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Classic Rock

November 2021

Every month Classic Rock is packed with exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes features on rock’s biggest names, from Led Zeppelin to Deep Purple, from Guns N’ Roses to the Rolling Stones, from the Sex Pistols to AC/DC and beyond. Each issue plays host to the heftiest rock reviews section on the planet. In an average issue, you’ll find over 150 albums reviewed, all from the ever-varied, multi-faceted world of rock - whether it’s hard rock or heavy metal, prog or punk, goth rock or southern rock, we’ve got it covered.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
€ 6,17(Incl. btw)
€ 37,06(Incl. btw)
13 Edities

in deze editie

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Shameless promotion alert! Yep. This month I’m going to use this space to alert you to something that isn’t in the magazine. Hey, you’re holding it in your hands and the contents page is just a couple turns away, so you don’t need me to tell you what you have to look forward to reading this month (spoiler alert: AC/DC, Nikki Sixx, Joe Bonamassa and so much more!). What I want to tell you about here is the launch of the second season of Classic Rock’s podcast, The 20 Million Club. We began the pod last year – it’s hosted by legendary DJ Nicky Horne, with guest appearances from the CR team – and each episode explores one of the biggest-selling rock albums of all time. We ask: what’s so good…

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this month’s contributors

PAUL ELLIOTT Over his years of writing for CR, Paul has probably written the most words about AC/DC. So why break the habit of a lifetime, eh? This issue he ventures behind the scenes at Glasgow Apollo on April 30, 1978 to document the evening the band recorded If You Want Blood You’ve Got It, and investigates how AC/DC developed as an astonishing, unstoppable live power (p24). ROB HUGHES Rob has been writing for CR for a very long time now. This month he braved a chat with Ministry’s Al Jourgenson to get a measure of the man (p60), and also rifled through the record collection of Steven Van Zandt (p106). When not scribbling for CR, Rob is a weekly guest of BBC 6Music presenter Marc Riley, with whom he hosted the podcast…

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springsteen in the frame

FOR MORE NEWS: WWW.CLASSICROCKMAGAZINE.COM cat no:#294 COPYRIGHT FUTURE 2021 A NEW BRUCE Springsteen book has been published by ACC Art Books. Featuring the photography of Janet Macoska, Live In The Heartland covers almost five decades of touring from The Boss, and also includes set-lists and corresponding editorial content. The majority of the photos are previously unseen. “My very first live shoot was of Bruce in 1974 as an opening act for Wishbone Ash,” Macoska tells Classic Rock, whose work has appeared in Rolling Stone, People, Vogue, Creem and the New York Times. At the time, Springsteen was two albums into his career and still a virtual unknown, but she recalls: “He looked like this little beatnik guy, and Wishbone Ash’s audience had no idea who he was, but forty-five minutes later they were up…

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lee ‘scratch’ perry

ANDREW HOLNESS, THE prime minister of Jamaica, was one of many who sent “deep condolences” to the family of Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry after the singer and producer, whose diverse studio resumé included work with Bob Marley & The Wailers, The Clash, the Beastie Boys and The Orb, passed away at 85. No cause of death has yet been revealed. Born Rainford Hugh Perry in the small town of Kendal, on the island’s west side, Lee was a notably eccentric yet likable character. After earning his nickname of ‘Scratch’ from an early recording, The Chicken Scratch, in 1965, five years later he began producing the Wailers as their commercial fortunes rose steadily. “The studio must be like a living thing, a life itself,” Perry once said of his unique production technique, which incorporated…

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roger newell

RICK WAKEMAN HAS paid tribute to his friend and former bass player Roger Newell, calling him “enthusiastic, dedicated and a great guy to be around”. The 73-year-old musician suffered an aortic aneurysm following a long battle with a heart-related illness. Newell had been a member of the 60s cult psychedelic band Rainbow Ffolly. He and Wakeman worked together on the latter’s 1974 prog epic, Journey To The Centre Of The Earth, as well as its two followups, The Myths And Legends Of King Arthur And The Knights Of The Round Table and No Earthly Connection, plus their associated tours. From 1988 onwards, Newell was part of the Wildcats, the backing band for British rock’n’roller Marty Wilde. During the 90s he was Deputy Editor of Future Publishing’s Bassist magazine, a regular contributor to Guitarist…

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ron bushy

THE FORMER IRON Butterfly drummer has lost a battle with oesophageal cancer at the age of 79. Born in Washington DC, Bushy joined the pioneering hard rock band in 1966 and was the only musician to appear to each of the group’s six albums, from 1968’s Heavy to Sun And Steel in 1975. He will be best remembered for In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, the 17-minute standard to which he contributed a lengthy drum solo. In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida was written as a slow country ballad by organist/frontman Doug Ingle, who remains the last survivor of the band’s bestloved incarnation. Its unusual title stemmed from a miscommunication between Ingle and Bushy. “I came home [from work] late one night and Doug had drunk a whole gallon of Red Mountain wine,” Bushy later recalled of the song’s inception. “When I…