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Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 26 Jun 2014
  • min read
Welcome to M52 - the summer edition of M magazine.

This issue we bring you a dizzying array of musical talent, spanning all genres and generations, from far flung cities around the world.

Buoyed by an extra-special Ivor Novello Awards in May and the continued PRS for Music centenary celebrations, we’re thrilled to share some intimate profiles, genre-expanding features and candid calendar highlights.

Our lead feature celebrates the life and work of the unmistakable, unforgettable, hit-making genius Nile Rodgers. We learn about his journey from the seventies’ disco scene to the mainstream, and glean insightful nuggets about his songwriting experiences and definitive production style.

We also embrace some of the female pioneers of electronic music who have shaped its evolution from the fifties to the present day. We talk to Cosey Fanni Tutti, Nik Void, Planningtorock and many others about their work on the fringes of convention, and learn how they’ve overcome stereotyping, pigeonholing and marginalisation to further their art.

Later we chat to legendary guitarist and rock ‘n’ roll icon Jeff Beck about his fifty year commitment to the cause and an obsessive nature that led him to become one of the greatest musicians of his generation. His wisdom and experience are almost as great as his humility.

Also in this issue: DIY videos // Ella Spira // Viv Albertine // Jake Gosling & Ed Sheeran // Clean Bandit // Charlie Dore // The Ivors // Billy Bragg