First and foremost, we pay tribute to master songwriter and musician Prince. Yet another musical genius lost to us this year. Keep an eye out for our full-length Prince special – soon to follow.

Elsewhere this issue we speak to Dexys spokesman Kevin Rowland and bandmate Sean Read about their recent foray into the world of folk music. Then it’s on to a lengthy chat with some of the famous Eighties musicians that helped soundtrack the new Eddie The Eagle film – with Gary Barlow as curator. More interviews this issue include John Foxx, who surveys a portion of his career, pop sleeve artist Scott King and Ben Watt – who has laid down a fine solo effort while Everything But The Girl are on (near-permanent) hiatus.

We feature a fine extract from ‘Showbiz journalist’ Paul Simper’s new book that focusses on Bananarama’s early days, we explore Grace Jones’ maverick back catalouge in this issue’s Lowdown and we take an in-depth look at Madonna’s True Blue for ‘Classic Album’.

Also in this issue… ‘Godfather’s Of Pop’ synth legend Thomas Dolby and Japan’s Steve Jansen, news from the world of pop music, Long Live Vinyl, competitions, reviews and plenty more!

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Rik Flynn

Editor Classic Pop

 

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