MOJO Issue 208 / March 2011

MOJO Issue 208 / March 2011

FREE CD! ROOTS OF NIRVANA: Distorted sounds from the punk underground featuring The Vaselines, Big Black, Mudhoney, Meat Puppets, Iggy & The Stooges, Flipper, Melvins, Fang, Young Marble Giants, Green River, Beat Happening, Shonen Knife and more! (Hear tracks from the CD here) NIRVANA & THE NOISE OF ’91: Twenty years on, MOJO looks back on the year that changed everything, including…

NIRVANA: MOJO’s Keith Cameron provides an eye-witness account of how the band went from grim tours and sleeping on floors, to world domination and TV saturation. Dave Grohl recalls the tipping point of Smells Like Teen Spirit.

THE YEAR PUNK BROKE: From Sonic Youth to Screaming Trees, those other underground sounds that went overground in 1991. By Phil Alexander.

PEARL JAM: Stone Gossard recalls the stress, insecurity and doubt of going up against Nirvana in 1991.

RICHARD THOMPSON: Songwriter, storyteller and guitar great, the folk hero talks to Colin Irwin about Drake, Denny, Linda, and how he was saved by the Sex Pistols and Abbot Ale.

RUMER: She’s meek, she’s mild, she’s forthright and wild. Tom Doyle hangs out with Sarah ‘Rumer’ Joyce, the mercurial talent behind the biggest success story of the past 12 months.

JOHNNY CASH: The defining images of the country legend were captured by the late photographer Jim Marshall. MOJO pays tribute to the man and his muse.

SWANS: They made the most terrifying racket known to human ears. And now they’re back! Andrew Perry talks to Michael Gira about the necessary return of the gods of noise.

SCRITTI POLITTI: From agit-squat post-punker to pop pal of George Michael and Miles Davis, Green Gartside’s ’80s were more remarkable than most. Pete Paphides hears about his astonishing life.

CAPTAIN BEEFHEART: The gravel-voiced magus of cosmic rock’n’roll alchemy left the planet on December 17, 2010. In this 10-page tribute Mike Barnes, P.J. Harvey and Jack White III, bid farewell to the grand vizier of low yo-yo-stuff.

REVIEWED: Liam Gallagher’s Beady Eye / Bright Eyes / The Low Anthem / James Blake / Drive-By Truckers / Gruff Rhys / Faust / Mogwai / Phantom Buffalo / Charles Bradley / Teddy Thompson / Plastikman / Bob Marley / Doris Troy / Peter Hammill / Tangerine Dream and many more!

PLUS!: Paul Simon speaks / Abba to reunite? / In the studio with Rush / Viv Albertine’s self portrait / Stones ’65 / Gregg Allman faces MOJO’s Rock’n’Roll Confidential / welcome back Robert Miles / farewell Gerry Rafferty and Mick Karn…

AND FINALLY…freak out with our Captain Beefheart album guide!