2014 marks 10 years of Clash – and we’ll be running some special content later this year to toast ourselves, just a little (cripes, we hit issue 100 in November!). But so far as that special content goes, we’ll be hard pushed to match what’s within the pages of issue 92 of Clash magazine (our latest Fashion Special, dated March 2014), our first issue to be guest edited.
By who? Oh, just some chap who commonly goes by the name of Elton John. No big deal.
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Featured in issue 92 of Clash magazine…
From the man’s own editor’s letter through a tour of his personal stage costume collection and an interview with designer Annie Reavy, to contributions with some of his personal favourite acts – John Grant, Queens Of The Stone Age, The Strypes – and the definitive feature on the making of the 40-years-young classic LP, ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’, Elton’s fingerprints are all over this issue.
Our in-depth ‘GYBR’ article explores the album’s genesis, its creation and its legacy. We speak to Elton (obviously), lyricist Bernie Taupin, drummer Nigel Olsson, guitarist Davey Johnstone and percussionist Ray Cooper, whose insights combine to comprise an indispensible document accompanying this classic LP – rereleased in March.
Elton also speaks to Clash about some of his current musical obsessions, offering his unique perspectives on the contemporary scene. We’ve taken his lead by compiling separate features on some of his favourites, outlined below.
Being one of Clash’s Fashion issues, we’ve not scrimped on that side of the magazine’s coverage. We’ve a millinery shoot with hats inspired by Elton, some specially commissioned for this issue, and spotlight some handpicked additions to Elton’s photography collection. Additionally, there are focuses on young designers Shaun Samson and Louise Alsop.
This is must-have material for any Elton fan – so if you can’t find Clash in stores, click to our online shop to get a copy.
Look out, too, for exclusive Elton-related online content running throughout February. And if you want to tell us about your own best-ever Elton song, to go towards Clash’s Ultimate Elton Playlist, tweet us: @clash_music.
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Also in this issue…
Next Wave: rising stars profiled in Clash’s inimitable style, with features on Kwabs, Farao, Anfrew Ashong, Haraket and Bitter Ruin.
Electric Selection: the latest 12”s rated, plus interviews with Mulro and Lucy.
Album reviews: from Beck to Wild Beasts, via Katy B and Bombay Bicycle Club, we’ve got it covered.
And much more. So much more, indeed, that we might need a month to recover from it all…
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Issue 92 of Clash magazine is available to buy directly from us immediately and in all good newsagents from February 6th.
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Cover photo credit: Terry O’Neill / Holton Archive / Getty Images