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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!
IN SUMMER 1977, the Sex Pistols were on the run – hounded by knife-wielding gangs and harried by the establishment – but by the end of the year they’d struck a blow for artistic freedom that would ring down the decades. This month MOJO revisits punk’s apogee and delivers a 15-track FREE CD of punk rock scorchers, featuring The Damned, Vibrators, Adverts, Television Personalities and more. Also in the issue: the rise & fall of The Allman Brothers; the last days of Marc Bolan; the wit and wisdom of Randy Newman; Alice Cooper’s personality crisis; the legend of Bright Phoebus. Plus: inside the Morrissey biopic; Steve Winwood goes EDN (WTF?); Can are born; Anita Pallenberg passes on; new albums by Queens Of The Stone Age, Arcade Fire, The War On Drugs, The Fall, Steven Wilson and many many more.
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.
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 celebrates the 50th Birthday of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – rebooted in 2017 with a thrilling new stereo mix. Paul McCartney tells us how they “vibed” it; Jon Savage on the songs and the significance; Nigel Hartnup relives THAT sleeve shoot; Giles Martin defends his Pepper for the new millennium; and more! Meanwhile MOJO’s covermount CD, Children Of Pepper, brings together mind-blowing tracks by psych inheritors including Ty Segall, Apples In Stereo, Pond, Thee Oh Sees and The Moonlandingz. Also in a bumper issue: remembering Jeff Buckley; saluting Chuck Berry; interrogating Christine McVie; moshing to At The Drive In. Plus: Jack White; Jane Birkin; Paul Weller; Loudon Wainwright III; Otis Redding and Slowdive. MOJO: Fixing A Hole in your record collection since 1993.