The question of who survives in the world of music and who doesn’t is often a vexed one – and by survival we don’t mean not losing your record deal after one single, we mean literally staying alive.
The ones you might least expect to go young often do, many you can see coming and some, well some just defy logic. Iggy Pop has put his body through more abuse than most – both physical and chemical – but has survived to tell the tale. In this month’s cover story, he and the Stooges Ron Asheton recount the story to Paul Byrne, a story of a friendship that fell apart and was rebuilt, a career that has teetered on the brink of collapse on many an occasion and their redemption – both personal and professional. Oh, and getting whipped by a Nazi on stage before being dumped in the street by the audience. Nice.
Elsewhere you’ll find the usual mix of the well known and the acts that we feel should be making your acquaintance. Tanya Sweeney meets Damian Dempsey ahead of the release of his new album to find out why he has delved into the Dublin ballads of his youth for inspiration, Alanis Morisette and Martha Wainwright discuss the very different relationships that informed their latest records and The Tings Tings prove that there is much more to them than tabloid headlines and conquering the pop charts.
As ever, though, we look to delve a little deeper and this issue we are proud to offer you a selection of new talent from both home and abroad. Fred have been threatening to do great things for a while and now with the accomplished ‘Go God Go’ album behind them look set to break out of Cork underground. Joe Chester and Mark Geary have taken very different routes to get to a similar point – we bring them together with New Zealander Liam Finn to hear their experiences. Rachel Unthank too has come to wider attention from the usually ignored world of folk music but is unwilling to let it turn her head. Saul Williams, meanwhile, just lets rip.
With the festival season fast approaching we look forward to the Future Days event with two of its most interesting participants, Baby Dee and Dan Deacon, and recall the days of the FÃ©ile, when the concept of an Irish rock festival was a world away from what you would expect today.
If that wasn’t all, scattered amongst the pages you’ll also find another set of musical tips from our writers around the world, the best gigs to see, our opinion of the new Coldplay album plus all that’s new and exciting this month in the world of culture and entertainment. That’s your lot till the next one, hitting the stands nationwide on July 3rd.