THIS MONTH’S MOJO MAGAZINE bursts with big names. David Bowie’s friends and bandmates – plus the elusive Tony Defries – relive the beauty and daring of Hunky Dory on the occasion of its 50th birthday. Only 30 but no less potent, we revisit Nirvana’s Nevermind with Krist Novoselic, Butch Vig and more. Jimi Hendrix’s lost Joni Mitchell tape is uncovered. Bruce Springsteen’s glory days are exposed. We explore the tenacity of The Hollies, the tragedy of Bill Evans, and Jeff Wayne’s indestructible War Of The Worlds. Plus: Elvis Costello en espagnol; Manic Street Preachers’ Nicky Wire says sorry. And: The Beach Boys; Blackbeard; David Wiffen; Kevin Coyne; George Harrison; Prince; Villagers. Then it’s all back to Jakob Dylan’s!
THIS MONTH’S COVERMOUNT CD explores the chamber pop legacy of Hunky Dory, with tracks by Plush, Cardinal, Richard Swift, John Grant, St Vincent, Father John Misty, Mike Garson and more!
CONTENTS MOJO 334
COVER STORY: DAVID BOWIE The colourful cast of David Bowie’s 1971 reconvene – Wakeman, Woodmansey, Underwood, Dana Gillespie and Tony Defries – to fathom the miraculous career-reviving coup that was Hunky Dory. “My God! This could actually be huge!”
NIRVANA Thirty years since its release, Nevermind’s revolutionary impact is ancient history. But as its makers attest, its songs still weave a magic spell.
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN Close-up views of the Boss (and his bum) from the lip of the stage, 1974 to 2016, many unseen, through the lens of Cleveland’s Janet Macoska.
BILL EVANS How a suburban New Jersey-ite inspired Miles, discovered the “noir life” and became the sad genius behind jazz’s most beautiful records.
THE HOLLIES In 1966, the Manc Beatles discovered songwriting. Cue splits, but also survival against the odds: “It’s a tough one why we aren’t more acclaimed.”
MANIC STREET PREACHERS How Manics bassist Nicky Wire wanted to be an ambassador, then became the worst diplomat in rock. “There was no kinship with any other band.”
FAYE WEBSTER From Atlanta, a new Southern stew of R&B, country, folk and pop, stirred by a 23-year-old prodigy with pro yo-yo skills and a “fuck-it mentality”.
WAR OF THE WORLDS How The Album That Ate The ’70s began with a Lego ad, how Slim Chunder played his part, and how its current incarnation is bittersweet for some.
REVIEWED The Beach Boys / Villagers / Prince / Nathan Salsburg / George Harrison / Los Lobos / Lewis Taylor / Rodney Crowell / John McLaughlin / Dot Allison / Mose Allison / Jackson Browne / Son Volt / Willy Mason / Scritti Politti
PLUS Jimi Hendrix’s legendary Joni tape unearthed / Elvis Costello presents... This Year’s Model, in Spanish! / W.H. Lung and The Shadracks are rising / Amorphous Androgynous on Weller, Noel and humility / The return of David Wiffen / How To Buy... Kevin Coyne / Adieu, Jon Hassell and Ellen McIlwaine / All Back To Jakob Dylan’s!