EXCLUSIVE! FORMER OASIS frontman Liam Gallagher looks back on 50 years of mayhem in his first in-depth interview about his surprising new solo album and upcoming megashows, plus: math rock, scotch eggs and Frankie Dettori’s arse. Also this month: the Grateful Dead and friends remember their pivotal 1972; Pistols on the box – Steve Jones and Danny Boyle reveal all; Magazine – post-rock’s unsung heroes; Sting in the MOJO Interview. And: Labelle; Mighty Baby; Sharon Van Etten; Gil Scott-Heron; Elizabeth Fraser; Nick Cave; Neil Young; Arcade Fire; Ava Cherry; Taylor Hawkins... and Record Store Day.
THIS MONTH’S COVERMOUNT CD is Grateful Dead: From The Bay To The Pool, Live 1971–1978. A must-hear curation of classic and rare tracks to delight Deadheads and non-believers alike. Wharf Rat, Truckin’, Casey Jones and more!
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COVER STORY: LIAM GALLAGHER In 1996, he played two Knebworths with brother Noel; in 2022, he sells out two on his own. Time to drink Guinness, get Buddhist, deliver priceless anecdotes and celebrate one of the all-time great comebacks.
GRATEFUL DEAD When America’s Freaks-in-Chief toured Europe in 1972, they were a drummer short and one founder member ailing. But their legendary shows transcended all.
STING The Police man on roots, relevance, parents and psychedelics. Oh, and being mistaken for Billy Idol. “Fame is a two way street,” he tells Dorian Lynskey.
MIGHTY BABY When Mod groovers The Action became jazz-rock jam band Mighty Baby, it was the spur for more profound transformations still. Just ask Richard Thompson.
SHARON VAN ETTEN Once she turned bad relationships into great songs; how will she cope now she’s (mostly) happy? “I’m trying to exorcise the demons all the time...”
MAGAZINE Underrated, self-sabotaged, Howard Devoto’s cinematic post-punkers shoulda been contenders. A rare audience with ‘The Most Important Man Alive’ and cohorts.
LABELLE In 1974, three young black women went to New Orleans and came back with a mould-breaking “womanifesto”: Nightbirds. “We filtered the zeitgeist through us.”
REVIEWED Neil Young / Arcade Fire / Mick Head / Norma Tanega / The Black Keys / Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever / Oumou Sangaré / Dennis Bovell / King Gizzard / Willie Nelson / Belle & Sebastian / Kevin Morby / Warpaint / Bonnie Raitt / Jon Spencer / T. Rex / Yabby You / Charles Mingus
PLUS Sex Pistols’ TV drama unveiled / new doc delves inside Nick Cave’s process / Record Store Day’s forbidden fruit / Caroline and Leyla McCalla rise up / Cocteau Twin Elizabeth Fraser returns / How To Buy... Gil Scott-Heron / 1968: Paris Rocks! / Four Tops’ Duke Fakir / Green Gartside / Swami John Reis / Farewell Taylor Hawkins and Timmy Thomas