IS IT 300 ALREADY? MOJO celebrates its 25-year existence with an All-Legends issue. A collectable all-white cover with embossed logo marks 50 years of THE BEATLES’ White Album, whose upcoming reissue, enhanced with outtakes and the legendary Kinfauns demos, is explored in an exclusive in-depth feature. Our BEST EVER CD, The MOJO Anthology, delivers exclusive tracks from our favourite stars, from Beck, U2 and Arctic Monkeys to Robert Wyatt, St. Vincent, Paul Weller and Nick Cave. There are revealing interviews with Elvis Costello, Jack White and Paul Simon. Jimmy Page hymns Bo Diddley. Aretha Franklin ascends to her throne. An unpublished Frank Zappa interview enthrals. Krist Novoselic remembers the dawn of Nirvana. Ray Davies, The Edge, Ron Wood, Ian Gillan, Damon Albarn, John Fogerty, Neneh Cherry, Paul Simonon, Aimee Mann and Cypress Hill drop by to share cake and champagne. Plus! Bowie, Blondie The Beach Boys, Fleet Foxes, Youssou N’Dour, Garcia Peoples and… Hair!
CONTENTS MOJO 299
THE BEATLES Double trouble? White mischief? Or a post-Indian Summer of Fabdom? A ‘White Album’ redux with unreleased demos and outtakes proves too much of a good thing can be wonderful.
ARETHA FRANKLIN An insightful tribute to the Queen Of Soul – her transcendent voice, peerless records and complex emotional back-story.
JACK WHITE His story through the prism of his four MOJO covers, plus: a moving revelation. “I had to reinvent my life,” he tells Andrew Male.
FRANK ZAPPA Twenty-five years since his death, a remarkable unpublished interview reveals rock’s contrarian brainiac at his combative best.
ELVIS COSTELLO Post cancer scare, The Man returns with faithful Imposters in tow. Tom Doyle finds out what’s mellowed “Mr Angry”, and hasn’t.
NIRVANA Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the grunge icons as a recording act, Krist Novoselic and co relive the excitement of Love Buzz.
BLONDIE’S NEW YORK Chris Stein presents a portfolio of photographs from the dawn of Gotham punk: Debbie Harry, Iggy Pop, burnt-out cars and more!
REVIEWED David Bowie / Cypress Hill / John Lennon / Amber Arcades / John Grant / Sex Pistols / Fleet Foxes / Bob Dylan / Willie Nelson / XTC / Matthew Dear / Billy F Gibbons / Bitchin Bajas / Youssou N’Dour / Phosphorescent / Primal Scream / David Crosby / Cedric Burnside / Julia Holter / Rod Stewart / Yoko Ono
PLUS Jimmy Page on Bo Diddley / Paul Simon on live retirement and after / All back to Ron Wood’s, Ray Davies’s and Roger McGuinn’s / The World’s Greatest Record Shop: the search begins! / John Fogerty’s life lessons / Damon Albarn and Paul Simonon preview a new The Good, The Bad & The Queen album / Back to MOJO #1 with The Edge, Wilko Johnson, Ricky Lee Jones, Bill Kirchen, Aimee Mann, Juliana Hatfield, Greg Dulli, Liz Phair, Mickey Jupp and The Spin Doctors / Ian Gillan remembers his mad year in Black Sabbath (just about) / How To Buy The Beach Boys / Hello, Garcia Peoples / Farewell, Lindsay Kemp and Conway Savage / The dawn of Hair!
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