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Steve Albini

Steven Frank Albini (pronounced /ælˈbiːni/) (born July 22, 1962) is an American singer, songwriter, guitarist, audio engineer, and music journalist. He was a member of Big Black, Rapeman, and Flour, and is currently a member of Shellac. He is the founder, owner, and engineer of Electrical Audio, a recording studio complex located in Chicago, and has worked with musical acts such as Sparklehorse, Nirvana, The Stooges, Pixies, Jawbreaker, Manic Street Preachers, Cheap Trick, PJ Harvey, The Jesus Lizard, Bush, Electrelane, and Scrawl, among others. In his youth, Albini's family moved often, before settling in Missoula, Montana in 1974. The activities of bored teenagers in rural Missoula provided much inspiration for later Albini-penned songs. While recovering from a broken leg, Albini began playing bass guitar. According to Thrill Jockey's Looking for a Thrill, Albini was exposed to punk rock by a schoolmate and subsequently bought every Ramones recording available. He took bass lessons in high school for one week and started playing in bands. He played with drummer Joey Cregg, son of former Mayor Bill Cregg, in the punk band Just Ducky, which quickly disbanded.

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