DAVE GAHAN: Depeche Mode’s scorch-proof frontman comes clean to Martin Aston about his thirty-plus years of life and near-death experiences in the world’s biggest electronic band. YOKO ONO: As Mrs John Lennon turns 80, Mark Paytress drops in on the Berlin celebrations to sing “Happy birthday!” with Michael Stipe, Peaches and the Wainwrights.
ERIC BURDON: From Newcastle streets to Stuttgart jail, the former Animals singer confesses all. “We should have been the first punks,” he tells Alan Light.
JOHN GRANT: Diagnosed HIV positive, the one-time Czars frontman follows the critically-lauded Queen Of Denmark with a new dark electronic tirade against a former lover.
THAT’LL BE THE DAY: How Keith Moon, Ringo Starr, Harry Nilsson, David Essex and David Puttnam joined forces on a British music movie that sparked a rock’n’roll revival and laid waste to the Isle of Wight. John Harris follows the trail.
135 REVIEWS, INCLUDING: James Blake / Depeche Mode / Iron & Wine / Phoenix / Kurt Vile / The Flaming Lips / Tom Odell / Steve Earle / Junip / Charles Bradley / Akron/Family / Yeah Yeah Yeahs / The Strokes / Sparks / The Breeders / Smokey Robinson / David Bowie / Smokey Robinson / Gene Clark / Shuggie Otis / Morrissey / The Postal Service / Nick Cave / Sabvages / Ziggyology / Good Vibrations
PLUS! Seasick Zeppelin! / Sandie Shaw’s Self Portrait / Deerhunter in the studio/ Stephen Stills confides / Jello Biafra rumbas / Jake Bugg smokes / Red Wedge ousts Thatcher (not!) / Alvin Lee, Kevin Ayers Donald Byrd and Shadow Morton tributes / and the crazy fall of The House Of Love