Nirvana have paid tribute to Steve Albini by sharing the four-page letter he sent to the band before agreeing to produce their final album, In Utero.

In the letter, Albini outlined his attitude and approach toward recording and producing. He wrote, “I think the very best thing you could do at this point is exactly what you are talking about doing: bang a record out in a couple of days, with high quality but minimal ‘production’ and no interference from the front office bulletheads. If that is indeed what you want to do, I would love to be involved.

“If, instead, you might find yourselves in the position of being temporarily indulged by the record company, only to have them yank the chain at some point (hassling you to rework songs/sequences/production, calling-in hired guns to “sweeten” your record, turning the whole thing over to some remix jockey, whatever…) then you’re in for a bummer and I want no part of it.”

Albini continued, saying that he’s “only interested in working on records that legitimately reflect the band’s own perception of their music and existence” and that “if a record takes more than a week to make, somebody’s f*cking up.”

Albini passed away on May 8 after suffering a heart attack at age 61.