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    did you know? in 1997, during the ill-fated One Hot Minute tour, the TLS published a Red Hot Chili Peppers special issue. flea was guest ed

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    after an outcry from subscribers, it was quickly withdrawn and pulped. only a few advance copies are believed to have gone into circulation

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    now, in a dingy corner of the bookshop basement, where it was being used as wrapping for an old ink cartridge - one copy has been discovered

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    our scanner is on the blink at the moment, so this is a crudely mocked up version of the cover

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    the lead article is Alan Jenkins writing about how good ('gnarly') the new Dave Navarro sound is

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    his judgements actually hold up pretty well. he rates Pea and Falling into Grace, but laments the loss of the trademark rhcp funk elements

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    in the Freelance column, Clive James ruefully describes meeting Anthony Kieldis at the Pillars of Hercules in 1982

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    most of the mag is taken up with Summer Picks - a variety of TLS stalwarts choose their favourite RHCP song.

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    I wish the scanner wasn't broken or I'd scan all this in - it's a fascinating window on the London literary scene in 1997

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    Graham Swift, who'd won the Booker for Last Orders one year previously, recommends b-side funk-out 'soul to squeeze'

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    while Alan Hollinghurst chooses the heartbreaking and anthemic 'Under the Bridge' (lyrics quoted in their entirety)

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    George Steiner, meanwhile, writes at length about the choice - which he calls 'the listener's necessary affinity, necessary in that sense

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    defined by Heidegger and elucidated by Beckett, the butterfly's hinge on which we are all, like Nabokov, pinioned' - between 'Freakey Styley

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    and the more bombastic (Steiner: 'frankly Tolstoyan') grooves of 'The Uplift Mofo Party Plan'

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    Strangely enough, Kieldis would end up re-using some of Steiner's more lyrical lucubrations on the central section of 'Can't Stop' (2002)

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  2. god the TLS used to be full of typos didn't it. you should see what a hash they make of john fruiscante

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