Nine Inch Nails - Info, Ideas, and Inspiration behind "Into The Never"

By Adam Steiner

By Adam Steiner

A series of books that I used for research (and inspiration) when writing Into The Never 

Rip it Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978-1984

Simon Reynolds

£12.99 £12.08

A panoramic view of the bands that fired-up the musical world in the aftermath of punk's brief light. A really thorough book that for me set the scene out of which Trent Reznor would get in to alternative music before the mass market synth-pop nadir of the late 1980s hit - he has also professed much love for fellow Cleveland band Pere Ubu.

Nine Inch Nails

Martin Huxley

£13.99 £13.01

Martin Huxley's book is great for some general early background on NIN and takes a look into Trent Reznor himself so it really helped in my basic research, alongside the late Tommy Udo's book. It's all over by 1997 though...

Nine Inch Nails' Pretty Hate Machine

Daphne Carr


Daphne Carr's 33&1/3 series book is a divided and somewhat controversial book about NIN. Part-oral history and academic treatise – the fan accounts of what NIN means to them and how Pretty Hate Machine in particular helped them reflect upon challenging and negative experiences identifies the core relationship between band and fan.

Revolution In The Head: The Beatles Records and the Sixties

Ian MacDonald

£11.99 £11.15

A visionary book that changed the way we understand music and how it is written/read about. At once technical, emotive and providing rich social and cultural context, MacDonald explains why the Beatles meant what they did, and to so many. This book inspired me to go further and deeper into the meaning of Nine Inch Nails and why The Downward Spiral matters at a broad cultural level.

Ashes to Ashes: The Songs of David Bowie, 1976-2016

Chris O'Leary

£20.00 £18.60

A great book for any Bowie fan, O'Leary goes track by track on what are arguably some of Bowie's most vital albums, his prose is often poetic and the book is very well-researched. What makes it so rewarding is the author's focus upon the unique weirdness of Bowie's music, with less focus upon the man himself.

Dissecting Marilyn Manson

Gavin Baddeley

£14.99 £13.94

Gavin Baddereley offers a really comprehensive approach to Manson's music and how it is suffused with both esoteric and pop-cult references that explores how he was able to reach a synthesis of avant-garde influence and what is ultimately a popular rock sound.


Larissa Wodtke, Rhian Jones, et al.

£8.99 £8.36

This book offers Three Studies of Manic Street Preachers' The Holy Bible album – one of my favourite records - and I think an album that shares many parallels with The Downward Spiral. The book is innovative in allowing three writers to take a different approach to the album.

Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the Twentieth Century

Greil Marcus

£16.98 £15.79

A seminal book that argues for punk as an almost accidental counter-cultural project that stumbled into situationist theory -a great distruptive upsetting that helped to turn music back to a new year zero from which post-punk and other more formalised musical movements would arise. Greil Marcus is a rich and engaging writer who shows how the propagnada and posturing of punk inspired a generation to make it new.

Small Victories: The True Story of Faith No More

Adrian Harte

£14.95 £13.90

I love Faith No More - Angel Dust is one my favourite albums, coming out in 1992 it was part of the early 90s misanthropic edge that helped give rise to grunge as a collective expression of social dissent and alienation. Harte is a pure fan of the band and his enthusiasm shines throughout the book which is very thorough and briskly written.

Heavier Than Heaven: The Biography of Kurt Cobain

Charles R. Cross

£10.99 £10.22

I read this when I was about 15, as pulpy as some sections are, I think Cross gives a really strong account of Kurt Cobain and why he made the music he did. Much better than the myriad documentaries about Kurt and Nirvana, this book sheds so much light on Cobain's difficult upbringing. I think this book showed me how a book could be entertaining but also shed light on the human experience behind the music.

Throbbing Gristle's Twenty Jazz Funk Greats

Drew Daniel


Daniel Drew's book in the 33&1/3 series is really insightful and very well written. With participation from the band he goes deep into recording techniques but more interestingly he gives great account to how different TG were, and still is, in the world of popular music.

Assimilate a Critical History of Industrial Music

University of Florida) Reed College of Fine Arts Professor of Music College of Fine Arts S. Alexander (Professor of Music


A comprehensive guide to various aspects of industrial music, and its inner tensions and contradictions. An academic text that is never difficult to read, the book epxands greatly upon the myths and narrow conceptions of industrial music's past and future to inform it present.

Into The Never: Nine Inch Nails And The Creation Of The Downward Spiral

Adam Steiner

£19.98 £18.58

Of course, I had to put my own book here, just so there is context as to what all these books contributed towards.

Noise: The Political Economy of Music

Jacques Attali


Against Nature

Joris-Karl Huysmans

£9.99 £9.29

Easy Riders, Raging Bulls

Peter Biskind

£12.99 £12.08

Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders

Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry

£9.99 £9.29


Dave Cullen

£14.99 £13.94

Francis Bacon: The Logic of Sensation

Gilles (No current affiliation) Deleuze

£16.98 £15.79

The Dance of Siva: Religion, Art and Poetry in South India

David (Lancaster University) Smith


The White Album

Joan Didion

£8.99 £8.36

The History of Sexuality: 1: The Will to Knowledge

Michel Foucault

£10.99 £10.22

Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk

Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain

£14.99 £13.94

Fight Club

Chuck Palahniuk

£9.99 £9.29


Chuck Palahniuk

£12.99 £12.08

Sex Radical Cinema

Carol Siegel

£20.99 £19.52

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Hunter S. Thompson

£8.99 £8.36

Shard Cinema

Evan Calder Williams

£8.99 £8.36

Another Day in the Death of America

Gary Younge

£9.99 £9.29