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In the new issue of Q, we head to Paris for an audience with Pete Doherty. Sylvia Patterson spends two nights with Doherty at the Bataclan discussing remembrance, violence, heroin, detox, love, music, crack pipes, Amy Winehouse and every point in-between. “I’m alright, I think, in myself, I’m alright,” he says.
On sale from Tuesday, 13th December, the issue also features Q’s 50 albums of 2016 and comes with a cover-mounted CD containing 15 hand-picked tracks from some of the year’s best records. As part of our coverage of the year, there’s a six-page reminder why the world belonged to David Bowie in 2016 and a preview of the forthcoming David Bowie: The Last Five Years BBC documentary. There’s a 23-page special tribute to Leonard Cohen as told through his 20 best songs and a piece by Adam Cohen about his dad, who he described as “the best-known short-order chef in the world.”
This month’s Q Maverick is The Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne, who tells Tom Doyle that the band are “doing whatever the fuck we want and no-one is going to stop us.” Paul Brannigan joins hard-rock contenders Avenged Sevenfold on the roof of a tall building in LA to hear about their masterplan for world domination. This month’s Cash For Questions subjects are indie-rock trio Courteeners, Slaves take us through their record collection and Brian Jonestown Massacre’s Anton Newcombe runs through his 10 Commandments for living. We join Laura Marling in the studio to discuss her eagerly-awaited sixth album and go for lunch with Jon Bon Jovi, who leaves Q to finish off his leftover sushi.
Elsewhere, we join Tuareg rockers Tinariwen in the desert for a special gig and witness Coldplay up close as they play an intimate show at London’s Palladium. The Q Review section runs the rule over new records from Neil Young, The Flaming Lips, A Tribe Called Quest, The Rolling Stones and Common amongst many others.