TEN YEARS SINCE 22 Dreams opened a whole new sonic chapter, Paul Weller goes folk without losing a jot of attitude or attack. Revel in our in-depth exclusive and our covermount CD of Reggae Nuggets, celebrating 50 years of Trojan, the label that took reggae to the world. Features tracks by Lee “Scratch” Perry, Dennis Brown, Ken Boothe, Alton Ellis and more! Also in the issue: The Revolution remember Prince, the boss from hell with God-given talent; The War On Drugs scale the heights; the Mahavishnu and Miles man John McLaughlin relives the Fusion Wars; The Cure and David Byrne renew themselves; Kinks reunion latest; the strange tales of country legend Blaze Foley and VU ice queen Nico. Plus! Danny Kirwan, Swamp Dogg, Edwyn Collins, Seymour Stein, White Denim, Snail Mail, Sylvain Sylvain, the “Bad” Woodstock and more!
CONTENTS MOJO 298
COVER STORY: PAUL WELLER Celebrating King Mod at 60, unplugged but unbowed, with input from key allies. On the menu: class, culture, Val Doonican and more.
COVERMOUNT CD: REGGAE NUGGETS 15 tracks celebrating 50 years of Trojan, the label that took reggae to the world. Features Lee “Scratch” Perry, Dennis Brown, Ken Boothe, Alton Ellis and more!
PRINCE His crazy, creative zenith, 1982-1986, by his iconic band, The Revolution. Plus: behind the first full release from The Vault.
JOHN McLAUGHLIN How he remade guitar playing with Miles Davis and Mahavisnhu, found inner peace, but kind of bungled that jam with Jimi.
TROJAN RECORDS The label that first took Jamaican music to the world is 50. Lee “Scratch” Perry, Chris Blackwell and Don Letts kick off the party.
THE WAR ON DRUGS Against the odds, Adam Granduciel’s heartland shoegaze rock can now pack out London’s O2 Arena. Can he please now stop worrying?
BLAZE FOLEY With an Ethan Hawke biopic imminent, it’s time to discover Townes Van Zandt’s even more messed-up pal, his heartbreaking songs and story.
NICO Thirty years since her untimely death, we revisit the ice maiden of art-pop’s bizarre last years, in a new look MOJO Eyewitness feature.
REVIEWED The Cure and David Byrne live / White Denim / Teenage Fanclub / Interpol / Anna Calvi / Glenn Jones / Kelley Stoltz / Mitski / Oh Sees Idles / Neil & Liam Finn / The Wrecking Crew / Jim O’Rourke / The Animals
PLUS Farewell, Fleetwood Mac’s Danny Kirwan / can Swamp Dogg redeem Autotune? / Snail Mail’s vague catharses / Seymour Stein’s showbiz secrets / Kinks reunion latest / How To Buy The Allman Brothers Band / the “Bad Woodstock” / Amy Winehouse on a horse