SHAPE-SHIFTING MUSIC AND IMAGE ICON David Bowie has based his extraordinary five-decade career on breathtaking sonic innovation and unexpected, über-cool changes to his look. Celebrating the singer's feverish enthusiasm for reinvention, the latest issue of MOJO is available with three different collectable covers, each picturing Bowie in a key artistic phase: the narcissistic early ’70s glam-rocker, the futuristic narco European of his Berlin years and the storied, chic millennial survivor. All will be available in UK shops and to buy on-line from Tuesday December 30, 2014.
Our Bowie issue centres on the singer’s 100 Greatest Songs, as voted for by MOJO’s staff and writers, which makes for an intriguing list overflowing with fascinating surprises, copper-bottomed classics and, possibly (and feel free to test yourself, Dame-heads), the odd mind-blowing track you've yet to hear. Our compelling ‘100’ also includes personal contributions from stellar Bowie fans and collaborators Billy Corgan, Carlos Alomar, Robert Fripp, Dana Gillespie, Reeves Gabrels, Ken Scott, and Lindsay Kemp, while producer Tony Visconti talks us through the strange genesis and enduring legacy of 1970’s pivotal The Man Who Sold The World album.
If that's not enough, the issue comes with a FREE CD, David Bowie Heroes, featuring 15 artists that influenced Bowie's sound and look down the ages, from Little Richard and Bobby Bland, to Jacques Brel, Vince Taylor and The Yardbirds.
ALSO in the latest MOJO: The incredible story of The Kinks’ dramatic crack-up in the early ’70s; the MOJO Interview with a still-angry and ever-singular Henry Rollins; a very sad adieu to Small Faces, Faces and Stones keyboard legend Ian McLagan; Cathal Smyth, alias Chas Smash from Madness, embraces love, peace and Amazonian herbal hallucinogens; Moe Tucker says hello and goodbye to The Velvet Underground; The Who and Dr John perform live; Stuart Murdoch of Belle & Sebastian crafts his Self Portrait; and R.E.M. invade the UK in 1985.
All this, and our insider's survey of what 2015 holds in store, kicked off by news of Bob Dylan's album and Pete Townshend on an orchestral reworking of Quadrophenia PLUS a cornucopia of reviews, including Sleater-Kinney, Gaz Coombes, Panda Bear, Curtis Harding, The Charlatans, Sparks and The Go-Betweens.