MOJO Issue 222 / May 2012

FREE CD! THE WORLD OF THE SMALL FACES AND BEYOND: MOJO presents a celebration of the music that shaped the Small Faces’ sound, starring Ray Charles, Big Joe Turner, Muddy Waters, Harry Belafonte, Bobby Bland and many more. Includes rare Steve Marriott track!

MOJO Issue 222 / May 2012

STEVE MARRIOTT: As the diminutive Supermod frontman of the Small Faces and the heavy-rock magus behind ’70s stadium powerhousers, Humble Pie, he should have had it all. But when love, drugs and money got in the way, what was left? Mark Paytress assesses a true, heroic life, while Jon Savage and David Fricke re-play the records. PETER HAMMILL: The genius affable agitator behind Van Der Graaf Generator and a startling body of solo recordings discusses soul roots, chaos theory, punk influence and work ethics with Mike Barnes.

HAPPY MONDAYS: On the eve of a full-band reunion, the Manchester conquistadors of hedonistic ’90s pop speak to Danny Eccleston about their euphoric highs, gag-making lows and the wisdom of their return.

DR JOHN: Or, how Mac Rebennack, a hot-shot New Orleans guitarist exiled in Los Angeles, transformed himself into a ju-ju Voodoo mystic dealer in incantatory, acid-drenched, second-line funk and gospel. Under a spell: Bob Mehr.

FELT: One of the more peculiar stories of ’80s pop is the ‘10 albums and 10 singles in 10 years’ project of Felt and its singular Midlands visionary, Lawrence. Ian Harrison speaks to band and leader about a plan so strange it could have almost worked.

29 PAGES OF REVIEWS: Jack White / Madonna / M. Ward / Orbital / Rufus Wainwright / Jerry Lee Lewis / Electronic Soul / T.Rex / Talk Talk / John Cale / Carole King’s memoir / Bob Marley documentary / The Libertines saga and much more!

PLUS! Rumer returns / At The Drive In are back / Keith Richards and Eric Clapton salute the late Hubert Sumlin / Keith Moon’s comedy album unearthed / Introducing Mary Epworth / In the studio with John Fogerty and Goldfrapp / John Grant’s Self Portrait / Roberta Flack speaks / Graham Coxon: Vinyl Hunter.

AND FINALLY... “Y’know, I am not surprised that I am still here.” A bona fide rock’n’roll legend speaks exclusively in this month’s issue of MOJO.