Issue #785 (April, 2017) is out today, available via the usual stockists and our online store.
Our cover-story is the first-ever in-depth interview with Paris Jackson, daughter of iconic pop star, Michael Jackson.
Rolling Stone talks to Paris about her father's tragic death, her unusual upbringing and what the future holds.
Paris Jackson was around nine years old when she realised that much of the world didn't see her father the way she did. "My dad would cry to me at night," she says, sitting at the counter of a New York coffee shop in mid-December, cradling a tiny spoon in her hand. She starts to cry too. "Picture your parent crying to you about the world hating him for something he didn't do. And for me, he was the only thing that mattered. To see my entire world in pain, I started to hate the world because of what they were doing to him. I'm like, ‘How can people be so mean?' " She pauses. "Sorry, I'm getting emotional."
The issue also features an interview with British comedian John Oliver as he deals with parody in the new political age, plus we check in hip-hop truth-tellers, Run the Jewels, and sit down with Sydney singer-songwriter Holly Throsby to discuss her new novel, rediscovering her love of music and how she was shaped by her childhood.
Editor, Rod Yates:
Holly Throsby's favourite movie as a child was The NeverEnding Story. When she sees it now she can't quite fathom why – "That movie is so fucked up; the themes are just awful" – but as a youngster growing up in the inner-Sydney suburb of Balmain, she'd watch the 1984 fantasy epic a couple of times a week. This, let's not forget, is a film that features a gratuitously disturbing scene in which a horse drowns. The main protagonist, meanwhile – a boy called Bastian, who's just lost his mother and is bullied by his father and at school – is drawn into a fantasy world where he faces off against a swirling cloud called The Nothing, which effectively represents the very void of non-existence. It's one of those WTF? kids' movies that only fails to scar generations because they're too young to truly comprehend the horrors unfolding in front of them. "I can't imagine the effect the film had on me," Throsby chuckles, swirling a straw around her Soda, Lime & Bitters in the beer garden of an inner-Sydney pub on a warm February morning.
We also profile President Trump's right-hand man, Mike Pence, take a trip to Joshua Tree with U2, chat to Melbourne rockers Kingswood about their new sonic shift and pick apart The Shins' James Mercer's life soundtrack, as well as sit down for interviews with Wedding Parties Anything frontman Mick Thomas, Dune Rats, Holy Holy, All My Exes Live in Texas and Bad Religion's Greg Graffin.
Take a peak inside, with a digital preview of the issue below: