MERGING FUNK AND ROCK in his fecund final year, Jimi Hendrix was on a journey to “the stratosphere” when fate cut him down. Fifty years on, friends and bandmates tell all to MOJO, while our covermount Heavy Soul Vol 2. CD traces Jimi’s impact through Funkadelic, Betty Davis, Ike & Tina Turner, Shuggie Otis, Love and more. Also in this issue: Ian Dury, 20 years gone; Dire Straits remember Brothers In Arms; Bauhaus return to haunt… themselves? Plus: Neil Peart, Nadia Reid, Rod Stewart, Rufus Wainwright, Frazey Ford, Joe Brown, Terry Allen, Karen Dalton, Harmonia, Peter Buck on Miles Davis, Khruangbin in the studio and oodles more.
MOJO 317 CONTENTS
JIMI HENDRIX The Guitar God’s 1970 began with a bang, but, tragically, he wouldn’t see Christmas. Billy Cox, Juma Sultan, Eddie Kramer and more remember where he was and where he was going: “The universe was open for him.”
COVERMOUNT CD: Heavy Soul Vol.2. Psych funk and black rock with a touch of Hendrix by Funkadelic, Betty Davis, Ike & Tina Turner, Shuggie Otis, Love and more.
IAN DURY The ’70s’ unlikeliest pop star was also one of rock’s all-time most original writers and performers. Twenty years since his departure, MOJO salutes him.
BAUHAUS It’s “Spinal Tap on steroids” as the godfathers of goth rock lift their coffin lids. But will their afterlife survive to fulfil their 2020 tour dates?
FRAZEY FORD The ex-Be Good Tanya draws poignant country-soul from the fallout of a wild childhood and adolescent trauma. “It’s cliché,” she says, “but music saved my life.”
DIRE STRAITS Eyewitnesses recall the creation, impact and aftermath of Brothers In Arms – the album that invented CD – and how butane, and tennis with Sting, played a part.
JOE BROWN The pioneering rock’n’roller – provider of licks to Eddie Cochran and ukulele to George Harrison – is going stronger than ever. Jim Irvin pays a visit.
RUFUS WAINWRIGHT Back at the pop coalface after bittersweet nights at the opera, a craftsman unveils his songwriting heroes: Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, and his mum Kate.
TERRY ALLEN The Texan singer-songwriter’s Texan singer-songwriter is also a respected visual artist and first-rate raconteur, adored by David Byrne and Kurt Vile.
REVIEWED Nadia Reid / Tamikrest / Baxter Dury / Karen Dalton / Stephen Malkmus / Shabaka And The Ancestors / Maria McKee / Jonathan Wilson / U.S. Girls / Early James / The Staple Singers / The Cure / Morrissey / Bruce Springsteen / Guided By Voices / Julian Cope / Honey Harper / Rustin Man / King Krule / Michael Kiwanuka in L.A. / Sun O))) in Rome / Grant Green
PLUS Farewell to Rush’s Neil Peart / In the studio with Khruangbin / Rebuilding Crowded House / Swamp Dogg’s sensitive side / Guido Harari’s greatest pics / Geldof by Geldof / Moses Boyd’s jazz odyssey / How To Buy Rod Stewart / When James Brown went country / Achtung, Harmonia! / All back to Pat Metheny’s…