This issue we turn up the volume all the way for the story of Randy Holden’s days with Blue Cheer along with the making of his heavy rock colossus Population II. From the sixties garage band universe, we’re presenting must-read features on the Night Shadows (a.k.a. Little Phil & the Night Shadows), and the Bad Seeds (“King of the Soap Box”). We also have fascinating interviews with Wally Bryson (the Choir, Cyrus Erie), John Dalton of the Kinks and the (pre-Creation) Mark Four, and the second and final installment of our interview with Lenny Kaye, rock writer supreme and Patti Smith’s right-hand man. Harvey Kubernik covers (Ike and) Tina Turner in the ‘60s and ‘70s; Eric Davidson takes the lid off the epic new Peter Laughner box set; King Khan reveals the secrets of the Black Power Tarot; and Tim Stegall pays tribute to the recently departed Roky Erickson. All this and more, including our expansive review sections covering the latest reissues and rock-related books.