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MOJO 281 is devoted to one of rock’s greatest songwriters. The Kinks’ Ray Davies was the ’60s’ master storyteller and ’70s’ arch-conceptualist, and helped inspire punk as an uncompromising outsider icon. Then, in 2004, he was shot in New Orleans and could have easily died. This month, he tells all to MOJO magazine, while his songs make up our free CD: The Kinks’ classic 1967 album, Something Else, covered song-for-song, by Ty Segall, Gaz Coombes, Nada Surf, Mick Harvey and more. Also in the issue: Neil Young, Thin Lizzy, Madness, The KLF, Blondie, Magnetic Fields, Anohni, Ian Hunter, Elbow and The Stray Cats. It’s a Kornukopia!
We’re dreaming of a Black Christmas, as the last ever shows of the legendary Black Sabbath constitute an occasion to celebrate one of the most influential rock bands of all time. We interview the three remaining original members – Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler – and assess their impact on punk, metal, grunge, avant-doom and more with the help of Dave Grohl and others. MOJO’s FREE CD also gets heavy, as Heavy Nuggets Vol.4 delivers mindblowing heaviosity from Wolf People, Boris, Sleep and more, plus Charles Bradley’s immense cover of Black Sabbath’s Changes. Also in the new issue: Sylvie Simmons (and Bono) hymn the greatness of Leonard Cohen; Aretha Franklin’s 1967 soul coronation; Steve Van Zandt remembers saving Paul Simon’s life; PLUS: our essential music tips for 2017. MOJO 279: it’s no turkey!
The latest MOJO magazine features an extraordinary coup: the ONLY INTERVIEW with KATE BUSH as her Before The Dawn live revelation becomes a commemorative live album. It’s a unique peek into the mind and motives of one of our greatest artists and inspires this month’s FREE CD of 15 contemporary dream pop nuggets by The Anchoress, Nite Jewel, Haley Bonar, School Of Seven Bells and more. Also in the issue: we decree the 50 Best Albums Of 2016; the Sex Pistols’ Steve Jones reveals the pain that drove his punk rebellion; The Band’s Robbie Robertson tells his side of a controversial tale. Plus: the madness of Oasis’s Be Here Now; the legend of James Booker; albums by the Rolling Stones, Pete Doherty and Chris Wood; and Pete Burns: the last interview…
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!