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.
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.”
"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 Drums, London Grammar, Haim, 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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