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New ‘Behind The Rolling Stone Cover’ Podcast: The Amity Affliction

Rolling Stone AU/NZ’s brand-new podcast takes readers behind the making of its iconic magazine covers

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Ahren Stringer and Poppy Reid

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‘Behind The Rolling Stone Cover’ is now available to watch and listen on Rolling Stone AU/NZ, and to stream on SpotifyApple Podcasts, and all major podcast platforms. The latest issue of Rolling Stone AU/NZ is out now.

Rolling Stone AU/NZ‘s brand-new podcast takes readers behind the making of its iconic magazine covers.

Following the first ‘Behind The Rolling Stone Cover’ podcast episode on the Amy Shark cover story, the publication’s Editor-in-Chief, Poppy Reid, reads the The Amity Affliction’s 2016 cover story in full, alongside exclusive commentary at Melbourne’s Small Time Studios.

Following her read of Rod Yates’ 2016 cover story, a revealing deep dive into frontman Joel Birch’s journey with addiction and recovery, Reid then sits down with the band’s singer, co-songwriter and bassist Ahren Stringer. The pair discuss what it was like for the band when Birch had hit rock bottom around the time of readying the story, seven years ago.

They also dive into how The Amity Affliction has changed since then, and why he’s not a fan of the album the band were promoting at the time.

Editor’s Note: This podcast may be triggering for people who battle depression and/or addiction. 

Stream the second episode of Behind The Rolling Stone Cover:

When asked if the cover story itself was discussed as a band, Ahren Stringer told Poppy Reid: “No. Especially back then we didn’t really talk at all,” he paused, “about things that were important. We just went ‘Oh cool, that’s a Rolling Stone cover’.”

Reid said, “Because it wasn’t important or…”

“No, because we’re men,” Stringer joked in response. “But we are much better now. We’re all opening up in our old age and being more kinder to each other and telling each other how we really feel […] We are all advocates for mental health and what better place to start than in our own band.”

Watch the second episode of Behind The Rolling Stone Cover:

This episode was produced by Got Next Studios.

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