THIS MONTH MOJO EMBARKS on a voyage of rediscovery among THE 50 GREATEST PINK FLOYD SONGS – a celebration of their works from Walk With Me Sydney to The Endless River and all points between. Meanwhile, we have an exclusive interview with Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets, the Floyd drummer’s unexpected live reincarnation of the Syd Barrett-era band. Enhance your psychedelic mood with MOJO’s covermount CD: Bright Ambassadors Of Morning – a collection of mind-altering music from the past and present, featuring The Flaming Lips, James Holden, Phil Manzanera, Todd Rundgren, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith and more. Plus! Enjoy a heart-on-sleeve interview with Patti Smith on the eve of her UK tour, a rare full-career rundown with Can man Damo Suzuki, an audience with jazz proselytiser Kamasi Washington, and new perspectives on Paul Simon’s life-changing spells in the UK, 1963-65. And! The Cure’s real meltdown; Neil Young’s Santa Monica Flyers reform; behind those new Abba songs; Norma Waterson, Christopher Eccleston, James Williamson, Cecil Taylor, Natalie Prass, Gene Clark and Fela Kuti.
You can also buy one of two covers! Cover 1, celebrating the Syd Barrett line-up of the band; and Cover 2, featuring David Gilmour, Roger Waters, Rick Wright and Nick Mason. While stocks last!
CONTENTS MOJO 295
COVER STORY: PINK FLOYD’s 50 GREATEST SONGS From the cauldron of Syd Psych to the emotional journeys of Dark Side and beyond, the Ultimate Head Band’s omni-brilliance explored. Plus: insiders speak! And: how Nick Mason is taking Early Floyd on the road!
COVERMOUNT CD: BRIGHT AMBASSADORS OF MORNING Take a trip into third eye-dilating music old and new – featuring The Flaming Lips, James Holden, Phil Manzanera, Todd Rundgren, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith and more.
PATTI SMITH As she gears up for UK shows, rock’s poet-in-chief relives her life on stage. Includes: writing for Janis; the clarinet controv; that Nobel prizegiving and more!
DAMO SUZUKI Can’s vocal vortex on life-as-improv, rum contracts and Jürgen Klopp. “When by accident something happens,” he insists, “it’s more interesting than if you plan it.”
PAUL SIMON How his visits to Britain between 1963 and 1965 are more significant than previously thought. Revelations courtesy Robert Hilburn’s remarkable new biography.
KAMASI WASHINGTON South Central L.A.’s Street Fighter-turned-saxophone colossus is bringing jazz into the 21st Century, on a cosmic scale. Snoop and Kendrick are along for the ride.
REVIEWED Natalie Prass / Father John Misty / Gene Clark / Sleep / Janelle Monae / Jonny Marr / Gruff Rhys / Bruce Springsteen / Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever / Wilko Johnson / Ray LaMontagne / Shannon Shaw / Let’s Eat Grandma / The Beat / Jon Hassell / Zuider Zee
PLUS The Cure: from triumph to Disintegration / Neil Young revives the Santa Monica Flyers / Abba’s new songs / How To Buy Fela Kuti / brace positions for Yo La Tengo / All Back To Liz Phair’s / Amyl & The Sniffers’ Aussie bovver rock revival / Christopher Eccleston blows our minds / Lucy Dacus is on the rise / goodbye, Cecil Taylor / Norma Waterson vs The Stones!