On August 21 2012, Joe Strummer – vocalist, guitarist and founder member of The Clash – would have turned 60 years old. In this special issue, we remember the rebel, revolutionary and punk icon through the words of those who knew him best, reprint a classic interview from the NME vaults, and meet some of the new artists righteously carrying his torch.
Blur Warm Up For Hyde Park
All the news from their shows at Margate’s Winter Gardens and London’s 100 Club – plus a chat with Alex James and a chance to win Blur’s 21-disc boxset
Meet New Radar Stars FIDLAR
Raucous punk-poppers straight outta LA and kicking off a moshpit near you
Mass Murder! Kissing Dogs! The Strokes! Schnitzel!
If you think this makes Ariel Pink sound a bit odd, well, wait til you hear his music
Four Free Blur Posters
Taken exclusively from Blur 21: The Exhibition, on at Londonewcastle Project Space until August 14
What Are The Best Cribs Songs?
Picked by NME writers and the band themselves
The Scottish producer who bestrides modern dance music like a colossus
Spector’s Fred Macpherson talks the talk – but does his band walk the walk? Plus Diplo, Ice T’s Something From Nothing: The Art Of Rap, and a load of people covering Fleetwood Mac
Plan B getting aggy in London! Lucy Rose bewitching at Kendal Calling! Buzzbands Savages and Palma Violets laying out a new musical future in Liverpool! And the XX turn the lights down in Toronto…
When Klaxons Won The Mercury
NME was there. And we insulted a newsreader’s hair