IN HONOUR OF THE RECENTLY departed Michael Nesmith – the cool muso heart of the Monkees – and with the help of an exclusive new Micky Dolenz interview, we celebrate the group once dubbed the Prefab Four and explore the insanity of their ’60s rise and fall. Also this month: Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder unburdens (with a tribute from his pal, Pete Townshend!); Pink Floyd’s Echoes – a masterpiece in depth as Nick Mason takes it back on the road; Al Green’s anthemic Let’s Stay Together at 50; Iggy, Bowie and Lou in Mick Rock’s ultimate photo portfolio. Plus: Dusty Springfield; Anaïs Mitchell; Van Der Graaf Generator; Mal Evans; Robbie Shakespeare; Soft Cell; Janis Ian; Hurray For The Riff Raff; Steeleye Span; Extremely Long Songs... and more!
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COVER STORY: THE MONKEES As the world mourns Michael Nesmith, MOJO celebrates the ’60s phenomenon who transcended prefab pop – and the solo flights of their coolest member. His legacy: country-rock, MTV, that hat and more.
EDDIE VEDDER Pearl Jam’s brooding conscience has his own album to do. Time to talk fathers, fame and his band of brothers: “Through it all, we’ve had each other’s backs.”
PINK FLOYD Fifty years since he helped write the song that lit Floyd’s future path, Nick Mason is taking Echoes on the road. But will Roger Waters join him this time?
AL GREEN When his extremities started glowing, he gave up secular soul success for service to the Lord. But not before he struck gold with Let’s Stay Together.
ANAÏS MITCHELL How a budding Americana artist begat a Broadway smash, and how she refound songwriting in her childhood home: “It’s about meeting the mystery.”
MICK ROCK’S SHOTS Bowie, Lou, Iggy, Lana Del Rey: the late Mick Rock’s eye for attitude mean his photos reek of rock’n’roll. Here’s proof in a selection from a brand new book.
VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR How a “late-’60s soul band, warped by the spirit of Stockhausen” made the acid-gothic-horror of Pawn Hearts, and how unlikely stardom in Italy broke them.
REVIEWED Hurray For The Riff Raff / Big Thief / Spiritualized / Cate Le Bon / Broadcast / Nick Cave & Warren Ellis / True West / Imarhan / Jethro Tull / Andrew Weatherall / Beach House / Mitzki/ Spoon / Black Country, New Road / Modern Studies / Animal Collective / Gregory Isaacs
PLUS The Beatles: the Mal Evans Archive / Inside Interpol’s comeback / How To Buy... Dusty Springfield / Janis Ian signs off, singing / Soft Cell agree to disagree / Boris drone on / Erin Rae and Los Bitchos come out fighting / Farewell, Robbie Shakespeare, Janice Long and Mensi / All back to Richard Jobson’s / Steeleye Span!