1 | How to get a head in Hollywood
Frank Sidebottom was a cabaret circuit curiosity (some would say comedy genius) who died a pauper nearly four years ago (or at least the man inside his giant papier mache head did). So how did Timperley’s favourite (some might say dysfunctional) son become the inspiration for Frank a film that’s attracting rave reviews in America? And how did Oscar nominated actor Michael Fassbender come to be the man inside the head. Amy Raphael talks to Jon Ronson, the film’s writer and a former member of Frank Sidebottom’s band, as well as Frank’s director and screenwriter to tell an improbable story of the outsider who finally hit the mainstream.
2 | Esquire’s Manager of the Year
Forget Brendan Rodgers or Tony Pulis, once you’ve seen the brilliant feature-length documentary Next Goal Wins you’ll agree with us that there’s only one man who deserves the Manager of the Year trophy. And that man is Dutchman Thomas Rongen who took American Samoa, the world’s worst football team (a side that once lost 31-0 to Australia, no less) and restored their hope, belief and self-respect. Morris Kessler’s long-form interview with Rongen is not to be missed.
3 | How Jay Z tried to rescue the American Dream
The Made in America festival was more than a corny celebration of musical diversity – it was Jay Z’s attempt to highlight his nation’s politics of inequality. Film director Ron Howard, a man who confesses to know nothing of contemporary music, was invited to make a film of the event, one which boasted a bill including Run DMC, Pearl Jam, Santigold and Skrillex. And as Andrew Harrison found out when he caught up with Howard, the experience was not what he expected.
4 | The summer’s boldest style
Just because the sun’s out (or at least it was), it doesn’t have to mean a return to bright block colours. As Esquire Weekly stylist Lee Holden explains in a guide to key trends (performance fabrics, the cocoon coat, voluminous trousers – MC Hammer alert! – and more), monochrome might just be the season’s sharpest play.
5 | The couple that put the darkness into True Detective
Never heard of The Handsome Family? That won’t be true if you, like us, were glued to the superb True Detective, starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. The New Mexico husband and wife team supplied the theme song that played over those defining, unforgettable opening credits. And guess what? They’re currently playing dates in the UK. Read the interview – and their playlist of other dark country classics.
6 | Tony Parsons chooses a life of crime
Not content with selling millions of novels, the former “hip, young gunslinger” has now set his sights on becoming one of the top five crime writers in the world. His starting point was the sense of fury he continues to feel about the conspicuous privilege enjoyed by the Eton and Oxbridge-educated ruling classes. We think it’s fair to say he won’t be voting Tory at the next election.
7 | The Crunch List
Your weekly guide to the 10 things every man should see, read, watch, hear, wear, know about and buy, including a delinquent from Tonga (courtesy of Esquire Weekly favourite Chris Lilley), a beautiful woman in a bikini (courtesy of California), the future of sweat-proof shirting (courtesy of those clever people at SmartWeave) and lunatics who pull cars with their eye sockets (courtesy of Simon Farnaby, the man who dug up the remains of Richard III in a car park). In other words, the Esquire universe on a single page!
Esquire Weekly, our new, iPad-only edition, containing 100 per cent original content, is published every Thursday on the Apple Newsstand. Get your copy today by downloading the Esquire UK app to your iPad and buying an individual copy for 99p or taking out a three-month, six-month or year’s subscription (all of which include digital copies of the monthly magazine)