MOJO 281 delivers the surprise story of the moment: U2’s decision to take The Joshua Tree on the road, 30 years since their 5th studio album conquered the world. Bono, Larry, Edge and Adam remember the death threats and tequila madness, and explore the dark parallels between 1987 and 2017, while our 15-track FREE CD, featuring Julie Byrne, The Gun Club, Meat Puppets, Lift To Experience and more, is the soundtrack to the ultimate American road trip. Also inside: The Byrds’ Roger McGuinn sings like a canary, Woody Woodmansey relives Ziggy Mania, The Last Poets shoot it out with the KKK and Hurray For The Riff Raff hit a peak. Plus! How Jim Dickinson took the Rolling Stones downhome, when Wilson Pickett went bananas… and 147 reviews.
Five years since they split, R.E.M. take us back to the dawn of the ’90s to assess the impact of their landmark Out Of Time album and its aftermath, while our customary covermount CD celebrates the Golden Age of alternative rock with songs by Dinosaur Jr, Lemonheads, Pavement, Galaxie 500 and more. Also in the issue: Brian Wilson writes of the fear that haunted The Beach Boys’ greatest music; we tell the definitive inside story of Bowie’s last act – Lazarus; Roy Harper emerges from hell; Pink Floyd and Bob Dylan box sets come under the microscope; Metallica’s Lars Ulrich gets (back) on the couch; Syd Arthur psych out Paul Weller; Paul Simon contemplates the end; gay rock and more!
Bob Marley graces the cover of MOJO magazine this month, 35 years since his untimely death. 1976 is the year in focus, a momentous one for reggae that coincided with turmoil in Jamaica and ended with a brutal assassination attempt on Marley himself. Our covermount CD is also reggae-themed, with 15 tracks of JA classics from Prince Buster, Laurel Aitken, Don Drummond, Jimmy Cliff and more. Also in the issue: David Bowie’s lost album sees the light, plus the magick and madness of Station To Station; how to fail in style with The Replacements; the R&B legacy of Graham Bond; Riot Grrrl remembered; UK reggae on the rise. Not to mention: The B52’s; Angel Olsen; Scotty Moore; Ramones; Jarvis Cocker’s Mindblowers; the Who, Springsteen and Beck hit the stage; Jimmy Webb’s Self Portrait and more!
This month’s MOJO celebrates the 50 Greatest Songs of THE SMITHS, saviours of British music in the ’80s with their sensitive songwriting and sophisticated soundworld. MOJO writers and star fans delve into the songs that saved our lives, while a stop press scoop delivers the latest on the soon-come Morrissey biopic and our FREE COVERMOUNT CD – entitled How Soon Is Now? – brings you the best new independent music from Ezra Furman, Beach House, Julianna Barwick, The Fall and more. Also in the new issue: Joe Strummer’s post-Clash trauma; inside the mysteries of Can with Holger Czukay; Terry Reid nearly shoots Bob Dylan; Tiny Tim gets married; Guy Clark gets eulogized; DJ Shadow blows our minds, Rival Sons rock the world and Amanda Palmer embraces chaos. Panic? Not while there are still issues available online!