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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 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!