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Articles in the current Issue



Slated for making a mockery of The Clash, then drifting between acting roles and creating unfocused music, Joe Strummer spent a long period as a lost cause to rock’n’roll. But redemption came from unlikely sources. Kris Needs charts the fall and rise of a hero This one’s for Joe Strummer; I know he’s here somewhere,” grins Mick Jones, returning to the stage of the …




The first recording by one of the giants of 70s rock music has never been available – until now. He is known for his virtuosity and for generating excitement – and that applied when he was a teenager too, as you can hear on our exclusive 10” release by The Keith Emerson Trio. Ian Shirley hears how it came to be made The latest Record Collector Rare Record Club release came from a source …

ARTICLE From Issue 439



A pioneer of morbid rock and other deep, dark matters, Rozz Williams’ short and chaotic time on this planet left many questions – and rarities – for the rest of us. Freek Kinkelaar unravels the threads of the cult icon who founded Christian Death on April Fools Day, 1998, prominent writer, artist and musician Rozz Williams took his own life by hanging himself in his Hollywood …

ARTICLE From Issue 439

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Box sets from Bruce Springsteen, ABBA, REM, Jesus Jones, Tears For Fears, The Jam, Simon & Garfunkel, The Moody Blues, Ulver, The Go-Betweens. Deluxe Jethro Tull. Q&As with: Devilment's Dani Filth, Rammstein's Richard Kruspe, Live, Kobra & The Lotus.

Reviews from the current issue

Here is a selection from over 200 reviews from this month's Record Collector, the magazine that has the world's largest coverage of reissues

JAMES - Laid/Wah Wah

Landmark Eno-produced sister LPs reunited at last James won critical acclaim even before they released their 1983 debut EP Jimone, yet widespread commercial success remained elusive until their post-Madchester 45 Sit Down and 1992’s ensuing LP Seven both swept into the Top 5.  Sessions for Seven’s highly anticipated follow-up, with producer Brian Eno, eventually yielded enough …

ALBUM REVIEW From Issue 439

NORMAN JOPLING - Shake It Up Baby! Notes From A Pop Music Reporter 1961-1972 by Norman Jopling

Life and times of a brilliant pop picker This fascinating, funny and gloriously evocative account of London-born Norman Jopling’s rise from teenage tea boy to Almost Famous-styled pop scribe is easily the best music book to hit the shelves in an age.  Jopling’s razor-sharp memory of life on the old Record Mirror and his ascent to the loftier realms of the New Musical Express, …

BOOK REVIEW From Issue 439

JEFF BECK - A Man For All Seasons: Jeff Beck In The 1960s

Rock’s Beck pages Budget-conscious projects of this nature have long since settled into an almost self-parodic routine. A Man For All Seasons flags up all of the expected signifiers: an “unauthorised” disclaimer, no accompanying booklet, supplementary footage of the subject’s influences (in this instance, Les Paul, Gene Vincent and Buddy Guy) to bulk out an ostensibly generous …

DVD REVIEW From Issue 439

MONSTER MAGNET - London Camden Electric Ballroom (15th February, 2015)

View: through a haze of smoke Power-tripping cult legends Monster Magnet were back in the capital almost a year to the day, with an impressive supporting cast. Prosperina opened, featuring stoner elements with a dash of melodic breeziness. Swedish bulldozers Bombus then imposed themselves with gargantuan riffs and solid conviction.  Monster Magnet have never made a secret of their Hawkwind …

LIVE REVIEW From Issue 439


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