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Inside the Issue: #789 (August 2017)

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Inside the Issue: #789 (August 2017)

Issue #789 (August, 2017) is out today, available via the usual stockists and our online store

Our cover story interview is with Radiohead, who look back at the making of their prescient masterpiece, OK Computer.

Andy Greene:

Released in the autumn of 1997 – a time when music was fragmenting into a thicket of subgenres and the relevance of guitar rock seemed to be fading (guitarist Jonny Greenwood recalls thinking that “bands are already old hat”) – OK Computer was the last masterpiece of the alt-rock movement, and a reminder that there’s still room for rock bands to carry on the late-Beatles mission of using the studio to create grand artistic statements with heretofore unheard sounds. “It was the album where they threw everything out the window,” says Yorke’s friend Michael Stipe. “They re­imagined and decontextualised what it was to be a band. It was a yearning, emotive, grounded urge to create something real.” 

We spend time with "The Real Thing" and psychedelic pop turned urban blues yarn-spinner, Russell Morris. The latest Living Legend subject tells Michael Dwyer on finding his calling:

"You can’t see it sometimes when it’s right in front of you. I think I only found it when I was mature enough to do it. My voice has become deeper and richer and you can put the character into that kind of song. I think the time was waiting for me."

We also remember Chris Cornell. David Fricke writes, "He was a grunge god and one of rock’s most powerful singers. He channelled his dark side into his songs – until it finally got the better of him."  

In addition, the issue features interviews with Poison, Fleet Foxes, The DrumsLondon GrammarHaim, Meg Mac and more. Plus crime writer Ian Rankin runs us through the songs that defined his life, Billy Joel shares some words of wisdom on doubting himself and staying in touch with his ex-wives, and we travel to Antarctica to look at icebergs and global warming.

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Topics: Inside the Issue   Radiohead   Chris Cornell   Fleet Foxes   Meg Mac   Royal Blood   Kirin J. Callinan   Dan Auerbach   Haim   Poison   London Grammar

 
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