The New Issue of Rolling Stone: Chris Martin of Coldplay

June 11, 2008 12:21 PM ET

Coldplay's Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends stands to be one of the biggest albums of the year, and fittingly, frontman Chris Martin graces the cover of the new issue of Rolling Stone, which hits newsstands today. Martin is a rare, complicated rock star, reluctant to dwell too much in the spotlight but eager to put his fame and influence to good use. Click below for an excerpt from the interview with Martin, including how he thinks the election of Barack Obama would change the world, and also check out the gallery of live photos from Coldplay's career.

The Jesus of Uncool: Chris Martin — The Rolling Stone Interview

Coldplay Live: Concert Photos From Throughout the Band's Career

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