AS BOB DYLAN’S LANDMARK Hyde Park gig looms, MOJO relives the Rolling Thunder Revue, the revolutionary mobile happening that gave him new life, while a mindblowing version of Hattie Carroll from Bob’s new Rolling Thunder box set kicks off MOJO’s latest covermount CD, augmented with simpatico songs by Jeff Tweedy, Margo Price, Courtney Barnett and more. Inside the magazine, an in-depth Scott Walker tribute unveils unpublished interviews with Scott, John and Gary Walker; kd lang settles into the MOJO Interview hot seat; Metallica go back to the Dawn Of Thrash; the true life story of Elton John’s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. Plus: Patti Smith, Amyl & The Sniffers, Lee “Scratch” Perry, The National, Mavis Staples, Vampire Weekend, Neil Young, Childish Gambino, Morrissey, Big Thief, Flexi Discs and X Ray Spex pics!
CONTENTS MOJO 307
COVER STORY: BOB DYLAN Joan Baez, Roger McGuinn, T Bone Burnett and the raggle-taggle survivors of the Rolling Thunder Revue remember one of rock’s most legendary tours, a wild tale of mass harmony and marital breakdown now memorialised on a 14-CD box set. Plus Dylan’s live adventures through the ages – all roads lead to Hyde Park!
COVERMOUNT CD: THE NEW THUNDER REVUE Dylan’s incredible 1975 reinvention of his own The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll kicks off our virtual charabanc of neo-Americana, starring Jeff Tweedy, Margo Price, Courtney Barnett, Will Oldham, Phosphorescent, Jason Isbell, Hurray For The Riff Raff, Drive-By Truckers, Hiss Golden Messenger and more.
SCOTT WALKER Rhymes of goodbye. Ian Harrison plots the odyssey of Noel Scott Engel, with the help of deep unpublished interviews with Scott and his Walker brothers, and new words from key collaborator Peter Walsh: “I would’ve moved heaven and earth for that man.”
METALLICA Laying waste to Kansas City, Metallica take time out from their current epic campaign to revisit thrash metal’s year zero, with help from Slayer, Anthrax and Megadeth.
ELTON JOHN Candle In The Wind composed over breakfast. Telepathic playing. Immortal pop conjured up in the haunted honky chateau… The eyewitnesses on the making of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.
kd lang As modern country’s premium torch singer plots a return to Canada, Sylvie Simmons hears tales of prejudice, Buddhism and stepping “20 feet back” from fame.
LEE ‘SCRATCH’ PERRY A bizarre ride to the far side with reggae’s maddest professor. Prepare for revelations on the M4, and a stern warning for MOJO: “Fuckin’ behave yourself!”
AMYL & THE SNIFFERS Girl’s got rhythm! Australia’s rowdiest exports in years biff the Pacific North-West into submission. Regrow those mullets, the Sharpies are back!
REVIEWED The National / Neil Young / Mavis Staples / Vampire Weekend / Cate Le Bon / Nirvana / Morrissey / Rhiannon Giddens / King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard / Black Mountain / Sebadoh / The Waterboys / Ezra Collective / Mac DeMarco / Endless Boogie / Alice Clark
PLUS Patti Smith’s rock-poetry crossover / Nick Lowe – genius at work / Sharon Van Etten and Childish Gambino take the stage / Big Thief and Modern Nature on the up and up / Kiefer Sutherland’s 24-hour music party / Richard Hawley: The Musical! / X-Ray Spex pix exhumed / Farewell Ranking Roger, Hal Blaine… and more / when Bruce Hornsby was in… The Grateful Dead?