Cover star – Blur
1) p66 – 3rd page of 5 page interview with Lucinda Williams by Mark Ellen. She wakes up to ‘Pink Moon’ by Nick Drake each morning.
2) p118 – full page review of Roseanne Cash’s ‘Rules of Travel’ album by Mark Cooper.
3) p12 – part essay on how the lexicon of wars and weaponry have entered the English language (“In the current war, actual fighting is being described as ‘pockets of resistance and friendly-fire has become ‘blue-on-blue’ incidents – drawn from British military planning where ‘our’ side is always coloured blue on maps”) and part report of The Thrills recording a version of ‘Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me’. (“…it’s all lilting guitar, suspense and crashing drum rolls. It sounds great. The trouble is, when singer Conor Deasy comes into the studio, he can’t sing it”).
4) p80 – final page of 5 page interview with Antony Beevor by Andrew Harrison. “A distinguished psychiatrist told me that Stalin could be categorised as a paranoid schizophrenic, but Hitler, apart from at the end when he was obviously demented, suffered from nothing more than a severe personality disorder.”
5) P128 – full page of tour adverts for Ian McCulloch, Keith Emerson, B-52’s, The Pretenders and Vic Chestnutt.
Interesting – in ‘Powder Corrupts’, Caitlin Moran recounts the seduction technique which got her fired from the ‘Modern Review’. Whilst high on coke she dances for William Leith. “I know I dropped to my knees at one point because ‘Mysterious Ways’ features the line “On your knees, boy”, and I remember wanting to convey the powerful sensuality of the line as literally as possible. Unfortunately, I also remember scrambling to my feet shouting “That lyric is in the next verse! I didn’t need to be down yet! GOOD!” to Leith, who was trying to drive his chair backwards off the dancefloor in sheer terror.”
We also learn that Johnny Vegas is a big fan of Bukowski. “…he never apologised for being a drunk. But he didn’t deal well with women. He obviously met a lot of mad ones. If you drink in the right pubs you do.”
Longer article – John Naughton writes about the recent rekindling of interest in World War Two.