Multiple outlets including Variety, The New York Times and Rolling Stone are confirming that legendary music producer and Missoula, Montana native Steve Albini passed away at the age of 61.

Pitchfork reported Albini died of a heart attack at his studio.

Albini engineered many great albums as noted above. From 1985 up to 2023, Albini had something to do a lot of famous albums such as Nirvana's In Utero (a personal favorite of mine) and The Pixies' Surfer Rosa (featuring Where is My Mind?).


But what may or may not be known is that Albini was originally born in Pasadena, California and moved to Missoula with his family as a kid.

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A graduate of Hellgate High, Albini rocked the heck out of those thick-framed glasses back in the late 70s.

Who doesn't love that look?

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In a Guardian article written last August, Albini described living in the Garden City as a "normal Montana childhood" with a full dose of nature. The article also explained Albini's dad, Frank, relocated the family to Missoula because he was a "wildfire research scientist."

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Sad news today for the music world and Missoulians. Albini's imprint on making music is evident by the condolences shared by actor Elijah Wood, sports journalist Mina Kimes, actor/podcaster Marc Maron and bands like The Breeders and The Pixies.

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