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American producer and ‘punk legend’ Steve Albini dies at the age of 61

American producer and ‘punk legend’ Steve Albini dies at the age of 61

Record producer Steve Albini, who worked with Nirvana, Pixies, PJ Harvey, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, has died at the age of 61, his recording studio said.

Albini produced Nirvana’s 1993 album In Utero, the Pixies’ Surfer Rosa and PJ Harvey’s Rid Of Me album, as well as Walking Into Clarksdale, the only album by surviving Led Zeppelin members Page and Plant.

He also performed in his own bands, Big Black, Rapeman and Shellac, and founded his own studio in Chicago called Electrical Audio.

The studio did not provide the cause of his death.

Among those paying tribute was British musician Frank Turner, who wrote on X, formerly Twitter: “Wow. Medium shocked to hear about Steve Albini’s death. A punk legend.”

The Pixies, who worked with Albini on their debut album, also posted a tribute photo of Albini on X.

The Lord Of The Rings star Elijah Wood, who played Frodo Baggins in the film franchise, wrote: “Ugh man, a heartbreaking loss of a legend. Love for his family and countless colleagues. Goodbye, Steve Albini.

Albini’s band Shellac has appeared at more than a dozen Primavera Sound festivals in Barcelona.

The music festival said on X: “We are devastated to hear of the death of Steve Albini at the age of 61.

“We have lost a legend, a friend, a member of our family. What are we going to do without you, Steve?

“After welcoming them to 15 editions of the festival, we cannot imagine a Primavera Sound without him, because no band explains us better than Shellac.”