IN 2017, DAVE GROHL is a world-straddling rock titan with his band the Foo Fighters, touting a brand new album of his best songs yet; but 25 years ago, as he prepared to take the Reading Festival stage with an embattled Nirvana, his future was on a knife edge. ONLY in this month’s MOJO magazine, he relives the moments and celebrates the influences that made the songwriter and star of today, while a 15-track FREE CD showcases the American alternative rock revolution of 1989-92, with fierce tracks from Afghan Whigs, Pavement, Mudhoney and more. Also in the issue: David Gilmour goes back to Pompeii; Cat Stevens reclaims his past; while Sparks wave their freak flag high. Plus: Ian Dury & The Blockheads; Elvis – The Last Mystery; unseen Lou Reed by Mick Rock; LCD Soundsystem return… And: how Jimmy Webb struck MOR gold on PCP!
THIS MONTH MOJO commemorates the 50th Anniversary of Jimi Hendrix’s musical revolution with an exclusive step inside his studio realm – courtesy of his closest sonic confidant – and a celebration of the 27 songs that landmarked his too-short life. Our covermount CD is also Jimi-themed: Kiss The Sky is a 15-track trek from the blues to the stars and beyond. Also in the issue: The Clash take punk to the provinces in spring ’77; Roger Waters picks a fight; Dan Auerbach says The Black Keys will have to wait; The Selecter relive their 2-Tone travails. Plus: Father John Misty trips out; Depeche Mode go live; Steve Earle by his own hand; OK Computer rebooted; Warren Zevon reassessed; And: U2; Scott Walker; Oumou Sangare; The National; Kraftwerk; Ride; farewell, Chris Cornell, Gregg Allman, Saxa; Dylan at Newport ’63. And finally: how John Lennon freed John Sinclair with a bagful of drugs.
You’ll believe a pig can fly! MOJO celebrates 50 years of Pink Floyd as a recording band and 40 years since Animals, their angriest album, was unleashed. The package contains a lovingly curated CD of progressive sounds, including mind-expanding tracks by Hawkwind, Foxygen, Public Service Broadcasting, Gong, The Phoenix Foundation, Dungen, Jane Weaver and more. Inside the magazine, the Floyd’s Roger Waters gives an exclusive interview about the Animals album and MOJO is afforded an exclusive preview of the V&A’s extraordinary Pink Floyd exhibition. Also this month: Prince – the man behind the myth; the madness and majesty of Bat Out Of Hell; Delaney & Bonnie’s soul-rock circus; plus Future Islands, Dave Brock, Incredible String Band, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Aimee Mann, David Axelrod, Ice-T, Diamanda Galás and more.
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!
The latest MOJO magazine sheds new light on SYD BARRETT, the fragile songwriting genius who set Pink Floyd on their stellar path before stumbling into the wilderness. MOJO writers explore all his songs while his sister Rosemary remembers the man behind the myth. This month, the magazine resides a natty card wallet with TWO FABULOUS PINK FLOYD ART PRINTS and our customary COVERMOUNT CD, continuing the psych theme with 14 mind-expanding tracks from ace contemporary artists including Goat, Cate Le Bon, Black Mountain and Thee Oh Sees. Also in the issue: Santana’s classic line-up kiss and make up; The Jam’s history in pictures (captioned by Paul Weller!); sax legend Sonny Rollins; unseen Smiths; Merle Haggard; Father John Misty; Keith Emerson; Corinne Bailey Rae; Manic Street Preachers; Michael Kiwanuka; Lucinda Williams; Cheap Trick; Ray Lamontagne; The Artist Formerly Known As Antony; The Verve and loads more. It’s Flaming brilliant!
40 years ago, Patti Smith turned music upside down with Horses, the no-holds-barred riot of verse and riffs that paved the way for punk. In the latest MOJO magazine, she talks exclusively about her creative journey. Meanwhile, Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour invites us into his parlour and provides an exclusive Beatles cover for our covermount CD, which also stars Robert Wyatt, Ben Watt and Crosby & Nash. Elsewhere in the issue: Sonic Youth and Hüsker Dü reinvent rock in 1985; Shirley Collins’ folk odyssey; John Mayall remembers Clapton, Green and the army. Julia Holter, New Order and the Grateful Dead star among 146 reviews. Plus! Ezra Furman, Kurt Vile, Test Dept meet Princess Di, Alice Cooper revives The Hollywood Vampires and Fish fights Marillion!