35 YEARS ON, THE EXTRAORDINARY story of David Bowie’s Let’s Dance – his rollercoaster ride to fame and riches, weirdness and regret – with new interviews with Nile Rodgers, Earl Slick, Carlos Alomar and more. Meanwhile, MOJO’s covermount CD mines the classic R&B that inspired Bowie to dance the blues: Little Richard, Johnny Otis, James Brown, Earl Bostic, Albert King included. Also in the issue: behind the Byrds ‘reunion’; reassessing Yellow Submarine; MC5’s Wayne Kramer on punk, junk and jail; the strangest Echo & The Bunnymen interview you’ll ever read; Millie Jackson speaks frankly; Neil Finn makes album with son, joins Fleetwood Mac. Plus! Jeff Bridges reveals his inner Dude; George Clinton’s Mindblowers; Free; Jim James; Gorillaz; Ray Davies; Guns N’Roses; Graham Nash; Steve Marriott; The Rolling Stones; The The; when Johnny Marr met David Crosby; and unheard John Coltrane!
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COVER STORY: DAVID BOWIE The Dame’s rollercoaster ride to fame and riches, weirdness and regret, 35 years on. Let’s Dance and Serious Moonlight relived with Nile Rodgers, Earl Slick, Carlos Alomar and more.
COVERMOUNT CD: DANCE THE BLUES 15 tracks mining the classic R&B that inspired David Bowie. Little Richard, Johnny Otis, James Brown, Earl Bostic, Albert King and more!
WAYNE KRAMER The MC5 firebrand on crime, jail and redemption, and how, when you’re kicking drugs, touring with Johnny Thunders is a bad idea.
ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN With a new album shining new light on their classic songs, can post-punk’s scouse romantics transcend their bad old ways? Well, kind of…
YELLOW SUBMARINE As it turns 50 and returns to the big screen, Mat Snow weighs the impact, fallout and legacy of the Beatles’ most polarizing product.
OH SEES John Dwyer’s epic psych odyssey achieves critical mass. Tell the Stones there’s a new Greatest Rock’n’Roll Band in town.
MILLIE JACKSON The filth and the fury of southern soul’s plain-talking diva. Pig farming, sex politics, toilet humour, and more!
REVIEWED Jim James / Gorillaz / Cowboy Junkies / Ray Davies / Florence & The Machine / Guns N’Roses / Dawes / The Beach Boys / Amyl & The Sniffers / Graham Nash / PiL / The Rolling Stones / The The / The Grateful Dead / and unheard John Coltrane!
PLUS Some Byrds revisit Sweetheart Of The Rodeo / Neil Finn makes album with son, joins Fleetwood Mac / Gwenifer Raymond and Amen Dunes are Rising / Jeff Bridges reveals his inner Dude / How To Buy Steve Marriott and his groups / George Clinton’s blows his mind and yours / the rise and fall of Free / when Johnny Marr met David Crosby / a party round Steve Van Zandt’s / Joe Meek’s Blue Men unmasked!