AS THEY PREPARE to release the best Who album in decades, Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey kick off in typically explosive, hilariously contradictory interviews. Also back, back, back is our Heavy Nuggets covermount CD franchise: Volume 5 features lashings of facemelting riff action by Hawkwind, Groundhogs, Acid Mothers Temple, The Heads, Fu Manchu, Crushed Butler and more. Inside the issue, we blast off for the insane tale of Hawkwind’s Space Ritual; strap in for folk heroine Judy Collins’ bumpy ride; reopen Metal Box with PiL; and rediscover Gene Clark’s doomed masterpiece, No Other. Plus: The Beatles, Underworld, Neil Young, Big Thief, Kim Gordon, Steve Ignorant, Michael Kiwanuka, Roger Waters’ movie, David Bowie’s letter to Tricky, Motown overload and more.
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COVER STORY: THE WHO Townshend and Daltrey have laid down their cudgels to deliver the best Who album in decades. But don’t imagine the sparks don’t fly in these exclusive MOJO interviews. “Roger *chose not to visit the studio once,” says Pete. “That’s kind of sad.”
COVERMOUNT CD: HEAVY NUGGETS VOL. V The latest in MOJO’S much-loved series of riffmungous connoisseur compilations features Hawkwind, Groundhogs, Acid Mothers Temple, The Heads, Fu Manchu, Crushed Butler and more.
PiL Braving tales of dope and danger, MOJO reopens the Metal Box with the men who sealed it, 40 years ago. “Chemical warfare was going on!” recalls John Lydon.
HAWKWIND As a new album looms, MOJO revisits the insanity of Space Ritual – the tour-cum-album that made their legend. “It was an idealistic thing,” learns Ian Harrison.
JUDY COLLINS In the mid-’50s, her passion for folk music derailed a promising career as a concert pianist. Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen had reason to thank their stars.
UNDERWORLD How rave’s art-rock wing tore each other apart, and how, miraculously, 2019 became their most productive year. It’s been emotional, they tell Andrew Male.
GENE CLARK The fragile founding Byrd had invented folk- and country-rock to little reward. Cue a lush pop makeover – in make-up! – and an ill-starred masterpiece...
BIG THIEF A Christian cult, a controlling father: Adrianne Lenker made her escape from both with the help of her songs, and her band of brothers. Mat Snow reports.
REVIEWED Michael Kiwanuka / Neil Young & Crazy Horse / The Beatles / Foals / Sturgill Simpson / Elbow / Wilco / Swans / Richard Dawson / Angel Olsen / Danny Brown / Vetiver / Prince Fatty / Mark Lanegan / Dinosaur Jr / Jim Sullivan / Mighty Baby / Prefab Sprout / Cabaret Voltaire
PLUS The Roger Waters Movie / David Bowie’s letter to Tricky / bye-bye David Berman / Berry and Smokey celebrate Motown at 60 / Steve Ignorant’s wisdom / How To Buy… Desert Blues / a weird photo of Kim Gordon / the Lynyrd Skynyrd tragedy / “the Morrissey of country music” / Sean O’Hagan does but Microdisney