WITH BRAND NEW INTERVIEWS and rare pictures, the latest MOJO delves into the most fascinating phase of David Bowie’s career: his late-’70s spell in Berlin, and the paradigm-shifting albums that sprang from it. Tony Visconti, Carlos Alomar and more help us decode Low, “Heroes” and Lodger while our 15-track Free CD, Neu Decade, celebrates the music that fed into Bowie’s Euro-exile – including Can, Cluster, Popol Vuh and Michael Rother. Also in the issue: Otis Redding’s climactic 1967; Dhani Harrison on life as a Beatle’s boy; Taj Mahal takes the blues to the world; Chris Hillman remembers the Byrds, Burrito Brothers and beyond; and we celebrate the staggering legacies of Holger Czukay, Walter Becker and Glen Campbell. Plus: Slade; KLF; Tricky; First Aid Kit; Lukas Nelson; Wolf Alice; The Smiths; Robert Plant; Liam Gallagher; St. Vincent; Beck; Kevin Ayers; Peggy Seeger and… Crass!
CONTENTS MOJO 288
COVER STORY: DAVID BOWIE Forty years since Bowie changed music with Low and “Heroes”, new interviews plus rare and unseen shots reveal new ways Berlin reshaped him. Plus: how Lodger dropped the curtain on ‘The Trilogy’ and its extraordinary remix/rebirth in 2017.
FREE CD: NEU DECADE In the ’70s, David Bowie looked to Europe for the future of rock. He found Can, Cluster, Popol Vuh and Michael Rother – just four of the 15 artists on this mind-altering compilation. Vorwärts!
OTIS REDDING ’60s soul’s lightning rod, the heart of Stax Records, was evolving to a whole new level when tragedy struck, 50 years ago. “He was our hero,” bandmates tell MOJO.
CHRIS HILLMAN Straight-talking from the no-bullshit backbone of The Byrds and Flying Burrito Brothers, on childhood tragedy, wayward bandmates and more.
DHANI HARRISON Beatle George’s boy took years to join the family business, and no wonder. “Kids would chase me, singing Yellow Submarine,” he says. “Kids are arseholes.”
TAJ MAHAL How Henry Saint Clair Fredericks Jr chased the blues all over the world, and why he’ll never stop: “What I’ve learned is that you never stop learning.”
EVIE SANDS The ’60s singing prodigy became a ’70s songwriter of quality, but not everyone welcomed the transition. Now she’s having another crack at that glass ceiling.
REVIEWED: Wolf Alice / Robert Plant / The Smiths / St. Vincent / David Crosby / Squeeze / Liam Gallagher / Van Morrison / Amadou & Mariam / Beck / The Rolling Stones
ALSO: Tributes to Holger Czukay, Walter Becker & Glen Campbell / The wacky return of the KLF / First Aid Kit heal themselves / The wisdom of Pere Ubu’s David Thomas / Tricky tells all / Lukas Nelson on dad Willie & Uncle Neil / The best of Kevin Ayers / The birth & death of Crass / And… great Slade Alive!