IN HIS FIRST IN-DEPTH interview since the tragic death of his son Arthur, Nick Cave considers 30 years as a Bad Seed, the impact of grief on his life and work, and what the future holds. Meanwhile, our famous covermount CD is Murder Ballads – 15 songs that informed and inspired Cave’s darkly dramatic oeuvre. Also in the issue: Brian May remembers the rivalry, artistry and excess of Queen; Elton John’s stellar 1970 is examined; we dive inside Mick Fleetwood’s intimate photo album; Jason Isbell and Peter Perrett celebrate the straight life after years of addiction; and Billy Bragg writes on skiffle – British youth’s first DIY music explosion. Plus: Fleet Foxes’ epic new opus; Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry returns to conquer; Dave Davies, on acid; Carl Craig’s aural orgasms; and all back to Hank Marvin’s!
MOJO 276 is a Lou Reed Tribute Special, with a covermount CD that cherry-picks 15 incredible tracks from the late Bard Of New York’s RCA & Arista Albums Collection, including Lisa Says, Andy’s Chest, White Light/White Heat, Kill Your Sons and more. An in-depth cover feature includes the inside story of his glam masterpiece, Transformer, and asks Laurie Anderson the big question: what was Lou Reed REALLY like? Also in the issue: The Byrds ignite the psychedelic era with Eight Miles High; we explore Nick Cave’s brave new album; a celebration of ska master Prince Buster; checking in with troubled soul-folk superstar Michael Kiwanuka; how The Human League invented modern pop; punch-ups and Pornography with The Cure. Plus: Ward Thomas; Todd Rundgren on Laura Nyro; Hugh Cornwell on Mussolini; PiL; Leonard Cohen; Ray Charles; Springsteen’s memoir and Meat Loaf’s rubber duckies.
On sale from Tuesday, December 31, the latest issue of MOJO magazine sees us join one of the last great rock bands for an exclusive on the road journey – the revitalised and unstoppable Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds are our guides. The free CD, The Bad Seeds Jukebox, presents 15 mind-blowing tracks compiled for MOJO by the band, featuring tracks by Bill Callahan, Thurston Moore, Karen Dalton, Moondog, Max Roach and many more. Also in the issue: our MOJO 20 anniversary series continues with Status Quo, David Crosby joins us for the MOJO Interview, Jimi Hendrix – the untold story (by his brother), Jimmy Webb reflects on his extraordinary life as a songwriter and our 2014 Preview provides the essential map to the next 12 months in music with Beck, Prince, Warpaint, Linda Perhacs and the return of the record shop.
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