THIS MONTH, MOJO RELIVES the madness of The Rolling Stones’ psychedelic 1967, as they fought to keep pace with the Beatles while the British police and tabloid press – in sinister consort – strove to clap them in irons. Meanwhile, our FREE CD is 2,000 Light Years From Home, a total wig-flipper compiling acid-warped British rock from ’67 to ’70, including Small Faces, The Pretty Things, Arthur Brown and more. Also in the issue: the late great Tom Petty, by his bandmates; behind the Beatles’ Christmas fan club records; the sadness and defiance of Phil Ochs. Plus: Jeff Tweedy, AC/DC’s Malcolm Young, Ezra Furman, Elbow, Devo, King Crimson, Françoise Hardy and MOJO’s Essential 2018 Preview.
CONTENTS MOJO 291
COVER STORY: THE ROLLING STONES The psychedelic shenanigans and establishment vendettas that made 1967 the group’s watershed year, and the daring, controversial album that came out of it: Their Satanic Majesties’ Request. PLUS: Mick Jagger remembers the “condescending” Beeb and the Stones’ classic ’60s radio sessions.
FREE CD: 2,000 LIGHT YEARS FROM HOME. 15 wig-flipping volleys of acid-warped British rock from ’67 to ’70, including Small Faces, The Pretty Things, Arthur Brown and more.
TOM PETTY Two months on from his tragic death, The Heartbreakers talk to Sylvie Simmons about the unique qualities that took their fallen leader into rock’s pantheon.
THE BEATLES The story of the fan club flexi discs they made every Christmas, and what they tell us about the group’s unprecedented journey – poems, pantos, Tiny Tim and all.
JEFF TWEEDY Wilco’s wise wizard on the trials that have defined him: Uncle Tupelo; Yankee Hotel Foxtrot; prescription pills: “Mostly, I feel grateful that I’m healthy.”
PHIL OCHS The matinee idol of ’60s folk, revered by Dylan, who fought the machine and ended his life at odds with the world, and himself. Friends and family tell the tale.
EZRA FURMAN The cross-dressing, Shabbat-observing rock’n’roll revivalist whose gigs are mental and whose records reach for the stars: “‘Space cadet’, they called me.”
ELBOW On the road with that rarity: a fortysomething rock band still with things to say and still drinking with relish. Pat Gilbert meets Bury’s finest halfway.
REVIEWED: Nils Frahm / Neil Young / Mudhoney / Belle & Sebastian / Van Morrison / Tune-Yards / Yes / Calexico / King Crimson / Fela Kuti / Ramones / James Carr / Sufjan Stevens / The Cramps / Mary Margaret O’Hara / John Carpenter
PLUS: How 2018’s shaping up / How AC/DC’s Malcolm Young changed rock / Shannon Shaw channels Dusty In Memphis / In the studio with The Damned / Gregory Porter’s lost singers / Franz Ferdinand, the Lada and the Walnut Whip / Mike Mills’ folk turn-on / Devo meet Mick Jagger / How To Buy Françoise Hardy / Michael Head remembers the beginning and end of The Pale Fountains / And! All back to Dave Hill’s!