The Mighty Mullet

20 April 2018 #560

Cover Story: The Mighty Mullet

The Mighty Mullet


Love it or loathe it, the mullet is undeniably one of the world’s most iconic haircuts – and it’s making a comeback.

In the new edition of The Big Issue, we explore this global resurgence while paying homage to magnificent mullets of the past, including one sported by our suave actor, activist, billionaire businessman and cover star George Clooney, circa 1985.

Writer and proud mulleteer Clem Bastow investigates the history of the mullet – spanning centuries – and why it continues to hold a special place in our nation’s heart.

Editor Amy Hetherington chats to Hawthorn footy star Ben Stratton about his magic mullet and continuing a proud AFL tradition.

Plus, we celebrate the most famous mullets in music from David Bowie to John Farnham to Rhianna, so get down to business (at the front) and party (at the back) with our mullet marathon playlist (which you can listen to here).

Also in this issue...

  • Photographer Ami Vitale captures the final moments of Sudan, the last male northern white rhino in a moving Big Picture.
  • Geoffrey Robertson QC takes a break from defending human rights to talk about injustice, acne and the biggest surprise of his life.
  • We listen to Gurrumul’s final album, released posthumously along with a new documentary that celebrates the life and legacy of one of Australia’s greatest musicians.
  • A trip overseas brings home the meaning of ANZAC Day for writer Elizabeth Quinn.
  • Michael, a former Big Issue Classroom speaker, explains how you can be homeless with a roof over your head. His story is first in our Living Homeless series, looking at what it's actually like to be homeless.


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