Our special Prince memorial issue (#776, July 2016) is available from today, via the usual stockists and our online store.
Across 18 pages we cover the amazing career and tragic final days, with feature pieces, exclusive interviews and tributes from just some of the artists who have been influenced by Prince's genius.
"Prince's music was so picturesque that even I could see it. I could see his boss Mr. McGee, who thought Prince was never going to be shit. I could see Old Man Johnson’s farm. I could feel that 'Purple Rain' too. Prince's songs were that vivid, the images were that strong. I think I related to the way Prince saw things because we both grew up in the Midwest, where we met all kinds of people and had a great spectrum from which to learn. We both grew up hearing blues, rock & roll, jazz and gospel, and found the value in it all."
We also feature an interview with Australian producer Flume, as we follows up the staggering success of his breakthrough debut with new album Skin.
"In 2013, 'Flume' blew up and so did the head of the guy who made it. 'My dreams were coming true,' he says. 'There was a while there when I thought I was king shit. I definitely remember having a huge ego. I was on a cool label, I had lots of fans and I had people telling me how amazing I was all the time.'"
For the second instalment of our new Living Legend series Stuart Coupe interviews Rob Hirst about his latest collaboration, his career and the reunion of Midnight Oil.
We also catch up with Rivers Cuomo, Bob Evans, Jamie Hince from The Kills, Blink 182's Tom DeLonge, Temper Trap and Neko Case on her new super-group with K.D. Lang and Laura Veirs.
Closing out the issue is an in-depth report on the "$100 million hunt for alien life", by Mark Adams.
"The new space race is being driven largely by billionaires like Russian venture capitalist Yuri Milner who grew up staring at the stars before building terrestrial-tech fortunes. Cost-efficient travel to the stratosphere and beyond, which just a generation ago was the failed dream of the $200 billion Space Shuttle program, is now a reality thanks to fierce competition among companies like Blue Origin and Elon Musk's SpaceX. (SpaceX, which builds rockets much more powerful than its rival's, stuck the landing of a reusable vehicle in December.) Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic and its less-flashy rival XCOR are taking reservations on their first suborbital tourism flights. Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen – who prior to Milner was SETI's best-known benefactor – hopes to build the world's largest airplane, a mothership designed to launch rockets from 30,000 feet."