MOJO 301 – December 2018: Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin: 50th Anniversary Splurge with Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones. Plus Dylan, Kinks, Queen, Kurt Kile and magical folk and blues guitar CD.


FIFTY YEARS SINCE their inception, Led Zeppelin’s surviving members relive the highs and lows of reinventing rock. Their extraordinary imperial ’70s, the terrible loss of John Bonham, the O2 triumph and much more in all-new interviews. Meanwhile, inspired by the band’s graceful acoustic interludes, our covermount CD – entitled Black Water Sides – draws together atmospheric folk and blues guitar studies from the ’70s till now, featuring Bert Jansch, Ryley Walker, Roy Harper, Jack Rose, Steve Gunn, Michael Chapman and more. Also in the issue: Ray and Dave Davies renew their membership of The Village Green Preservation Society; new revelations from Bob Dylan’s Blood On The Tracks sessions; Kurt Vile reconfigures indie rock; Brian May on the controversial new Queen movie; Damon Albarn and Paul Simonon reboot The Good, The Bad & The Queen; Bauhaus, Idles, The Beastie Boys, Soft Cell, and powerful posthumous transmissions from Charles Bradley, Richard Swift, Chas Hodges, Otis Rush and Marty Balin. And more.



LED ZEPPELIN Fifty years young, LZ treat MOJO to all-new interviews and unpublished pics. Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones on the highs, the lows, the legacy, the jardinière – all this and Jason Bonham on his dad, the O2, and the aftermath.

COVERMOUNT CD: BLACK WATER SIDES Inspired by Led Zeppelin’s acoustic interludes, we select fifteen tracks of atmospheric folk and blues guitar from the ’70s till now, featuring Bert Jansch, Ryley Walker, Roy Harper, Jack Rose, Steve Gunn, Michael Chapman and more.

BOB DYLAN What did Norman Raeben teach the Bard of Hibbing and how did it turn into Blood On The Tracks? Michael Simmons investigates.

KURT VILE On the job with the rambling poet of US indie rock who makes everyone feel they’d rather be in Philadelphia.

THE KINKS Step inside one of English pop’s great masterpieces, with the men who made it. But don’t mention Britpop, alright?

LAMONT DOZIER How sneaky nights at the “No-Tell Motel” fuelled the Motown songmaster’s best ideas, before Berry Gordy turned the heat up too high.

THE HOUSE OF LOVE They were ’80s indie’s great hopes, until the madness. But there was an upside: “Stadium success would have killed us all.”

REVIEWED The Good, The Bad & The Queen / Richard Swift / The Beatles / Chic / Marianne Faithfull / Charles Bradley / Small Faces / R.E.M. / Bill Ryder-Jones / Mark Knopfler / Vaudou Game / Mott The Hoople / The Skiffle Players / J Mascis / Black Uhuru / Zapp / Maisha / Thom Yorke / Fleet Foxes / Soft Cell / The Go-Betweens / Spiritualized / Beastie Boys

PLUS That Queen movie: fact and fiction with Brian May / Bauhaus crawl from the grave / It’s all happening for Idles and Sarathy Korwar / Ty Segall relishes the apocalypse / In the studio with Joan Shelley / The Prodigy’s Liam Howlett says EDM is “bollocks” / What it’s like to be a Sleaford Mod / How To Buy… Stereolab / Fond farewells to Marty Balin, Chas Hodges, Otis Rush and Charles Aznavour / And… Matt Deighton’s weird 15 minutes in Oasis.