The cover depicts the band Lightning Bolt
(featured on the 2007 Music Issue CD)
performing for an appreciative crowd.
Cover illustration: Charles Burns!
VOL. 5, NO. 5

by Paul Collins
In his father’s garage, Dave Biro built the hit-making keyboard of the future out of nineteen 8-track car stereos.

Misguided Missionaries from the Church of Dylansis (and Other Rock Religions)
by John Sellers
There’s a right and a wrong way to go about discussing your obsessions, especially if you’re under forty and obsessed with Bob Dylan.

Radcliffe, Shelley, Freud, Reznor
by Gina Gionfriddo
How the Gothic novel, British Romanticism, and Freudian psychoanalysis helped sell many, many Nine Inch Nails records.

Frog Speech: The Actual History of Synthetic Larynges
by Dave Tompkins

“Beatles, Or Stones?”
by John McMillian
Rock’s most famous binary was stylized and politically incoherent. That didn’t stop the radical press from fiercely debating it for years.

Stuff I’ve Been Reading
by Nick Hornby

Transit Byzantium
by Joe Hagan
Why is Bill Fox—one of America’s greatest contemporary songwriters—working in self-imposed exile as a telemarketer in Cleveland?

“Cue the Bugle Turbulent”: The 2007 Believer Music Issue CD
compiled by Brandon Stosuy
Essential information regarding the 2007 Music Issue CD, which features fine, often exclusive songs by Lightning Bolt, Sufjan Stevens, Grizzly Bear, Aesop Rock, and many outstanding others.

David Gates
interviewed by Ross Simonini
Distinguishing bluegrass from old-time, creativity from innovation, and criticism from fiction writing.

Khaela Maricich
interviewed by Miranda July
The Blow’s songs are about mystical speculation, good sex, the moon, bad sex, indoor plumbing, and philosophical theories of the self.

Sananda Maitreya
interviewed by Miles Marshall Lewis
After paving the way for Lenny Kravitz, Milli Vanilli, Oasis, and grunge, Terence Trent D’Arby changed his name to Sananda.

Kevin Barnes
interviewed by Amy Benfer
Intensely fun songs informed by Ray Davies, Roald Dahl, David Bowie, Edward Gorey, the wife, Georges Bataille, and Anaïs Nin.

The Anti–Leading Lady’s Nightmare: a new poem
by Courtney Queeney

Schema: All Known Metal Bands: “R”
by Dan Nelson