THIS MONTH, MOJO SWITCHES THINGS UP, appointing someone to the staff who really knows their music. Rolling Stones Riffmaster and closet polymath Keith Richards dons the Editor’s ceremonial visor to pour his knowledge and spirit all over the magazine, commissioning pieces on Muddy Waters, Norah Jones, Peter Tosh, The Neville Brothers and more, before submitting to a revealing in-depth interview. A 15-track CD of tracks from the world of Keith features Dion, Funkadelic, Gregory Isaacs, Jimmy Reed and The Maytals. Also in the issue: Madchester, Tina Weymouth, The Who, Dexys, Jenny Lewis, Butthole Surfers, Glam Nuggets, a secret history of mispressings and Blondie Chaplin. “Let me say, it’s been a real privilege to be MOJO’s Guest Editor,” reflects Richards in his introduction to the issue. “But I seem to have left the office in an awful mess…”
CONTENTS MOJO 305
KEITH RICHARDS Move over Ben Bradlee, MOJO’s Guest Editor has some wisdom to impart. Plus: Steve Van Zandt and Julien Temple on the tao of Keith.
CD COVERMOUNT: MEMORY MOTEL 15 tracks vibrating at a Keith frequency, by artists including Dion, Funkadelic, Gregory Isaacs, Jimmy Reed and The Maytals.
MADCHESTER A 30th Anniversary celebration of the year dance music and indie rock fused – via Happy Mondays, the Stone Roses and friends – and changed Britain forever.
MUDDY WATERS How a man in his forties from Stovell, Mississippi switched pop music on. “When I first heard Muddy, everything else became lightweight,” says MOJO’s Guest Ed.
NORAH JONES Keith Richards’ favourite duettist on musical path-finding and surviving super-fame: “I’m like anyone. I have stress. But I learned to play through that.”
PETER TOSH The intense life, tragic death and dissident music of the Wailers hero. “There was a deep character,” says his one-time landlord, Mr. K. Richards. “Prickly.”
JENNY LEWIS The iconic former Rilo Kiley singer and fight fan exorcises her ghosts while busting classic LA pop-rock moves with her pal Ringo Starr.
DEXYS MIDNIGHT RUNNERS “Bloody hell, that singer’s worked up”: eyewitness accounts of the rise of Kevin Rowland’s rocking soul crew, from the mean streets of Smethwick, to the world.
REVIEWED Robert Forster / Foals / Ray Charles / Paul Weller / Lambchop / Bruce Springsteen / White Denim / The Comet Is Coming / Steve Earle / Curtis Mayfield / David Sylvian / Stephen Malkmus / Ty Segall / Meat Puppets / Marc Bolan / Strand Of Oaks / The Cinematic Orchestra / Jim Jones / Wayne Shorter/ Matmos / James Holden / Townes Van Zandt / Glam nuggets
PLUS Keith Richards curates How To Buy… The Neville Brothers, a Bobby Keys Buried Treasure, and more / behind The Who’s big gig and LP news / Patti Smith litt.s off / Underworld are up to something / Rhiannon Giddens brings Iran to Appalachia / Tina Weymouth drops some funky bombshells / Weyes Blood comes through / Blondie Chaplin loves and leaves the Beach Boys / Karen O confesses to a Queensrÿche cassingle / Ratso Sloman: on the record at last / Butthole Surfers in lurid colour / goodbye Reggie Young, Ted McKenna, Lorna Doom / a secret history of mispressings / all back to David Duchovny’s!