MOJO Issue 210 / May 2011

MOJO Issue 210 / May 2011

FREE CD!: 1-2-3-4! THE ROOTS OF THE RAMONES: Featuring T.Rex, Bobby Freeman, Television, The Seeds, New York Dolls, The Dictators, The Shangri-Las, Ronnie Spector, The Trashmen, Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers, Love and more! RAMONES: They’re no longer with us, but their legacy lives on. Ten years after the death of their leader, MOJO salutes the NY genii of punk minimalism. Kris Needs speaks to the friends and family of Joey Ramone about his remarkable life, Tommy Ramone recalls the psychotic pop-song formula of that debut album, and David Fricke investigates the freak four’s sustained insane attack on the pop charts.

ROBBIE ROBERTSON: He learnt the code of the road at “the Ronnie Hawkins school of music”, before he got bottled and booed with a “hot-wired” Dylan, and created magic with The Band. Last Waltz audience member Joel Selvin quizzes the guitarist on long-gone friends, music from the mountains and the “nose room”.

THE LOW ANTHEM: In an abandoned pasta factory in Providence, Rhode Island four musicians battle the excesses of the modern world. Will Hodgkinson meets the anti-consumerist heroes making beautiful music.

FELA KUTI: The warrior-king of Afrobeat, he declared war on Nigeria’s government. David Hutcheon separates myth from reality and speaks to Fela’s sons, Femi and Seun, about battles for their father’s legacy.

DEREK AND THE DOMINOS: It was a dream come true, Eric Clapton recording in the US with a revered line-up of southern R&B musicians. But death, smack, and rejection by Pattie Boyd halted the celebrations. Phil Sutcliffe revisits the time when Eric was Derek.

CHRIS CORNELL: Multi-million sellers Soundgarden, mired in a drugs and alcohol haze, weren’t built to last. But after supergroup and solo success their frontman reformed them. “It’s not a cash in,” he tells Peter Makowski.

REVIEWED!: Radiohead / Bill Callahan / Foo Fighters / Cat's Eyes / Glasvegas / Paul Simon / Alison Krauss & Union Station / Low / Hype Williams / Marry Waterson & Oliver Knight / The Hollies/ The Kinks / Jackie DeShannon / Charlie Rich / Elvis Presley / Allen Toussaint / Sebadoh / Roy Orbison and more!

PLUS!: All back to Woody Allen’s place / Ian Stewart remembered / Record Store Day returns / Secret Foo Fighters gig / Introducing Lia Ices and David Thomas Broughton / In the studio with Magazine and Flats / Bootsy Collins’ Rock’n’roll Confidential / Welcome back The Flamin’ Groovies / Farewell, George Shearing and Suze Rotolo…

AND FINALLY…we present the GG Allin latex mask. No, seriously.