Jay-Z —

Cover man Jay-Z undergoes a subtle transformation in Craig McDean’s photos with styling by Karl Templer. What it particularly strong about Mitchell’s interview is that it makes the intelligent assumption that we can all generally grasp the social significance and impact of rap and simply gets on with asking a musician about his work and experiences flowing from it.

Other highlights…

Danny Elfman’s interview with the number one auteur of dark fantasies, Tim Burton, in which, amongst other things, Burton reveals exactly why he liked hanging around in graveyards when he was a kid and his soft spot for old-fashioned monsters.

Michael Sheen tries to pry apart Ashley Greene from the Twighlight hysteria. If Karl Templer’s styling and Mikael Jansson’s photography immediately signal that we should try to separate this actress from her screen image to date, then Sheen’s interview, thank heaven, allows Ashley to speak for herself.

Christopher Bollen’s examination of the special relationship between Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe, a rich and strange entanglement that defined the spirit of the arty Bohemian NYC set on the tipping point of a new era.

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    February 2010 131 Pages 0 Minutes of audio 3 Minutes of video
    In This Issue –
    Dianna Agron Alex Kaluzhsky Tim Burton Jay-Z Nicholas Ghesquiere Jesus Luz My Space Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe Art Project Ashley Greene
    Editorial Director –
    Fabien Baron
    Editor in Chief –
    Stephen Mooallem
    Creative Director –
    Karl Templer
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Our Take —

Interview is in a category all of its own. Originating as Andy Warhol’s ultimate Pop Art gesture –the vehicle through which Andy might provide everyone with those legendary fifteen minutes of fame- Interview has managed to negotiate the tricky responsibility for any magazine originating as an art work. And it has largely prospered and triumphed in its salubrious history since its first appearance in 1969. Understandably tightly controlled by Warhol and his acolytes until nearly the end of the famed artist’s life, Interview has been kept on track by the same publishing house that acquired the title in 1987 shortly after Warhol’s death.

Living up to the singular spirit, flair and visual power of a magazine once produced by an artist famed for his stark, direct portraiture and his equally creative gang of collaborators can never be an easy task. Yet, somehow, even without Warhol, Interview has managed to encapsulate that very specific heady mix of celebrity, art, fashion, film and, needless to say, interviews. Interview continues to read like a who’s who of the hip and cool, a very particular publication built on the long experience of time spent at the coal face of chic.

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