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Classic Rock Summer 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
13 Issues

in this issue

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Seven weeks. That’s just 49 days, and an insignificant length of time in the grand scheme of things. But 30 years ago, over seven weeks during the summer of 1991, one hell of a lot happened in the world of rock. The passage of time has meant that often people think back to 1991 as the summer of grunge, but in truth it really wasn’t. It might have been a period in which many pivotal albums that would herald the heyday of grunge were released, but much of their success would come later the following year or even long after that. Originally, we’d planned to just take a deep-dive look back at the first 30 years of Pearl Jam’s incredible career – these days a bona fide classic rock band in…

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this month’s contributors

NIALL DOHERTY Niall Doherty is a music journalist and the former Deputy Editor of Q magazine (RIP). The greatest day of his life (don’t tell his family) is when he visited Pearl Jam’s HQ in Seattle and hung out with Eddie Vedder for an afternoon in 2011. He recently helped launch the music newsletter The New Cue. He wrote this issue’s cover story celebrating 30 years of Pearl Jam (p28). LANCE MERCER Lance, who took this month’s cover photo (and the cover photo of Pearl Jam’s Ten) and many pictures in our PJ feature (p28), is in demand as a visual storyteller, applying his talents in the music, editorial and commercial worlds, as well as in the production, direction, and filming of documentary projects. You can find out more and see some of…

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shoot to thrill

FOR MORE NEWS: WWW.CLASSICROCKMAGAZINE.COM THE ROCK PHOTOGRAPHERS Collective is a webstore for merchandise featuring officially licensed, iconic images of some of the greatest names in rock, metal, punk and alternative music. Set up by David Trew, it has work from established photographers such as Andy Phillips, Stefan de Batselier, Angela Williams, Martyn Goddard, Stephen Parker, Nick Elliott and Tony Barratt. “In the world of photography, everything changed when digital images became good enough for print, thus marking the end of film,” Trew explains. “And because of that, many photographers no longer actively worked in the industry. Our contributors had been flown around the world by music papers but owned the rights to their work, a lot of which was sat in filing cabinets doing nothing. We considered that a waste.” The Rock Photographers…

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Phil Johnstone September 1, 1957 - May 31, 2021 Guitarist, keyboard player, producer and songwriter Phil Johnstone was a member of Robert Plant’s group from 1987 until 1993, touring with the former Led Zeppelin frontman and appearing on the albums Now And Zen, Manic Nirvana and Fate Of Nations. He went on to work with Alannah Myles and The Levellers, among others. No cause of death for the 64-year-old has been revealed. BJ Thomas August 7, 1942 – May 29, 2021 Paul Stanley, Dionne Warwick and Richard Marx are among the stars to pay tribute to the singer whose version of Burt Bacharach and Hal David’s Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head is one of the most popular tracks in music. “When you heard BJ sing there was never a doubt who it was,” Stanley…

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tawny kitaen

THE STAR OF a number of Whitesnake videos has died at the age of 59. American actress Tawny Kitaen came to prominence during the hair-metal boom while in a relationship with (and later married) David Coverdale, appearing in the MTV-rotated promos for Still Of The Night, Is This Love, the re-recorded version of Here I Go Again and The Deeper The Love. Her appearance in those popular clips helped Whitesnake’s 1987 album to sell eight million copies in the US alone. Julie Ellen ‘Tawny’ Kitaen was born in San Diego, California. Her first brush with fame in the music world came after her legs adorned the cover of Ratt’s debut EP, Ratt. Kitaen was dating the band’s guitarist Robbin Crosby at the time, and subsequently starred on the cover of…

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florian pilkington-miksa

SONJA KRISTINA BROKE the news of the passing of Curved Air’s original drummer. Florian Pilkington-Miksa, who co-founded the British prog group in 1970 and had three spells with them. “Florian was a unique man and musician,” Curved Air vocalist Kristina wrote on Facebook. “His style incorporated all the rhythms of the notes, so that he played ‘the song’ rather than a textbook drum beat. His spirituality was centred around Beings of Light and a Universal Consciousness. Florian was also a sculptor. He created extraordinarily beautiful images of his angels.” Pilkington-Miksa was a co-founding member of Sisyphus, who morphed into Curved Air in 1970. He appeared on their first three records: Air Conditioning (1970), Second Album (’71) and Phantasmagoria (’72). After they broke up for the first time in 1972, he joined singer…