Edition 600 – Cold Chisel

14 November 2019 #600

Cover Story: Edition 600 – Cold Chisel


“I have people stop me in the street and say things like ‘We played you at our wedding or ‘We played your music at the funeral of our loved ones.’ It is so special,” Jimmy Barnes tells us in this, our milestone 600th edition, with Cold Chisel on the cover. Their music is part of the national character, the band having sold more than 7 million albums over their career. Not to be outshone, Big Issue vendors have sold more than 12 million mags since the launch of our very first edition, back in 1996!

This, our 600th, is a huge achievement, and one we are celebrating in this edition as we journey back to that very first magazine, and pay tribute to the people at the heart of The Big Issue: our vendors. And, there’s something else, too – a new look. So please have a read, and let us know what you think.

More highlights in this edition:

Antonio Banderas reveals how a heart-attack two years ago has changed him as a man and a movie-star – and how it impacted his role in beautiful new film Pain and Glory, directed by old friend Pedro Almodóvar.

Liam Gallagher may be advocating for early nights and less partying but, ahead of his Australian tour, he shows us that he’s still that cheeky upstart from Oasis.

• Award-winning Australian writer Anna Funder (Stasiland; All That I Am) pens our inaugural Big Essay, on what it means to live in a civil society.

• Author Christos Tsiolkas (The Slap; Loaded) has always liked to shock his audiences with frank descriptions of sex, race and class. His newest novel delves into the darkness of biblical times.

• Writer Jo French reveals the importance of friendships and community when she found herself homeless after a marriage breakdown.

• In Tastes Like Home, “Queen of DessertsKatherine Sabbath creates a joyous Fairy Bread Cake – a perfect celebration cake for our 600th edition!

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