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Issue 1253 - Music Special

The Big Issue Music Special – Plus 16-page festival guide.


Kate Tempest – Mobilising a Storytelling Army of homeless poets
Max Richter – On the transformative power of music
Thurston Moore – Opens up in his Letter to my Younger Self
John Legend – ‘Why we should all keep protesting’

Plus how to celebrate Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, Leftfield re-style Leftism, Ian Rankin on being a frustrated rock star, plus reviews, competitions and lots more.

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