NME’s Ultimate Icon, John Lennon – Inside This Week’s NME

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The phonelines are closed, the votes have been counted, and we can finally reveal that in 60 years of NME’s lifetime you have voted the ultimate icon as… JOHN LENNON. Is he remembered as an icon? Maybe a lyricist? Or a wit? The likes of Alex Turner, Weller and NME’s own commentariat reflect on the many faces of the the former Beatle.

We also dig through the archives to bring you the best of Lennon in NME, discuss his experimental years with Yoko and debate the worth of ‘Imagine’; is it the most overrated song of all time? Get involved.

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Is Alan McGee Going To Save Music?
No end of argument surrounds the question of how the music industry will survive the future. Well, thank Scotland for self-professed “legend” and label impresario Alan McGee who plans to bring back Creation Records – the label that reigned supreme during 90s Britpop – and save us all.

The Festival Survey Results Are In
Which was better: Reading or Leeds? What was your anthem of the summer? Who was your favourite live discovery at this year’s festivals? And what was summer 2012’s finest moment? You’ve spoken. NME reveal all.

Albums Reviewed
Continuing deep into the Autumn of massive album releases, Mumford & Sons and Green Day step forward with Babel and (the first of Green Day’s trilogy) !Uno!. The Kings of punk-rock anthems versus the Kings of folk-rock belters. Who wins? Well, they draw the same score…

Live Reviews
We are nearing the end of a summer of mudtastic thrills but not before Rob Da Bank curates another of his annual Technicolored fancy dress field wigouts. What started as a boutique affair has morphed into a year highlight with a monster line-up. Get the scoop on all the acts from DOOM through Florence, The xx and Stevie Wonder.

All Aboard The Africa Express!
Damon Albarn goes on the road again with his locomotive of Who’s Who in music. NME catches the train in Glasgow to catch Carl Barat, Spoek Mathambo, Rizzle Kicks, John McClure, Maximo Park’s Paul Smith and more.

How Many Braincells Has Steve Jones Lost?
No brain would have taken more rock’n’roll damage than a former Sex Pistols’ brain, right? Guitarist Steve Jones scratches his head to recall how many swears he did on TV once in 1976. And more.

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