Issue 777 (August, 2016) is out today, available via the usual stockists and our online store.
Our cover-story subject is Midnight Oil frontman and former politician, Peter Garrett, discussing his new memoir and debut solo album.
Editor Rod Yates:
A week earlier, Garrett stood in the Hercules Street Studio in nearby Surry Hills, surrounded by record label people, management personnel and a select few media, for whom he hosted a playback of the record. For a man airing his first solo album – a man, let's not forget, who hasn't issued a note of music since quitting Midnight Oil in 2002 and taking up a position with the Australian Labor Party as the member for Kingsford Smith in 2004 – it must have felt like a loaded moment.
We also profile country star Keith Urban as he navigates through fame and his dark past.
Plus, we remember boxing icon Muhammad Ali, who tragically passed away last month.
People scorned him, even reviled him. Some feared him. Even when the young man proved himself to be what he claimed – the fastest, most astonishing boxer we'd ever seen, as well as a black man who wouldn't seek permission for his pride or submit to conventions of image and values – he was still too bold to be endured. He was an implicit threat. Some – millions, for that matter – watched him just to see him knocked down, razed.
The issue also features interviews with Tegan and Sara, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Shihad frontman Jon Toogood, Bat For Lashes' Natasha Khan, rising Brisbane singer-songwriter Emma Louise and many more. There's also our 'Living Legend' series with a profile of iconic Australian musician Mark Lizotte, better known as Diesel,and Rüfüs take us around the world with a photo diary of their recent world tour. Further afield there's an in-depth report on virtual reality and we get the low-down on the new supernatural television series from Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman.