IN THE WAKE OF GET BACK’S revelations, MOJO explores George Harrison’s creative journey in the Beatles and beyond with the help of Paul McCartney and more. Was he right to feel squeezed out? And was revenge sweet? Also in the issue: the late great Ronnie Spector; the wild life of Lemonheads’ Evan Dando; the real Karen Dalton revealed. Plus: Meat Loaf; Kraftwerk; Yard Act; LA punk; Neutral Milk Hotel; Motown in Britain; Tears For Fears; Johnny & Edgar Winter; Ken Boothe; Son House, Aldous Harding; Ornette Coleman; Johnny Marr. And John Otway!
THIS MONTH’S COVERMOUNT CD compiles the best new music around right now, with 15 tracks from Yard Act, Curtis Harding, Anaïs Mitchell, Arooj Aftab, Working Men's Club, Binker & Moses, Imarhan, Billy Strings and more.
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COVER STORY: GEORGE HARRISON Get Back reminded us of his frustrations, and also his genius. Cue: his creative journey, his 30 Greatest Songs, and a never-printed Paul McCartney interview about his quiet pal: “He was a very loyal guy.”
RONNIE SPECTOR A singer like no other. A story to make your hair curl. Tribute is paid to The Ronettes’ sadly departed siren by Brian Wilson, Steven Van Zandt and more.
EVAN DANDO The Lemonheads’ dashing tunesmith reveals how life seems to keep evading his control: “I just recently got off heroin again. Man, that was a bad one.”
YARD ACT How DIY beats and worm’s-eye street poetry lifted Leeds indie hopefuls out of a rut and into the Next Big Thing bracket: “We’re thinking ‘Beastie Boys’.”
KAREN DALTON Nearly 30 years since her death, her unique and magical music is finally being recognised. Friends and peers remember “a person who said, ‘Take it or leave it.’”
TEARS FOR FEARS Synths’n’psychiatry to world domination: how Songs From The Big Chair cracked America and did their heads in. “We felt this incredible, intoxicating whoosh.”
NEUTRAL MILK HOTEL Chaotic shows, singing saws, beautiful records, fervid fan love... Inside the ’90s’ most mysterious band, and their singer’s inexplicable retirement.
LA PUNK The Damned, The Cramps and more: killer shots of the LA punk scene, 1977-1980, from a new book by Slash magazine house photographer, Melanie Nissen.
REVIEWED Aldous Harding / Son House / Johnny Marr / Swamp Dogg / The Weather Station / Ornette Coleman / Midlake / John Mayall / Park Jiha / Judy Collins / Thurston Moore / Destroyer / Irma Thomas / Gonora Sounds / Superchunk / Mattiel / Cypress Hill / Eddie Vedder / Pink Floyd
PLUS Motown in Britain / Meat Loaf expires / Wolfgang Flür’s Kraftwerk memories / Belle & Sebastian in the studio / Johnny Winter, by Edgar / Ken Boothe – the legend! / Alabaster Deplume and Rokia Koné rise / Ram John Holder’s buried Britreggae classic / How To Buy... Ash Ra Tempel / AND: the unsinkable John Otway!