A quarter of a century ago, a motley rabble of misfits united into a cataclysmic cultural revolution known simply as a grunge. With a new vision and raw energy, this group of punk dropouts from America’s Pacific Northwest breathed life into the otherwise bloated late-80s rock’n’roll scene. As Nirvana’s Nevermind marks its 25th anniversary this year, we celebrate the cultural explosion behind it by exploring the birth of grunge in the cover feature of our new issue – on sale from Thursday (7 April).
Investigating the rise of Kurt Cobain and co, Keith Cameron‘s 20-page special includes eyewitness accounts, archive pictures and new interviews with the likes of Pearl Jam, TAD, Mudhoney, Soundgarden and more as Q charts the year that grunge broke.
Also this month, Jake Bugg talks about his new album, why he currently doesn’t own a kettle and the Beastie Boy who is giving him stick, while The 1975 update us on a month spent travelling – and conquering – the globe.
Anohni discusses gender, politics and much more and Manic Street Preachers revisit the emotional creation of Everything Must Go in a 10-page feature.
With the aid of some of Italian gelato, an ice-cool James Bay faces Q’s readers in this month’s Cash For Questions, while Cate Le Bon dicusses the joys of goat ownership and unusual pop creation.
John Cale recalls what getting the heave-ho from The Velvet Underground taught him, Jack Garratt explains how he escaped Junior Eurovision to become the critics’ choice, Jess Glynne reveals the soppy ballads and house bangers that changed her life and Elvis Costello goes to Chelsea!
Brix Smith-Start gets confessional over sushi, Metronomy send an album update from the studio and Catfish & The Bottlemen provide tips on how to get one over log flume operators (!)
With live reviews of Adele, New Order and Fat White Family, plus the definitive verdict on new albums from Richard Ashcroft,Kendrick Lamarr, Andrew Bird, Lush, Gwen Stefani, Weezer and many more, Q is the only music magazine you need for the month ahead.
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