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The Winter Of Discontent, the dawn of Thatcherism and vicious spending cuts. Civil unrest on the streets, a vote for Scottish independence, football eating itself and spawning the first million pound player. Worst of all, the opening of the first JD Wetherspoon pub… the dark clouds were gathering over Britain in 1979. It’s hard not to see the parallels 40 years on. Yet out of such adversity at the end of the 70s came the cavalry, an advance of disaffected bands from disparate musical backgrounds giving a voice to a generation and smashing down musical boundaries. The Clash’s London Calling led the charge, a sprawling double album that tore up the faded punk blueprint and inspired countless British teenagers to pick up guitars and form bands. In this month’s cover story, Danny Biggane speaks to 30 of those bands as they remind us why London Calling remains one of the best albums ever made. Daniel Dylan Wray picks up the baton and enlists members of post-punk trailblazers Buzzcocks, Gang Of Four and The Pop Group to unravel the legacy of one of the most important years in UK music. Four decades later, the landscape is troublingly similar to that in 1979, albeit there are now 900 Wetherspoons and for £1 million forwards read £80 million centre-backs; but can we have faith that a similarly reactionary and articulate music scene is emerging? The answer, pleasingly, is yes. The rise of IDLES, Fontaines D.C., The Murder Capital, Shame, Slowthai, Snapped Ankles and Goat Girl, to name but a few, demonstrates that young British and Irish bands have got the bit between their teeth once again. Is 2019 another Year Zero for music? That might be a bit of a stretch, but there’s plenty to celebrate in these troubled times; check back next month for our Top 100 albums of the year. Elsewhere this issue, we hear why Jeff Lynne has vacated the producer’s chair to concentrate on making new music, and Lankum and Tindersticks tell us about their own new albums. We’re also celebrating the long-overdue reissue of Gene Clark’s criminally underappreciated No Other. Thanks for reading.

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The Clash, Gang Of Four, Buzzcocks, The Pop Group… 1979 was a hell of a year for music! Our epic cover feature tells the true story behind one of the most influential albums of all time, London Calling, as a new deluxe 40th anniversary reissue is unveiled. We also speak to a host of bands who wouldn't have existed without The Clash's revolutionary masterpiece. In other 1979 news, we've rounded up the key members of the post-punk movement that shaped one of British music's greatest years to tell us why it was so special and dig out some of the essential records from the final year of the 70s. Elsewhere, we count down the 40 greatest double albums of all time, London Calling included – from Tago Mago to Daydream Nation via Songs In The Key Of Life and The White Album. How many have you got? Talking of great classic albums, we take an in-depth look at Gene Clark's lost masterpiece No Other, finally given a reissue by 4AD this month. And our packed interviews section brings you chats with ELO legend Jeff Lynne, rising Irish folk heroes Lankum, indie veterans Stereophonics and Tindersticks as they tell us about their new albums. If all that's not enough you'll find a host of new release and reissue reviews from the likes of Nick Cave, The Rolling Stones, Prince, R.E.M., The Who, FKA Twigs and Michael Kiwanuka, as well as the latest turntable reviews. Long Live Vinyl is THE magazine for vinyl lovers.