He’s the biggest pop star in the world who is not called Adele, and yet he is also the most divisive. Dorian Lynskey meets Ed Sheeran on tour and then backstage at his Glastonbury triumph to unlock the secret to his success, and to talk prescription drugs, politics, “crushing naysayers” and how he smells a lot better than he looks.
Continuing on from our Mark E Smith tribute in the current issue of Q, illustrious fans of The Fall leader remember the music and the man.
Richard Russell progressed from hawking rave 12 inchers around Soho for XL Records to running the label, turning The Prodigy and Adele into international stars. He produced Gil Scott-Heron and Bobby Womack’s last albums, but, writes Tom Doyle, it was Russell’s own brush with mortality that prompted his first solo excursion, co-starring Damon Albarn, Giggs, Brian Eno and others.
Wild Beasts emerged in 2008 as an antidote to lumpen lad rock, delivering a unique brand of rakish, ambitious and emotionally intelligent pop. Their star seemed to be in the ascendant ever since... until they suddenly announced they were splitting in September last year. Laura Snapes meets them to find out why.
As part of our Mark E Smith tribute in the latest issue of Q, we spoke to illustrious fans, friends and former colleagues of The Fall leader. Here, ex-wife and former Fall guitarist Brix Smith Start recalls her time with the Hip Priest.
Mark E Smith formed The Fall as a teenager in 1976 with the explicit goal of tethering primitive music to intelligent lyrics. By 2015, thirty albums and countless band members later, he remained unusually faithful to that mission. But at what cost? In Smith’s last Q interview, Ted Kessler met him in the boozer to find out.
Mark E Smith was the ultimate outlier, a genius contrarian who carved out one of the most singular bodies of work in British music. His sad passing has prompted thousands of heartfelt obituaries. Q’s Simon McEwen revisits The Fall's 32 studio albums and chooses his six favourites.
Brandon Flowers has the perfect rock singer life. And yet behind the façade, everything started to unravel: his group, his music, his wife. Simon Goddard finds him at the dawn of another Killers album, but also at a crossroads, with band members bailing and his family leaving Las Vegas… are The Killers facing the final curtain?
The London quartet toured tirelessly to let the world know about their Mercury-nominated debut album and it caught up with them as they prepared to release their second album. Laura Snapes joined them on the road in the US to find a band trying to slow the sands of time.
He is the Ginger Johnny Cash. The loved, feared and respected Leader Of The Pack. Josh Homme is the badass king of Queens Of The Stone Age. Niall Doherty tracked his motorbike across Los Angeles and his footsteps through London.