Issue 783 (February, 2017) is out today, available via the usual stockists and our online store.
Our cover-story subject is Ryan Adams, with editor Rod Yates spending time with the U.S. singer-songwriter stateside, as well as at a recent Sydney preview show for his forthcoming new album Prisoner.
When the Grammy nominations were announced in late-2014, Adams' self-titled album was nominated for two: Best Rock Album and Best Rock Song for "Gimme Something Good". But what should have been a "yeah! moment" was darkened when "details of my personal life and what was about to happen became public". After marrying actress Mandy Moore in 2009 the couple were about to split, meaning their relationship – which the notoriously private Adams routinely refused to discuss in interviews – was about to be dragged into the spotlight. "I don't like that [celebrity] world," he tuts. "I'm behind a guitar for a reason. Some people long for that attention, I don't."
Rolling Stone U.S. editor and publisher Jann S. Wenner sits down with Barack Obama for a frank conversation about the outcome of the recent election and his legacy.
Jann S. Wenner:
I had many more questions for him than time allowed: Why had no one responsible for the Wall Street frauds, which cost millions of people their homes, their savings, their jobs, been sent to jail? Likewise, why did the people who misled America into the Iraq War also go scot-free? Would the rise of Donald Trump have been possible had any of them been held accountable? What was his sense of accomplishment in preserving so many millions of acres of national lands? And what did it take to finally put climate change at the top of his agenda...
Alex Morris heads to Nashville to interview Evan Rachel Wood, star of 2016 television hit, Westworld.
What the public didn't know at the time was that Wood was attracted not just to [Marilyn] Manson's in-your-face liberation but also to his androgyny. She has since referred to herself as gender-fluid, and in 2011 came out publicly as bisexual. In June, two days before the shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, she woke up with "some weird premonitions, an aching in my heart to reach out to the LGBT community and share my story", which she did in a 19-minute video she posted online. "Nearly half of bisexual women have considered or attempted suicide, they have higher rates of mood disorders such as depression and anxiety, one in two bisexual women has experienced severe violence by an intimate partner," she said, rocking back and forth and peering at the camera. These are all things, she says, that she has experienced since she realised at age four or five she was attracted to women. Her suicide attempt at 22 "was, weirdly, the best-worst thing that ever happened to me. 'Cause it did not work." She's more circumspect about the abuse, but admits it was "physical, psychological, sexual".
The issue also features our annual lists of the best music, movies and more from 2016. We also take a look at the history of the "all American killer", the AR-15 assault rifle, head out on the road with party punks The Bennies as they tour across Japan, sit down with Sting for a reflection on this career, plus catch-up with the xx and Kasey Chambers to discuss their new albums, talk to Charli XCX about the repercussions of putting her phone number online and spend some time with Jon Stevens and his surprise new collaboration partner — Eurythmics' Dave Stewart.