Lil Wayne's World —

Sporting a handsome black, white and gold cover that subtly references a bit of bling, Interview’s April cover personality is rap superstar Lil Wayne. Inside, Paris Hilton and Dimitri Ehrlich pop the questions to rap’s enfant terrible now in the throes of maturity and about to launch his ninth album on his own label that also happens to be one of the current success stories of the American music industry. 


Fame of the Hollywood variety appears in the form of Val Kilmer. Piotr Uklanski chats with the man who has played everything from Jim Morrison to Batman and, in the process, not only reveals that Kilmer’s original trajectory to stardom as a matinee idol belies a classical acting training, but that Mr Kilmer has a number of highly cultured interests. The clue is in the interviewer: the renowned Polish artist, amongst many other things, discusses Kilmer’s ambitious sculpture project on his New Mexico ranch and his latest script project.


Fame in the ascent manifests itself in John Rye’s interview with new British acting talent Felicity Jones whose performance in ‘Like Crazy’ earned her a Special Jury Prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Craig McDean’s accompanying photos, styled by Karl Templer, cast Felicity in a suitably moody and chic mode. Though entirely contemporary they nonetheless manage to channel the spirit of Julie Christie at the height of her 1960’s stardom. 

    Lil Wayne's World –
    April 2011 124 Pages 0 Minutes of audio 0 Minutes of video
    In This Issue –
    Lil Wayne Whiteout Ezra Miller Felicity Jones Funny Ha Ha Cory Arcangel Val Kilmer Triple Exposure Progressive Metal Mixed Media Exhibition Design
    Editorial Director –
    Fabien Baron
    Creative Director –
    Karl Templer
    Editor In Chief –
    Stephen Mooallem
    Art Director –
    Aurelie Pellissier
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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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