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Q Magazine Summer 2020 Issue

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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A week ago, I worried that we hadn’t allocated enough space for this month’s obituary notices. Little Richard designed rock’n’roll, after all. Florian Schneider’s Kraftwerk helped invent modern electronic music as we know it. No Tony Allen, no Afrobeat. As a kid, Dave Greenfield’s keyboards with The Stranglers opened up a world beyond punk’s three-minute knee-tremblers for me. These were important musical portals, now alas closed. There are, however, only so many pages you can devote to sad news. And then, just as we were entering the final straight on this issue, it suddenly became apparent that Q’s own health was vulnerable. I can’t say much more, you can use your search engine for that, other than it turns out pandemics really are bad for business, after all. I feel extremely proud…

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little richard (1932 – 2020)

At a time when our planet was mourning the loss of its daily way of life, the news of the death of Little Richard on 9 May was the loss of an epoch. The Rock’N’Roll Age is now history. Its self-professed “architect”, at 87 Richard Penniman from Macon, Georgia managed to outlive his fellow ’50s planet-shakers Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran and Bo Diddley, survived only by Jerry Lee Lewis: the last of rock’n’roll’s original sinners still standing, just, at 84. Blood brothers and bitter rivals one and all, theirs was a collective triumph of stark individualism, each supplying their own unique megaton to the cultural explosion: Elvis, the sex; Chuck, the boogie; Jerry Lee, the mania; Buddy, the melodies; Gene, the agony; Eddie, the…

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florian schneider (1947 – 2020)

Florian Schneider-Esleben came from a dynasty of architects and, in his own way, he joined the family business. The five albums that he released with Kraftwerk between Autobahn (1974) and Computer World (1981) reconfigured the skyline of popular music, giving rise to synthpop, electro, techno and all subsequent unions of man and machine. As Spandau Ballet’s Gary Kemp tweeted after Schneider’s death from cancer at the age of 73, he was “forging a new Metropolis of music for us all to live in”. Schneider met Kraftwerk co-founder Ralf Hütter at Düsseldorf Conservatory in 1968. “We talked the same language,” remembered Hütter. “We were Einzelgänger – loners, mavericks. Mr Kling and Mr Klang.” Born into occupation and shame, they wanted to evoke a new, progressive Germany, untainted by the past. Seemingly as…

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they also served

Tony Allen 12 August 1940 – 30 April 2020 Tony Allen was one of the world’s all-time greatest and most influential drummers. Allen, who was born in Lagos, developed the pioneering rhythms that powered the sound of Afrobeat. He rose to prominence as the drummer and musical director of Fela Kuti’s band Africa ’70, with the group recording a string of ground-breaking albums throughout the ’70s. More recently, he worked on a number of projects with Damon Albarn including The Good, The Bad & The Queen, Rocket Juice & The Moon and Africa Express. He died suddenly in Paris at the end of April, aged 79. Ty 17 August 1972 – 7 May 2020 Ben Chijioke, better known as the rapper Ty, died in May after contracting coronavirus. Ty released his debut album Awkward in…

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isolation choice cuts

Laura Barton Q Writer Music: Basically, if you are not the Suzanne Vallie album (out in July) then I do not want to listen to you. Screen: The Last Waltz (to remember what it’s like to be at a gig) and Heartworn Highways (to remember what it is to be a struggling musician). Book: Rebecca Solnit is the wisest voice in the world, and her new book, a mingling of essay and memoir called Recollections Of My Non-Existence, is quite electric. Podcast: The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation is a podcast goldmine, especially David Ridgen’s quiet, determined investigation series Someone Knows Something. Trumpcast host Virginia Heffernan also makes great lockdown company. Recipe: There is nothing in this life that can’t be improved by tacos and margaritas. But also: website Sunday Suppers’ chocolate, prune and Armagnac cake. Onlice resource/article: The Daily…

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jessie ware

A few days ago, Jessie Ware made a terrible error in lockdown cuisine. She ordered some beautifully smoked fish from upmarket London suppliers Secret Smokehouse to make a delicious fish pie and only realised her mistake as she placed the lovingly-made dish down in front of her kids. “They looked at it like, ‘You are having a fucking bubble, mate!’” Not even smothering it in ketchup could rectify the situation. “They were like, ‘Nah, mate. Peanut butter on toast?’ And I was like, ‘Fuck off! You’re not getting that!’” Sausages are a much safer bet with kids, she reckons. Your old trusty banger works with anything, and she has applied this rule to Q journalists too. On a strangely cold afternoon in May, she is instructing me over a Zoom call…