ROLLING STONE in December: The Beatles + Reissue Special

The topics of the December issue

The Beatles

The story of the diaries of Fab Four confidante Mal Evans as well as everything about the band’s last song and the new stereo mixes of the “Red” and “Blue Albums”

By Maik Brüggemeyer

Our 50 favorite reissues

So many presents? ROLLING STONE authors on the perfect reissue and their favorite reissues of classic albums

By Maik Brüggemeyer, Wolfgang Doebeling, Jörg Feyer, Birgit Fuß, Jan Jekal, Sassan Niasseri, Arne Willander & Sebastian Zabel

Bar Italia

The London trio is England’s great indie and post-rock hope. With the fourth album it emerges from the underground and into the spotlight

By Jörn Schlüter

RS Essay: No Future

The old punk mentality of “No Future” is increasingly taking hold of parts of Germans – they are becoming more and more fatalistic. An attempt at analysis

By Peter Unfried

Mannequin pussy

Things are going well for Mannequin Pussy: there will be a new album in March, and their goal on tour is collective catharsis

By Andy Greene

love songs

The main theme in pop is love. But what makes a good love song? And can this be answered across generations?

By Aron Boks

The Mix

Cat power

Chan Marshall recreated a legendary concert by her master Bob Dylan at the Royal Albert Hall

By Maik Brüggemeyer

Emeli Sandé

Their debut broke all records in the UK. Ten years later, Emeli Sandé has developed a new self-confidence

By Samira Joy Frauwallner

HISTORY: Van Halen

40 years ago, Van Halen released “Jump,” their only US number one hit – a keyboard piece, of all things!

By Birgit Fuss

Amos Lee

Songwriter Amos Lee has recorded an entire album of songs by his heroine Lucinda Williams

By Jörg Feyer

Q&A: Agnetha Fältskog

The ABBA singer on the new version of her album “A”, her withdrawal and advice for younger people

By Sassan Niasseri


After seven years there is another album from the British institution Madness: a series of songs in three acts that shows human comedy

By Max Gösche


The Shindellas, The Sleeping Souls and some more



News from Peter Gabriel and 72 other reviews

RS GUIDE: Stephen Malkmus

Sassan Niasseri about the Oberslacker’s work – with Pavement and solo


“Mickey Mouse Cartoons/Silly Symphonies” and 18 other reviews

Playlist: New Noises in December

There can be no talk of contemplation on our December playlist: The Vaccines reactivate the indie rock spirit of the noughties, The Shindellas inspire with R&B, and Amos Lee pays homage to an idol

The Vaccines “Sometimes, I Swear”

After “Back In Love City”, which went under in 2021, the West Londoners are once again flying the flag of indie rock in the style of the noughties with a new album and anthemic, breakneck pieces like this one.

The Shindellas “Last Night Was Good For My Soul”

The Shindellas come from Nashville, not exactly a hotbed of talent for R&B groups. Tamara Chauniece, Stacy Johnson and Kasi Jones delight with an elegant mixture of soul, funk and disco-pop.

The Sleeping Souls “Remember Boann”

So far, The Sleeping Souls have appeared primarily as Frank Turner’s backing band. On their debut album they develop an experimental and elegiac folk rock sound.

Amos Lee “Fruits Of My Labor”

The Philadelphia songwriter pays touching homage to the Americana master with “Honey suckle Switches: The Songs Of Lucinda Williams.” “Fruits Of My Labor” reinterprets Lee into soulful gospel folk.

Harp “Throne Of Amber”

Harp is the joint project of former Midlake singer Tim Smith and his wife, Kathi Zung. In “Throne Of Amber” Smith is as rapturous as Thom Yorke was during “The Bends”.

Al Lewis “Never Be Forgotten”

On his new album “Fifteen Years”, the Welsh singer and songwriter deals with the death of his father and transcends his grief in comforting, almost age-mellow folk-pop odes.

The Rural Alberta Advantage “Real Life”

The folk-rock band from Toronto presents their unpolished side on their fifth album, throwing themselves with fervor into songs like “Real Life” and finding their place between the Decemberists and Delta Spirit.