LIAM GALLAGHER’S ROLLERCOASTER RIDE from Oasis hero to label-less zero to solo vindication has been unpredictable, exhilarating, occasionally unedifying. What’s he learned? “I’ve been good to rock’n’roll,” he tells MOJO. Also in the issue: a seasonal CD of winter music to warm the cockles or thrill with chills, starring Fleet Foxes, Sam Lee, Galaxie 500, Blind Willie McTell and more. Play it while reading the story of Johnny Cash’s rebirth behind cold prison walls; Ronnie Wood’s return from oblivion; the sunshine and shadows of Cass Elliott’s California dream. Plus: The Undertones, Throwing Muses, Holland-Dozier-Holland, Paul Weller’s new moves, Zappa’s Hot Rats, The Cure, Dave Clark, Gang Starr, Sleater-Kinney and the latest on Peter Jackson’s Let It Be doc.
CONTENTS MOJO 315
LIAM GALLAGHER The voice of Oasis, turned lost soul, turned solo superstar and resurgent rebel: meet the man who rates himself with Elvis and thinks summer is for “c***s”. “I’ve been good to rock’n’roll,” he tells Keith Cameron.
COVERMOUNT CD: WHITE WINTER HYMNALS A seasonal CD of winter music to warm the cockles or thrill with chills, starring Fleet Foxes, Sam Lee, Galaxie 500, Blind Willie McTell and more.
JOHNNY CASH Clang! The Man In Black’s prison albums were high-risk gambits that exemplified his compassion for the underdog – but they would have a tragic epilogue.
RONNIE WOOD The Rolling Stones’ eternal good-time charlie on teaching Chuck Berry his own licks, making albums on angel dust and what happens when the fun has to stop.
BRIAN & EDDIE HOLLAND Stop! Now read two-thirds of Motown’s Holland-Dozier-Holland hit machine on dating Diana, where the money went and why Levi Stubbs was always cross with them.
THROWING MUSES Battling music biz misogyny, mental meltdowns and misdiagnosis, US indie’s international treasures endure, and miraculously they’ve “never been happier”.
CASS ELLIOTT She was Gertrude Stein to the Age Of Aquarius, but here’s how Charles Manson, heroin and heartbreak stilled the sunny soul of the Mamas & The Papas.
THE UNDERTONES How Ulster punks with hearts of pop cracked it with Teenage Kicks, and why it meant the purchase of multiple new pairs of pyjamas. Feargal speaks!
SAM LEE Pagan frolics, Cocteaus patronage, stew with Shirley Collins – all in a night’s work for the burlesque-dancing new torchbearer of British folk music.
REVIEWED Drive-By-Truckers / Bonny Light Horseman / Stormzy / John Fogerty / Wire / Field Music / Peter Broderick / Graham Coxon / Bill Fay / Frank Zappa / Dukes Of Stratosphear / Throbbing Gristle / Tubby Hayes / The Prefects / Ut / King Crimson
PLUS 2020 Music Preview, starring Paul Weller, The Beatles, The Cure, Shane MacGowan, Black Country New Road and more… / Dave Clark vs Allen Klein / Aldous Harding’s Self Portrait / Kevin Ayers: prog pop pinup / How To Buy… Paul McCartney / The fate of Gang Starr Gurus’s Ashes