MOJO 253 / December 2014

ON SALE FROM TUESDAY, October 28, 2014, the new MOJO salutes rock’s eternal voyagers Pink Floyd as they release The Endless River, the last music, they say, ever to be issued under the band's name. In our 21-page special, we visit David Gilmour and Nick Mason in their lairs to talk at length about the album's fragile genesis, and revisit the dramatic twists and turns of the group’s near 50-year career. Also: the first family of British folk – Thompsons Richard, Linda, Teddy and Kami – spill the beans on their unexpected but highly welcomed reunion; punk superstar Billy Idol walks us through his dark and debauched ’80s MTV years; Mick Fleetwood bares his soul; those present there recall Kurt Cobain's bizarre last-ever photo session; and California psych-aholic Ty Segall reveals his curious modus operandi. All this and more, plus a synapse-sizzling free CD compiling the best of the new psych-rock wavers. CLICK TO BUY THIS ISSUE ONLINE

MOJO 253 / December 2014


FREE CD! BRAIN DAMAGE Taking its name – and lysergic inspiration – from the classic Dark Side Of The Moon track, this 15-track compendium of heavy psych assaults, space jams and astral chants will detonate your mind into a totally new cosmic dimension. Really. Features Goat, Thee Oh Sees, Hookworms, Electric Wizard, Wytches, Foxygen and many more of our favourite 21st-century psychedelicists.

Pink Floyd in 1994: (from left) Rick Wright, David Gilmour, Nick Mason. Photo: Albert Watson

PINK FLOYD The Beginning & The End. David Gilmour and Nick Mason talk exclusively to MOJO's Jim Irvin about The Endless River: “Our last great hurrah.” Plus Mark Blake dissects Syd Barrett and co.’s weird Cambridge pre-history.

NIRVANA In July 1993, Kurt Cobain gave what would become his last-ever magazine interview. Journalist Jon Savage and photographer Jesse Frohman remember two strange days hanging out with the troubled grunge titans.

MICK FLEETWOOD Fleetwood Mac's perpetual motion machine gives the skinny to Dave DiMartino on his new autobiography and remarkable life.

BILLY IDOL Have a good time, all the time. MOJO marvels at the debaunched ’80s MTV lifestyle of Mr William Broad.

THOMPSON FAMILY Richard, Linda, Teddy, Kami and friends on the musical family reunion they all thought would never happen.

TY SEGALL Chris Ziegler boggles at the non-stop swirling psychedelic work ethic of the kosmic Kalifornia kid.

SANDIE SHAW The barefoot contessa of ’60s pop looks back on her 20th year and how Eurovision crap stymied her career.

REVIEWED The New Basement Tapes / Bob Dylan And The Band / Neil Young / Captain Beefheart / Bryan Ferry / Thom Yorke / Buzzcocks / Frazey Ford / The Coral / Antony And The Johnsons / Tindersticks / Melvins / TV On The Radio / Deptford Goth / Chick Corea Trio / Gemma Hayes / Naomi Bedford / Hookworms / Deerhoof / Thurston Moore / Swearing At Motorists / Rumer / Kathryn Tickell & The Side / Swans / Miles Davis / The Chills / Big Star

PLUS! All back to John Lydon’s to listen to Nico / Neil Diamond goes back to school / Jimmy Cauty on Smiley Riot Shields / Public Service Broadcasting revisit the Cold War space race / Bryan Adams portrays himself well / Tim Gane shares his mind-blowers / Herbie Hancock spills all / Mellencamp on Dylan / Alex G and Hookworms arise / Mark Nevin loves and leaves Morrissey / Lauryn Hill arrives late but it’s worth it / How To Buy Rory Gallagher / Edwyn Collins’ recovery in film brings a tear to the eye / Adieu, Kenny Wheeler, Joe Sample, Paul Revere