Record Collector - Issue 549 Oct 2023

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Issue 549 Oct 2023


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COVER STORY - 1978 SPECIAL - The year of new wave and post-punk, power pop and disco, Chic’s Le Freak and PiL’s Public Image, we shine a light on 1978 because of the sheer diversity and quality of music it produced. Starting with...
THE PRETENDERS - Chrissie Hynde talks frankly about the band with whom she will always be synonymous, regrets (she’s got a few), surviving punk, partying and motherhood, and a whole lot else besides 
THE TOP 50 OF 1978 - Here are some of our favourite records from that year. You may, conceivably, disagree with our choices
STARS OF ’78 - We talk to a range of key names for whom that year was significant, including John Lydon, Nile Rodgers, Todd Rundgren, Chris Difford, Gary Numan, Toyah Willcox, Fay Fife, The Undertones, and more
1978’S MOST VALUABLE - The RRPG rundown of the year’s rarities which might tempt you into parting with a few grand
THE POLICE - While all this was happening, Stewart Copeland jumped ship from Curved Air to join a bass-playing Geordie schoolteacher in a new three-piece. His new photo book traces where it all went right for Sting & co
CIDNY BULLENS - Not, it’s fair to say, the biggest name to emerge from this particular year, or even in the top 1,978 in fact, but this pioneering trans songwriter’s story is too compelling to ignore
FROM THE VAULTS - A closer look at the box sets, reissues and compilations coming out by the likes of The Breeders, Neil Young, R.E.M. and Erasure
NEW ALBUMS - New releases by Slowdive, The Coral and Steven Wilson are among those getting our careful appraisal
BOOKS AND MOVIES - by and about Pulp, Sonic Youth, Nick Drake, Duran Duran and Marc Bolan, among others
SINGLES - 7s, 12s and more by acts as diverse as The Saints, Joy Division and Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band
LIVES - Eye-witnesses report from shows by The Who, Metallica, Porcupine Tree et al