“Musician, studio engineer and the mastermind behind some of rock's greatest albums”: Steve Albini, punk guitar icon and producer for Nirvana, Pixies, dies at 61

Steve Albini performs onstage at the Los Angeles Sports Arena in Los Angeles, California on August 27, 2016
(Image credit: Scott Dudelson/WireImage)

Steve Albini, a punk and alt-rock icon whose knife-edged, metallic guitar style influenced players the world over, has died at the age of 61, Pitchfork reports. Staff at Albini's recording studio, Electrical Audio, said that he died of a heart attack.

As the frontman and guitarist for Big Black, and later Shellac, Steve Albini developed an abrasive lyrical and guitar style that proved tremendously influential to generations of alt-rock and metal bands. 

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.