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FEATURES:

COVER STORY: Joe Strummer

As the world mourned Joe Strummer's death late last year, his family and band-mates set about completing what would be the final document of a seminal career.

THE BYRDS

35 years ago a little-known musician with a revolutionary vision hijacked one of the world's biggest rock bands, guiding the birth of a masterpiece and nearly ending their career. The story of Gram Parsons and the Byrds' Sweetheart of the Rodeo.

JIM LAUDERDALE

Regardless of what transpires on the charts, roots music's renaissance man will remain committed to making all kinds of music, with new and old friends.

JOSH ROUSE
Dusty pop charts led him to groovy rhythms and a freshly sunny sound. Meet the new Josh Rouse, rocking out for fun and profit.

RUFUS WAINWRIGHT

The prodigiously gifted son of Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle shares with his parents an unflinching forthrightness, but also has a penchant for Tin Pan Alley classicism and Baroque flourishes.

DEPARTMENTS:

A Bum's Notes w/ Jim DeRogatis

Kick out the Jams w/Dave Marsh

REVERB:

Shortcuts : Leona Naess, Rosie Thomas, New Amsterdams, Chris Lee, Quasi, East River Pipe, Tywanna Jo Baskette are profiled

Newsworthy

Indelibles Let's Active

Artist's View : Neil Young, Los Lonely Boys

10 Spot: Frank Black

INSIDE TRACKS: Joe Henry

RANTS & FAVES:

Grandpaboy Dead Man Shake(Fat Possum) lead CD review

REFLECTIONS:

Beth Orton on Billie Holiday