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2 November 2017 #549

Cover Story: Björk


Our favourite Icelandic swan-dressed artist is back, and time has not tempered her unique and defiant view of the world. In a rare interview, Björk lays it all bare to The Big Issue about heartbreak, #MeToo, rave flutes and her vision of utopia:

“This album, for me, is kind of like a soundtrack to that place that we can all move to after Trump. I think I wanted to create a…utopia [where] you would escape and go to an island and the people would be naked and they’d be playing flutes and it would have birds and flowers that you’d never seen. It would be this kind of paradise.”

Following on from Björk’s interview, we also have four stories from women reflecting on their own experiences of #MeToo, creating a collection of moving and empowering pieces (including Jane Caro and a member of The Big Issue family).

Also in this PACKED edition:

Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile talk about the process behind their much-awaited collaborative album; Kiwi director Taika Waititi (Hunt for the Wilderpeople) talks about his latest challenge – directing the new Thor film; 125 years since his creation, we reflect on the epic legacy of Sherlock Holmes…thanks to a new book about Holmes in Australia; we read Jimmy Barnes’ new memoir, Working Class Man – the follow-up to his best-selling Working Class Boy; five comedians, including Sam Simmons and Rove McManus, write about the most difficult conversations they’ve ever had in the lead-up to Sydney’s Yack Festival; in Big Picture, we journey to the fantastical world of Day of the Dead on the streets of Mexico; and Clint Eastwood talks to Mr Ed…in time for Melbourne Cup.

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