International and subscriber issues of the new MOJO feature alternate cover star Lou Reed, the rock’n’roll titan who sadly died on October 27. There will also be a short run of Lou Reed covers available in HMV stores in the UK and also through MOJO4music.com. Click to buy this version now.
CONTENTS / MOJO 242
FREE CD! 2013 The Best Of The Year: MOJO presents the year’s finest tunes by Primal Scream, Bill Callahan, Deerhunter, John Grant, Low, Goldfrapp, Charles Bradley, Bill Bragg and more.
ARCADE FIRE: From Haiti to Jamaica to Miami, Keith Cameron follows the paths that led Win, Régine and team towards the remarkable Reflektor.
LOU REED: Mark Paytress, the last journalist to interview Lou Reed in the UK, presents an intimate portrait of the man and his unique impact on modern music.
MOJO 20 SMOKEY ROBINSON: Continuing our 20th anniversary series, the soul poet looks back on writing Shop Around, his first Number 1.
PRIMAL SCREAM: Pat Gilbert gets an on-the-road history lesson on the wild chemical past and positive future of this still-sustaining band of brothers.
BEST 0F 2013: Daft Punk, David Bowie, Bill Callahan, Bob Dylan… MOJO looks back on the year’s highs. PLUS: Jimmy Page, Tricky, Paul Weller, Kim Gordon and more on The Best Thing I’ve Heard All Year.
THE RUTS: They promised a new wave of militant punk activism, but their singer discovered heroin. Andrew Perry finds out what was lost.
REVIEWED: Eminem / Toy / Goat / Billie Joe Armstrong & Norah Jones / Nick Lowe / MIA / Allen Toussaint / The Velvet Underground / Paramount Records / Howe Gelb / Jimi Hendrix / Ry Cooder / Neil Young / Morrissey / Ray Davies / James Booker / Thelonious Monk / Kings Of Leon / Bright Phoebus and more.
PLUS: All back to Neil Gaiman’s / Farewell, Philip Chevron / The Beautiful South’s life and demise / Africa Express’s new freedom ride / Brian May’s Visions Of Hell / In the studio with Broken Bells / Holgar Czukay’s Self Portrait / Frank Sinatra Jr.’s Mind Blowers / Mary J. Blige talks Christmas, Soul II Soul and ’80s rock.