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Rolling Stone Australia

February 2018

Rolling Stone is one of Australia’s longest-running magazines. Since 1971 it has been the premier music & entertainment magazine in Australia. It reflects both global and Australian popular culture with passion, honesty and attitude.

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Malcolm On Top THERE’S NO DENYING THAT Malcolm Young made for one of the best ROLLINGSTONEcovers in recent years, but I can’t help but question your decision to put Malcolm on the cover over his brother George. The Easybeats had arguably more historical relevance than any other Aussie rock band. Not to mention he was also a driving force behind AC/DC as well as his own band. Barry Pence Cowra, NSW WOW! THE OBITUARIES FOR George and Malcolm Young were just gobsmacking. The photos are amazing – you have captured them well. I love reading the articles on Australian musicians. Anna M Brisbane, Qld As the Days Go By GREAT WORK ROLLING STONE on Darryl Braithwaite‘s Living Legend article. [RS 794] He’s a real nice guy,…

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Every letter published will win a money-can’tbuy Rolling Stone t-shirt. Write to us and tell us your thoughts on the magazine or life in general. But please, keep it brief! letters@rollingstoneaus.com ■…

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Sheer Mag LISTS BIG IN 2018Extended ‘Hot List’ interviews with the musicians, movie stars and more set to shape the year ahead. AWARDS GOLDEN GLOBES: WINNERS & LOSERSOur live coverage and post-event takeaways from the 75th Golden Globe Awards. INTERVIEW THE RETURN OF TOTAL CONTROLWe chat with the beloved Melbourne post-punks about their surprise new EP Laughing at the System. Noel Gallagher MUSIC NEWS, AROUND THE CLOCK Get breaking music news from ROLLING STONE’s award-winning staff of writers and reporters 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at RollingStoneAus.com RS LIVE IN THE OFFICE RUBY BOOTS SAMSARUH FOY VANCE (MARIE LIN) FOLLOW US ON > ■…

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random notes

A Top Five MomentDouble J’s Zan Rowe had a pinch-yourself moment during Paul McCartney’s Aussie tour, when he dropped a surprise interview into his schedule, picking his top five tracks for Rowe’s popular Take 5 podcast. Number one? “Blackbird”, with a surprising back-story. ARE YOU EXPERIENCED? Bono and Adam Clayton of U2 hung out at London’s EMA Awards. The band will begin its Experience + Innocence Tour in May. HAMISH AND ANDY DUK OUT Hamish and Andy bowed out of their radio careers in high style, playing Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne with their band Cool Boys and the Frontman (featuring Vance Joy) and supported by Peking Duk. Same Love 2018 Cub Sport couple Tim Nelson and Sam Netterfield have been engaged since last…

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2017 albums of the year

1 Kendrick Lamar DAMN. Rap’s most powerful voice at the absolute top of his game, with nothing left to provebuthisstayingpower.Lamar’s2015 watershed To Pimp a Butterfly was a brilliant hip-hop therapy session, exploding with quick-change flows, warped introspect and kaleidoscopic beats. The chart-topping DAMN. is his bare-knuckled MC blowout, just as potent but hitting with more immediate impact. He brushes off haters on “YAH.” (“Fox News wanna use my name for percentage”), then dives deeper, musing on family and referencing the Bible. On “FEEL.” he unloads his head over a trippy slow jam, going roughly 50 lines without break on one breathless stretch, a virtuoso synaptic display that’s dense without becoming impenetrable, thanks to Lamar’s feel for flow and hooks. The single “HUMBLE.” is a tour de force, packed…

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reissues of the year

HEARTS ON FIRE The Beatles, 1967 Trouble No More Bob Dylan The 13th instalment of Dylan’s Bootleg Series, covering his rocky passage through evangelical Christianity between 1979 and 1981, confronts the hardened judgment on that era – that his turn in faith and censure lacked nuance, charity and groove – with an emphasis on the contrarian vigour and evolving force of that righteousness in soundchecks, rehearsals and touring. A full June 1981 concert in the nine-disc edition, as Dylan gradually returned to his secular songbook, affirms the constancy from “Blowin’ in the Wind” to “Gotta Serve Somebody”. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band The Beatles Fifty years on, this much is undeniable: Sgt. Pepper was a perfect synchronicity – the biggest pop band in the…