MOJO 308 – July 2019: Queen

MOJO 308 stars Queen, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Mavis Staples, OMD, a fabulous King Crimson CD and more.


BIGGER THAN EVER after the triumph of their Bohemian Rhapsody movie, Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor revisit their musical milestones and strange mix of influences (Led Zeppelin and The Temperance Seven?) in an in-depth cover feature. Our covermount CD is another exclusive – King Crimson collaborate on a career-celebrating 50th Anniversary collection – while inside KC frontman Robert Fripp submits to a rare grilling. Also, don’t miss the full story of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s stellar 1969; The Flaming Lips revisit The Soft Bulletin, 20 years on; Bill Callahan comes out of his shell; Floyd’s Roger Waters and Nick Mason share a stage; OMD find art into pop will go; Mavis Staples graces the MOJO Interview. Plus: Cybotron, Santana, Ronnie Lane, The Raconteurs, Half Man Half Biscuit, Chuck D, The Rutles’ Barry Wom and more!



COVER STORY: QUEEN Exclusive! Brian May and Roger Taylor, still processing the success of their Bohemian Rhapsody biopic, re-examine the group’s musical watersheds. Plus Queen’s Greatest Misses, MOJO’s Rock Biopic Hall Of Fame, Foo Fighters pay tribute, and more!

CD: KING CRIMSON: A MOJO ANTHOLOGY Exclusive 15-track collection co-curated with Robert Fripp. Includes a rare radio edit of 21st Century Schizoid Man, plus extraordinary live and alternate versions of songs from many phases of the band.

KING CRIMSON As Robert Fripp’s art/prog institution hits 50, the guitarist invites MOJO to explore his art and soul. “I was nearly a vicar!” he tells Ben Thompson.

CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL CCR forget their spats to relive 1969, the zenith of their chooglin’ country-folk-R&B ascendancy, but also 12 manic months that sowed the seeds of doom…

OMD From electro-hippies to imperial hit-makers, the Wirral synth duo’s adventures in modernism. Cash, cocaine, compressors, capacitors – the works!

BILL CALLAHAN Mr Smog, the enigmatic Laughing Leonard of American indie rock, takes MOJO on a tramp in the Texan scrub, where much is revealed about life, love… and Lou Reed.

MAVIS STAPLES The rich tones of the empress of gospel-soul have soundtracked America’s social revolution, and its reversal. And at 80, she’s pulling no punches.

THE FLAMING LIPS Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Oklahoma nu-psych freaks’ epochal LP, *The Soft Bulletin, with its survivors: “It was like walking a maze in the dark.”

REVIEWED The Raconteurs / Santana / Kate Tempest / Ronnie Lane / Hot Chip / Rickie Lee Jones / Flying Lotus / Tenderlonius / Bob Dylan / Black Pumas / Richard Hawley / Jonathan Richman / Sigur Rós / Traffic / Pete Seeger / The Divine Comedy / Peter Perrett / Neil Young / Mattiel / Nils Lofgren / Dylan LeBlanc / Billy Childish / Primal Scream

PLUS Floyds Reunited! Roger and Nick set the controls / Richard Curtis imagines a world without The Beatles / Bobby Gillespie bares his soul / Chuck D: MOJO junkie / Rory Gallagher’s cabinet (well, attic) of curiosities / black midi and Jake Xerxes Fussell are Rising / The Good The Bad & The Queen and Cybotron take the stage / Half Man Half Biscuit albums ranked / and finally… The Rutles’ bitter end