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.
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.