“It’s an incredibly challenging landscape for independent media,” said Editor Niall Flynn, Huck’s editor, “so we feel an immense privilege to not only be continuing our work, but expanding on it.”
Issue 75 features a trilogy of cover stars to kick things off: three young, British upstarts, operating in entrenched cultural spheres and pushing them in bold new directions.
First up, Zarah Sultana: MP, activist, and one of the British Left’s great young hopes. Following her, we have the author Gabriel Krauze, whose Booker longlisted debut heralded one of the most important literary voices to emerge from the island in decades. Completing the trilogy, saxophone supremo Nubya Garcia, leading light of the UK jazz scene.
“With the new issue, we wanted to celebrate young British people operating in entrenched spheres and pushing them in bold new directions,” added Flynn.
“Zarah, for instance, is dismantling archaic ideas of what elected representatives should look or sound like, while Gabriel’s writing is totally unparallelled –there is no one currently like him.”
“Then there’s Nubya, who’s at the forefront of one of the most exciting musical movements to spring out of London in years.”
The launch also marks the debut of a notable redesign. The Huck logo has been updated, resulting in a brand new masthead, while the magazine itself boasts a 50% increase in size compared to its predecessor.
In terms of structure, the issue has been broken into six ‘chapters’: People, Places, Pictures, Talk, Move and Misc.
“We wanted to mark Huck 75 with a new visual identity,” said Art Director Fabrizio Festa. “This is an evolution – taking all of the good stuff that came before and building on it, as well as throwing in a few surprises.”
Alongside the cover profiles, other stories include interviews with acclaimed singer-songwriter KeiyaA, filmmaker Mikey Alfred, grunge pioneer Mark Lanegan and seminal portrait photographer Mick Rock.
There are long read features on the history of breakdance in Paris, bike crews in Johannesburg and off-grid communities in Greece.
Elsewhere, Contributing Editor and former pro surfer Jamie Brisick kicks off a brand new column, while Artist in Residence E.S. Glenn returns with a new edition of the Huck comic.
“We see Issue 75 as the launchpad for an exciting new era,” said Flynn. “We can’t wait for readers to get stuck in.”
In a brand new section dedicated solely to photography, Mick Rock, Chloe Dewe Mathews and Bev Grant share the stories behind some of their best work. Elsewhere, Contributing Editor and former pro surfer Jamie Brisick recounts coming of age among the whir of California subculture, Artist in Residence E.S. Glenn returns with a brand new comic, and serpentwithfeet takes the reins as Huck’s new Agony Uncle.
While this new issue marks something of a new road, Huck’s core values remain the same. From Day One, we have sought to look at life through a different lens. In the current moment, we believe this commitment to counter-narratives is more than ever.