31 May 2019 #588


Spice up your life


I’ll tell you what you want, what you really, really want… the Spice Girls in The Big Issue!

As the Spice Girls hit the stage on their record-breaking Spice World reunion tour, we take a deep dive into how the Sporty, Scary, Baby, Ginger and Posh became the most successful girl group of all time.

Their debut album sold 30 million copies; ‘Wannabe’ hit No.1 in 40 country; and even Nelson Mandela said meeting the Spice Girls was “one of the greatest moments of his life”.

In this edition, we look at how they went from wannabes to world dominators… and why we still have so much time for their brand unfettered fun. Plus: we speak to singer Jess Glynne, who has gone from Spice Girls fan to Spice Girls support act on their latest tour.

More highlights in this edition:

• We head to Cannes to speak with Taron Egerton, the star of the new Elton John biopic Rocketman.
• Rapper/writer/comedian Briggs tells us how his record label Bad Apples is putting Indigenous music front and centre.
• Environmentalist Tim Flannery on discovering sex, discovering species and discovering the real threat of climate change in Letter to My Younger Self.
• In Big Picture, we look at how the saffron industry is changing the face of farming in Afghanistan.
• In Tastes Like Home, a Holocaust survivor shares her grandma’s handwritten recipe for Sour Cherry and Walnut Chocolate Cake.
• Newcastle vendor Andrew takes us on a tour of his favourite spots around Newcastle in the latest Vendor Tour Guide.

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