOJO, The Nation, Stop Smiling, and Venus Zine. Find her at ";> . Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2011

33 1/3 Books

...What is the world that Nine Inch Nails made, and what was the world that made Nine Inch Nails? These are the questions at the heart of this study of the band’s 1989 debut, Pretty Hate Machine. The album began as after-hours demos...

Alternative Rock

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VIII : Genres: North America

The Continuum International, 2012

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...Alternative rock, or simply ‘alternative,’ is associated most strongly with the 1990s, when the genre emerged as the decade’s most prominent marketing label for new rock music. From the abrasive industrial music of Nine Inch Nails...