Issue 780 (November, 2016) is out today, available via the usual stockists and our online store.
Our cover-story is an interview with iconic Australian rocker Jimmy Barnes, who has just released his first memoir, Working Class Boy.
Andrew P. Street:
But where many such autobiographies would veer into bravado – "That salt-of-the-earth childhood taught me the resilience that made me a star!" kind of thing – Barnes does something very different: the scared, abused children in his story turn into scared, abusive adults.
Read an exclusive excerpt from Working Class Boy here.
We also check in with Hall of Fame punk trio Green Day as they prep their new album Revolution Radio, due October 7th.
For the first time in more than 15 years, Green Day have an album that's just an album: 12 songs, no gimmick. "This was me, Billie and Tré firing off each other," says Dirnt, "in the same way as if we were practicing for Kerplunk" – the group's second album, from 1992 – "without thinking about it like that." The band sees it as a back-to-basics move, its version of U2's 2000 reboot, All That You Can't Leave Behind. "There was a thing where it was like, 'What should we be today?' " Armstrong says. And the answer: "Let's be Green Day. Green Day is awesome!"
There's also features and interviews with Laura Jane Grace from Against Me!, late-night TV star and karaoke king James Corden and Sydney scalliwags Sticky Fingers, as well as Norah Jones, Placebo's Brian Molko, Head and the Heart, Lisa Mitchell and Slipknot's Corey Taylor, plus a pair of longer reads — a recalling of The Beatles' LSD days and the amazing true story of two American soldiers who left for dead in Iraq.