MOJO 258 / May 2015

On sale from Tuesday March 24, the latest MOJO magazine is a Blur bonanza, with exclusive interviews with the group and their inner circle detailing their tormented and tempestuous 25-year path to surprise reunion album The Magic Whip. Meanwhile, our mind-blowing free CD, Modern Life Is Rubbish, celebrates Blur’s angsty British vibe with 15 stonking new tracks by The Pop Group, Sleaford Mods, Young Fathers, Half Man Half Biscuit, Kate Tempest, Ghostpoet, Fat White Family, Carl Barât And The Jackals, Kode9 & The Spaceape, and more. Elsewhere in the issue: the story of The Beach Boys’ incredible ’70s rebirth; Sandy Denny’s traumatic farewell to Fairport Convention; Jerry Dammers talks about 2 Tone, Nelson Mandela and being “betrayed” by The Specials; Mark Knopfler waxes lyrical about his hard-grafting northern roots; and producer Giorgio Moroder looks back at his revolutionary disco beats. PLUS Gaz Coombes, Townes Van Zandt, Franz Ferdinand & Sparks, Ringo Starr, Young Fathers, Leadbelly, The Prodigy, a sad adieu to Gong’s Daevid Allen – and much more.