Since Select Magazine went away in 2000, Uncut Magazine took over as my favorite music magazine. In their latest issue, which came out in the stores in the UK this week (January 27th), they featured the 30th Anniversary of Meat is Murder with a The Smiths cover. I haven't seen it in the stores here, but typically we're slower to get imported magazines.
If you're impatient, you can get the magazine in its digital form for $3.99, but personally I would pay a little more to get the print edition (with free CD).
Details from uncut.co.uk:
Morrissey is on the front cover, and inside we celebrate the 30th anniversary of Meat Is Murder with an in-depth, inside look at the making of the record.
With help from band members, close associates and contemporaries - even Neil Kinnock - we learn about awkward moments in Little Chefs, car races with OMD and the use of sausages as an offensive weapon... "We were unmanageable!"
Adam Granduciel discusses The War On Drugs' 2014, a rollercoaster of a year which saw their third album, Lost In The Dream, achieve huge acclaim. The frontman even looks forward to the band’s next album, and finally talks at length about the little matter of Mark Kozelek...
Elsewhere, Kraftwerk members and associates tell the full story of Autobahn, a record that changed the world’s idea of Germany and revolutionised electronic music.
Bob Dylan's Shadows In The Night, a collection of Frank Sinatra covers, gets the full Uncut analysis in our reviews section, while we also look at Sinatra’s dealings with rock, a genre he once called "brutal, ugly, degenerate, vicious..."
Also in the issue, Allan Jones pays tribute to the late Joe Cocker, we examine Tim Buckley's overlooked final years, and put your questions to the master of soundtracks, Ennio Morricone, who discusses Sergio Leone, Quentin Tarantino and Morrissey.
Steve Cropper takes us through 10 of the greatest songs he played on and co-wrote - from Stax cuts from Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding and Booker T & The MG's, to later work with John Lennon, Big Star, Neil Young and the Blues Brothers - while Phosphorescent's Matthew Houck reveals eight records that have soundtracked his life.
Tim Burgess recalls The Charlatans' storied career in our 'album by album' piece this month, while Devo describe the inspirations behind their gleefully warped classic, Jocko Homo – from witnessing the tragic Kent State shootings to jamming with David Bowie in Cologne…
This month's 40-page reviews section includes Dylan, Led Zeppelin, Emmylou Harris, Slowdive, Father John Misty, The Pretty Things, The Pop Group, The Unthanks and more, while the Instant Karma section at the front of the magazine features Clive Langer, Man and Blake Mills, among others.
Autographs: Mike and Andy (1997) and Johnny Marr (2013)
Obviously, I haven't attended a Smiths/Morrissey convention since then, but does anyone care that Richard Blade is the guest of honor for the 2015 Convention? Why not Johnny Rogan or David T or Miriam from Altadena or Jo Slee or Stephen Street?
I know that that Blade interviewed Morrissey "at KROQ" in 1991 (the music session was released as an EP), but I'm not sure if I want to put down $30 at the door to meet him.
Anyway, The Smiths/Morrissey 2015 Convention will take place at the Avalon in Hollywood on Sunday, April 26, 2015. If you're going this year, let me know how it turned out.
The 19th Annual Smiths/Morrissey Convention will take place @ The Beautiful AVALON in HOLLYWOOD Ca....6pm-2am....ALL AGES-!
Hosted by RICHARD BLADE and featuring Live Music Tributes to The SMITHS and MORRISSEY, Cool Collectibles, Rare Videos, Contests, Prizes, Guest DJ's... and of course Dancing All NIGHT LONG-!
This Year, Our Special Musical Guests will be: