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NEWS: Big Takeover Issue #90 (Billy Bragg cover) Is Now Out! Order Today, Hot Off the Presses! Or Subscribe!

BT 90 cover
16 July 2022

Just in time for the perfect holiday, birthday, new year, or other gift, even to yourself, it’s our brand new issue #90 with our Billy Bragg cover story—and, boy oh boy, is it chockablock with goodies!

Here’s the full skinny on the new issue that’s now out! It can be ordered as a standalone, or as part of a subscription starting with #90 or the previous issue #89 (The Chills cover) if you prefer!

Once again the big news is that Big Takeover issue #90 Spring 2022 has been completed from sessions in Brooklyn, NY and Oakland, CA! The issue stars beloved 40-year English “Bard of Barking” Billy Bragg on the cover, and features fabulous history interviews with 40-year New Zealand/Flying Nun stars The Chills part 2, indie rock icons Superchunk, ageless folk-era legend Richard Thompson, former Cocteau Twins maestro/guitarist Robin Guthrie , incredible ex-Smiths guitarist maestro/guitarist Johnny Marr, Brinsley Schwarz of the band of that name and Graham Parker & the Rumour, and ’60s Chicago chart heroes The Cryan’ Shames. We also have multi-page conversations with West Coast popsters The Chimes, and compelling Hamilton, Ontario Canadian band Basement Revolver.

Plus there are shorter chats with Spoon, Cate Le Bon, Artsick, Jetstream Pony, Dewey Defeats Truman, Sasami, Fickle Friends, Go With Strangers, Telefís ( Cathal Coughlan and Jacknife Lee ), and more! A full description of its contents is just below.

Remember, we only come out twice a year, every Spring and Fall, so you don’t want to miss one of our jam-packed 188-page issues!

This you can do by ordering just the one issue at preorder. (You can also buy any or all of our 89 back issues there that have been released over the past 42 years!), or subscribe if you’ve been meaning to, or renew your subscription if it has run out!!!! (Feel free to email me at if you fear your subscription has run out!)

And just a reminder that there’s still time for the perfect Xmas, Chanukah, other holidays, birthday, graduation, or whatever type of gift: Big Takeover magazine subscriptions and back issues! Give the gift of music appreciation and good reading to those you love! (And maybe to yourself while you’re at it.)

Speaking of which, for more super gifts, here’s a reminder about our t-shirts, CDs, and our other fun stuff like Big Takeover beer cozies and signed posters that might be just the thing!

If you want to subscribe or renew or give the gift that keeps on giving, just go to our subscribe and feel free to indicate which issue you’d like to start with (or have your friends start with); issue #89 (The Chills cover), the upcoming issue #90 (Billy Bragg cover), or the Spring 2022 issue #90 (Ed Sheeran cover – Ha! Just kidding. Same joke as last time. Just wanted to make sure you were still reading). It’s only $22 for four issues (save 23% off the newsstand price including average sales tax), or $34 for overseas, or $30 for Canada. Or, for those in the U.S., you can send us a check made out to “Big Takeover” for $22 to the following address:

The Big Takeover
356 4th St. 2nd fl.
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Or if you want to order just issue #90, you can send us a check (or make a PayPal payment to for $9.66 (including postage) to that address or order it.

(IMPORTANT!!: If you are a subscriber and you need to update your address, please tell us right away. The post office almost never forwards our issues even if you have a forwarding order in place. Quickly, send updates to me at

Here, again, is what’s in issue #90!!!!:

Interviews: Billy Bragg (on the cover) * Superchunk * Richard Thompson * The Chills pt. 2 * The Chimes * Johnny Marr * Robin Guthrie (ex-Cocteau Twins) * Brinsley Schwarz * Basement Revolver * ‘60s stars The Cryan’ Shames * Spoon * Cate Le Bon * Artsick * Jetstream Pony * Dewey Defeats Truman * Sasami * Fickle Friends * Go With Strangers * Telefís

Editorials: Rabid: “Big Lies Eat Democracy (From Here to Russia) * Kelson: “The “Twee” Myth of the Legendary C86 NME Tape * Lauden: “Power-Pop Now”

Live: The Beths * Brian Jonestown Massacre and Mercury Rev * Dream Syndicate * Eyelids * Guided By Voices * Bob Mould * Wet Leg * X and The Avengers * SXSW Festival 2022

Cd/Vinyl/Cassette/Digital Reviews: 1st Base Runner * American Darlings * A.M. Nice * Amoeba Teen * Animal Collective * A Place to Bury Strangers * Bad Brains * Bambara * The Band * Band of Horses * Anton Barbeau/The Loud Family with Anton Barbeau * Beach House * Beirut * Andy Bell * Belle & Sebastian * Jorge Ben * Best Coast * Big Thief * Bloc Party * Blossom Toes * Blushing * Breathless * Bright Eyes * Builders and Butchers * Buzzcocks * Bye Bye Blackbirds * Calexico * Mike Campbell & The Dirty Knobs * Cakekitchen/Graeme Jeffries * Zachary Cale * Chris Campbell * Cassels * Cat Power * Cathedral Ceilings * Cheap Star * Chime School * Christian Death * Circle Jerks * Citified * Charming Disaster * The Clean/Stephen * Ornette Coleman * Come * Elvis Costello & the Imposters * Martin Courtney * Cripples * Curse of Lono * Cutthroat Brothers & Mike Watt * Daisy Glaze * Karen Dalton * Deerhoof * Defecting Grey * Martin Denny * Des Demonas * Destroyer * Dickies * Diesel Park West * Dils * Donovan’s Brain * Dream Syndicate * David Duchovny * Electric Prunes * El No * The Embarrassment * Roger Eno * Bill Evans Trio * Ex Norwegian * Ex-Vöid * Fabulous * Marianne Faithfull * Fàshiön * Father John Misty * 50 Foot Wave * Flamin’ Groovies * Fontaines DC * Fucked Up * Gentle Cycle * Girlpool * Great Lakes * Groundhogs * Guided By Voices * Steve Gunn * Aldous Harding * The Harmony Motel * Pj Harvey * Hawkwind * Colin Hay * Michael Head & the Red Elastic Band * High Violets * The Holdout * Hoodoo Gurus * The Inflorescence * Jeanines * Jesus & Mary Chain * Kids On a Crime Spree * Killing Joke * The Knack * Kramer * Krayolas * Fela Kuti * Laibach * Lauds * Leatherface * Lilli Lewis * Linda Lindas * Loop * Love Tractor * Loyal Seas * Lumineers * Luna * M83 * Paul McCartney & Wings * Mercvrial * Moldy Peaches * Mommyheads * Mono * Suzi Moon * My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult * Ivan Nahem + Ex-Tention * Narrow Adventure * Graham Nash * Willie Nelson * Joan Osborne * Painted Shield/Eddie Vedder * Pavement * Orville Peck * Pere Ubu * Oscar Peterson Quartet * Petrified Max * Justin Courtney Pierre * Nick Piunti & the Complicated Men * Pointed Sticks * Ricky Rat * Rave-Ups * Reds, Pinks & Purples * Swami John Reis * The Residents * Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever * Naiose Roo * Haroula Rose * Sacred Cows * Savage Republic * Sea Power * Shiva Burlesque * Shout Out Louds * The Smile * Sonic Youth/Thurston Moore * Spaceface * Jon Spencer & the Hitmakers * Spindrift * Spiritualized * Stereophonics * Cat Stevens * Superchunk * Mark Stewart * The Syn * Deniz Tek * Thirsty Curses * The Times * Tombstones in Their Eyes * Peter Tosh * Track Star * Triptides * Troggs * Tyrannosaurus Rex * Underlined Passages * Urge Overkill * U.K Subs * U2 * Vibrators * Warpaint * Waterboys * Weather Station * Wednesday * Wet Leg * Widowspeak * Hank Williams * Astrid Williamson * Amy Winehouse * Wipers * Jah Wobble * Frank Zappa * and Hundreds More!

Lastly, thanks to our Patreon sponsors, who make our magazine and weekly radio Big Takeover Show at Real Punk Radio (all archived at The Big Takeover online) viable, without whom we’d have to stop one or both! If you’d like to join them and help support and sponsor us, it is easily done at that Patreon site, or you can always send a check to Big Takeover to our address as a kind donation. We’re very grateful!

Hope you all buy the magazine now that it’s coming out! And/or hope you subscribe, as that is still by far the best way to support the print magazines you love if you want them to keep going. It means a lot to them – and us!

And hope you can share the gift of reading and passion for music with your family, friends, and anyone else who is interested! If we can help you, let us know!

And in this unusual time, we hope you are all well and staying that way.

Jack R