MOJO 274 / September 2016

Bob Marley graces the cover of MOJO magazine this month, 35 years since his untimely death. 1976 is the year in focus, a momentous one for reggae that coincided with turmoil in Jamaica and ended with a brutal assassination attempt on Marley himself. Our covermount CD is also reggae-themed, with 15 tracks of JA classics from Prince Buster, Laurel Aitken, Don Drummond, Jimmy Cliff and more. Also in the issue: David Bowie’s lost album sees the light, plus the magick and madness of Station To Station; how to fail in style with The Replacements; the R&B legacy of Graham Bond; Riot Grrrl remembered; UK reggae on the rise. Not to mention: The B52’s; Angel Olsen; Scotty Moore; Ramones; Jarvis Cocker’s Mindblowers; the Who, Springsteen and Beck hit the stage; Jimmy Webb’s Self Portrait and more!


MOJO 274 / September 2016


FREE CD: JAMAICAN EXPLOSION! Your summer soundtrack features 15 key tracks in the development of Jamaican music. Includes Laurel Aitken, Prince Buster, Don Drummond, Jimmy Cliff, Lord Creator and more!

COVER STORY: BOB MARLEY David Katz revisits 1976, the year of Rastaman Vibration, American breakthrough, Jamaican elections, an attempted assassination and some of the finest reggae LPs ever made, by Max Romeo, Lee “Scratch” Perry, Tapper Zukie and more.

PLUS: THE BIRTH OF UK REGGAE Aswad, Misty In Roots, Steel Pulse, and the fight against prejudice, poverty and the police to bring positivity to the UK’s punky reggae party.

DAVID BOWIE With a new Bowie box set due covering the Golden Years of 1974-76, Chris O’Leary unveils Bowie’s shelved 1974 album The Gouster, with help from Tony Visconti. Plus: David Buckley delves into the black magic, white soul, psychic damage and red peppers that fed into Station To Station.

ANGEL OLSEN From existential folk minimalism to rich pop experiment: Danny Eccleston meets the many faces of the rising Missouri star.

GRAHAM BOND He revolutionised ’60s UK R&B with his Hammond organ, ankh and flowing robes. Then everything went wrong. Kris Needs relives the madness.

THE REPLACEMENTS Try again, fail again, fail better. Bob Mehr dissects the career-long bad-luck spell of Minneapolis’s alt-rock pioneers.

THE MOJO INTERVIEW: KATHLEEN HANNA The radical voice of Riot Grrrl talks to Chris Nelson about illness, recovery, and past/future lives with Bikini Kill, Le Tigre and The Julie Ruin.

REVIEWED Bruce Springsteen / Dinosaur Jr / Aaron Neville / Teenage Fanclub / Ryley Walker / Little Richard / Autechre / De La Soul / The Kinks / Modern Studies / Ramones / The Who / Simple Minds / Emerson, Lake & Palmer / Factory Floor /and more!

PLUS Beck hits the road / The B-52’s quirk out! / Jarvis Cocker’s Mindblowers/ Jimmy Webb’s Self Portrait / How To Buy PJ Harvey / Farewell, Scotty Moore, Ralph Stanley, Bernie Worrell… / Patti Smith vs Nico! / Carmine Appice actually gets paid by Rod Stewart / and more!