EXCLUSIVE! JACK WHITE UNVEILS not one, but two, killer comeback albums and the stories behind them. Fasting! Q-Tip! Being a nicer boss than Prince! All this and T. Rex – boogie madness; Cypress Hill – back from death’s door; Rolling Stones – new album progress report, by Keith Richards!; Vashti Bunyan – her incredible journey. Plus: Mudhoney, Talk Talk, Horace Andy, Bonnie Raitt, Porcupine Tree, Jimmy Webb, Wet Leg, John McLaughlin, Kurt Vile, Brian Auger, Fontaines DC, Pavement, Ry Cooder & Taj Mahal reunited, Mark Lanegan & Norma Waterson R.I.P.
THIS MONTH’S COVERMOUNT CD collects The Songs That Jack White Taught Us: 15 incredible originals that inspired Jack and White Stripes covers. Starring: Johnny Cash, Son House, Love, Otis Redding, The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band, Pentagram, and much more!
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COVER STORY: JACK WHITE Jack’s back, with two albums, blue hair and an – as ever – unique methodology. How starving himself, staring at the sun, and buying Prince albums for 50 grand played a part in a blazing comeback. “I enjoy extreme circumstances,” he tells Grayson Haver Currin.
T. REX Fifty years ago, Britain hit Peak Bolan – although doubt was already gnawing at the Bopping Elf: “He was a tough kid, but he had all this spirituality...”
BONNIE RAITT The Queen of Slide on a lifetime’s commitment to music with guts and roots: “I felt like I still gotta hold up the candle for the badass blues mamas.”
TALK TALK A deep dive into Spirit Of Eden, the enigmatic *tour de force that atomised one of the ’80s most cultified bands, from a compelling new book by Ben Wardle.
CYPRESS HILL Swopping gang-banging for rhyme-slinging saved their lives. Thirty years on, they remain the most distinctive voices, with the wildest sounds, in rap.
VASHTI BUNYAN Mangled by the ’60s pop machine, she set out on a quest in a horse-drawn van, and found the songs that made up her masterpiece. Now she’s written a book about it.
MUDHONEY How four goofballs invented ‘grunge’. Eyewitnesses retrace the beer-sodden path to Superfuzz Bigmuff: “It was all about getting stuff down to its essence.”
PORCUPINE TREE Steven Wilson’s revered neo-quasi-prog project is back, but for how long no-one can – or will – say: “You might want to see us now while you can.”
REVIEWED Horace Andy / Pavement / Fontaines DC / Kurt Vile / Subway Sect / Swami John Reis / Wet Leg / Alabaster DePlume /. Edgar Winter / Red Hot Chili Peppers / Father John Misty / Calexico / Oysterband / Plosivs / Cowboy Junkies / Daniel Rossen / Confidence Man / Kraftwerk / Faust / Bill Fay / Tindersticks / Branko Mataja / Brian Auger / Dusty Springfield
PLUS Mark Lanegan: A Fond Farewell / Keith Richards on Little Walter, and Stones LP progress / Ry Cooder & Taj Mahal reunite / Molly Tuttle and Sarah Brown are Rising / John McLaughlin remembers Mahavishnu / Sigur Rós in the studio / Alice Cooper takes his life to the stage / How To Buy... Tortoise / 1955 rocks! / the mysterious Les Rallizes Dénudés / R.I.P. Norma Waterson, Betty Davis, Gary Brooker and Ian McDonald