MOJO 336 – November 2021: The Beatles

New MOJO magazine features the definitive take on The Beatles’ Let It Be and new Get Back films. Plus topnotch Beatles covers CD, Charlie Watts, Genesis and more.


by MOJO Staff |
MOJO 336 cover, featuring The Beatles in January, 1969.

PAUL McCARTNEY, PETER JACKSON, Glyn Johns and Michael Lindsay-Hogg deliver the truth behind the legend of the Beatles’ notorious January 1969. Includes: the inside track on Jackson’s upcoming Get Back films and new angles on the Fabs’ Let It Be LP. Also this month: Charlie Watts – an in-depth tribute; Genesis – the comeback!; Patti Smith by Lenny Kaye; the secrets of The Meters’ voodoo funk; Screamadelica at 30. Plus: Tori Amos; Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry; Steve Van Zandt; Endless Boogie; Joni Mitchell; Don Everly; Johnny Marr; Roger Taylor; Shane MacGowan; The War On Drugs; Shel Talmy; and everything you always wanted to know about Ethiopian pop but were afraid to ask.

THIS MONTH’S COVERMOUNT CD is Fab Gear: 15 hand-selected Beatles covers by artists including The Black Keys, Swamp Dogg, Jim James, Judy Collins, Richard Thompson, James Booker, Bettye Lavette, The 13th Floor Elevators and more!

PLUS: BEATLES ART PRINT! Purchasers of our bagged newsstand edition also get a posh art print, featuring a rare shot of the band at their Apple headquarters, recording Let It Be.

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CONTENTS MOJO 336

COVER STORY: THE BEATLES How the upcoming Get Back films, and a brand new audio package, will make you rethink Let It Be, the album and its context. With Paul McCartney, Peter Jackson, Glyn Johns, Michael Lindsay-Hogg and more.

CHARLIE WATTS R.I.P. In-depth tribute to the eternal gentleman who made the Stones roll. Plus: an intimate encounter and an exploration of Charlie’s greatest beats.

GENESIS Exclusive interviews with Mike, Tony and Phil. How they survived Peter Gabriel’s exit to become stadium stars. Why their latest tour is likely their last.

TORI AMOS From piano prodigy to subversive star to cultdom in Cornwall, she’s gone her own way: “Just because you can fill a slot, doesn’t mean that you should...”

THE METERS The New Orleans funk pioneers thrived on telepathy and fell out over business. Now lost music from their midst is a reminder of their bewitching genius.

PATTI SMITH Her irresistible rise, punk rock, Dylan and Hendrix, by bandmate Lenny Kaye. An extract from his new book about rock’s most incandescent flashpoints.

PRIMAL SCREAM Thirty years on, how Screamadelica got on one, turned ‘indie’ upside down... but exacted a high price. “It goes to show just how fragile we all are.”

ENDLESS BOOGIE The rock riff as atavistic prayer, as mastered by an über-record junkie and his pals. “It’s crude,” they tell David Fricke, “and very difficult to do.”

REVIEWED The War On Drugs / Joni Mitchell / My Morning Jacket / Circuit Des Yeux / Bob Dylan / Parquet Courts / Hawkwind / Nancy Sinatra / Howlin Rain / Brandi Carlile / Grateful Dead / Elvis Costello / Small Faces / Clinic / Billy Bragg / Shannon Lay / The Charlatans / Neil Young / Shane MacGowan / The Velvet Underground

PLUS Bye Bye Don Everly, Lee Scratch Perry, Nancy Griffith... / Stevie Van Zandt on why his new memoir is “like a detective novel” / Johnny Marr’s double album looms / Hand Habits and BadBadNotGood are on the rise / A catch-up with Queen’s Roger Taylor / In the studio with Big Thief / ’60s production legend Shel Talmy looks back, and forward / The Bug buzzes on Never Mind The Bollocks...

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