Inside the Issue: #782

Inside the Issue: #782

by Rolling Stone | December 1st, 2016 7:45:AM EST

Issue 782 (January, 2017) is out today, available via the usual stockists and our online store.

For our cover-story, Brian Hiatt, who recently interviewed Bruce Springsteen, chats to the Rolling Stones about their remarkable career, new album Blue & Lonesome and the relationship mechanics of the group five decades in.

Brian Hiatt:

The freakiest thing about Blue & Lonesome is the extent to which Jagger and Richards agree on it. The two men, currently in their fourth year of détente after some caustic bits in Richards' autobiography nearly derailed a 50th-anniversary reunion, are both genuinely excited about the roots revival. The project might, from the outside, seem more like a Richards thing, the kind of retro move he'd favour, while the Jagger of fans' imaginations would be busy pushing the Stones to work with, say, the Chainsmokers. The frontman says the stereotype isn't all wrong, but that in this case, "we were all equally into it. I was as into it as anyone."

We also spend some time with ground-breaking rap duo A.B. Original, who have just released their brilliant debut, one of the year's most furious LPs, Reclaim Australia.

Marcus Teague:

The floor of the Eastern Bloc cafe in Coburg, Melbourne, is littered with plastic toys and children's books. A family of four are guided to a table next to where Rolling Stone is seated and handed brunch menus. Adam Briggs – the imposingly large, 30-year old Yorta Yorta man, and one half of hip-hop duo A.B. Original – is finishing his train of thought. "You just can't punch everyone in their fuckin' face," he bellows, mock-incredulously. "That's the reality. It's frowned upon."

Briggs is one of the most exciting voices in Australian hip-hop. Related: he's also one of the most blunt and profane. In a black cap and oversize black T-shirt, he's riffing about growing up having to watch out for the "funny cunt" at the party; the drunk who, after exhausting all his gags, inevitably turns to racist jokes. "He's the one you look out for," says Briggs. "He's the one where I'd be like, 'Oh here we go.' I bet you in a couple of hours I'll be punching this dude in his face."

The family next to us fall quiet.

In addition, we feature our annual Hot List, profiling the best (and weirdest) future trends for 2017, covering everything from emerging sub-sub-genres to online sex tech.

There's also an in-depth interview with pop-star Bruno Mars, a profile of Black Sorrows' Joe Camilleri and we catch up with Beastie Boys' Mike D at his California compound, plus comedian Ricky Gervais gives us a playlist of the songs that have defined his life, alongside features on rapper Pez, The Who and former My Chemical Romance guitarist Frank Iero.

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