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Q Magazine

August 2019

Q magazine is inventive, insightful and irreverent. It's the UK's biggest-selling music magazine and the world's best music guide. Our journalists get the interviews and exclusives that no other magazine can! Their expertise provides reviews you can rely on and trust. Q magazine's new entertainment section features EVERYTHING you need to know about music, films, DVDs, radios, books, games and gadgets... which, coupled with the famous Q Magazine Reviews, and you've got what amounts to the most essential music and entertainment guide there is.

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I first heard Florence Welch before I saw her. It was August, 2009, and I was sitting towards the back of a flight from London to Oslo, Norway. Behind me, two young Englishwomen took their seats with seconds before the doors closed and their bags were thrown off. The reason soon became apparent: Welch and her buddy, the keyboardist Isa Summers, had had a very big night the night before. In fact, it sounded as if it hadn’t entirely finished as we taxied down the runway and took off for the Øya Festival, where Florence + The Machine were due to play a mid-afternoon set a few weeks after the release of their debut album, Lungs. I liked her, too, long before I saw her. Throughout the flight, she and Isa…

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EDITORIAL Editor Ted Kessler [I might get a seersucker suit made] Deputy Editor Niall Doherty [I pledge to stop looking at Simon’s emails] Art Director Daniel Knight [Working on my attitude] Production Editor Simon McEwen [Selling my car to Chris] Assistant Editor Chris Catchpole [Buying a second-hand car] Picture Editor Monica Chouhan [Growing my hair as long as I can] Associate Copy Editor Matt Yates [Moving home] Subbing Martin Boon [Getting an allotment] Contributing Editors: Eve Barlow, Laura Barton, Mark Blake, Tom Doyle, Simon Goddard, John Harris, Dorian Lynskey, Jazz Monroe, Sylvia Patterson, Andrew Perry, Peter Robinson, Laura Snapes, Paul Stokes CONTRIBUTORS: Words: John Aizlewood, Matt Allen, Rachel Aroesti, Keith Cameron, Michael Cragg, Hannah J Davies, Dave Everley, Hannah Flint, Eamonn Forde, Andy Fyfe, George Garner, Pat Gilbert, Ian Harrison, Rupert Howe, Craig McLean, Phil Mongredien, Paul Moody, Rebecca Nicholson,…

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philippe zdar

Philippe Zdar, who died in a fall in Paris on 19 June at the age of 52, was one of music’s most inspirational producers and biggest personalities. Born Philippe Cerboneschi in the French Alps, Zdar sang in a punk band and served as a paratrooper before apprenticing at Paris’s Studio Marcadet and meeting Hubert “Boom Bass” Blanc-Francard, an encounter he called “the biggest thing that happened in my life”. Together they produced records for MC Solaar and formed the Mo’Wax duo La Funk Mob before mutating into Cassius and scoring a Top 10 hit with the disco-house anthem Cassius 1999. With Étienne De Crécy, meanwhile, Zdar made Motorbass’s Pansoul, predating Daft Punk’s Homework as the first great French house album. Beyond Cassius, whose fifth album Dreems came out just after his death,…

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brittany howard’s brave new world

“I thought, ‘What does it look like if I do this the way I want to do it?’” After Alabama Shakes played the final show of their Sound & Color tour in the late summer of 2017, the band’s mighty-voiced frontwoman Brittany Howard was weary. Five years of phenomenal success, touring the world and accumulating Grammys had taken its toll. With no plans to record, she decided to take stock of her life – took long road trips, fell in love, moved to New Mexico, thought a great deal about her past and her present and reconsidered her relationship with music. “Driving around the country and the silence, it gave me a lot of time to think,” she says over a beer in an East Nashville bar in early summer. “I was…

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bill callahan

Hello, Bill. Where are you right now? I’m in the shed behind my house where I do all my work. It’s a very apocalyptic day. A couple of hours ago it was so dark outside that it looked like night time, but it was only noon. Strange. Your new album, Shepherd In A Sheepskin Vest, is a double album. What’s the greatest double album ever? Double Nickels On The Dime by [’80s Californian art-punks] the Minutemen. Were you an angry punk rock kid? No. I liked punk but I was drawn towards the weirder side of things. I was a subtle punk. I would wear band T-shirts, but it would be under my sweatshirt. You spent part of your childhood growing up in Yorkshire. What are your abiding memories of the North of England in the…

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dr john

“If the music didn’t feel good, and it sold a kajillion records, it wouldn’t matter. It’s the music that matters.” Once persuasively described as “the world’s blackest white man”, the New Orleans pianist, Dr John, aka Mac Rebennack, died from cardiac arrest on 6 June, aged 77 – a decent innings for a full-blooded hepcat who lived life colourfully, energetically and often on the wrong side of the law. Very much a musician’s musician, his career path tended to contradict the title of one of his best-known tunes, 1973’s Right Place, Wrong Time. As a session guitarist on the mid-’50s Crescent City R&B scene, he was in the room when Little Richard cut Tutti Frutti – arguably the birthplace of rock’n’roll. In his youth, however, he was trouble writ large. During a bar…