THIS MONTH IN MOJO MAGAZINE: AN EXCLUSIVE AUDIENCE with Patti Smith, as the warrior poet of rock’n’roll takes to the stage once more. We celebrate the Beach Boys on the 60th Anniversary of their signing to Capitol, relive their momentous 1962 and catch up with them all in 2022. New York Dolls’ David Johansen steps back onto the grimy streets that birthed his revolutionary band. Superstar sideman Jim Keltner on madness with Cocker and crying with Dylan. Plus: Manfred Mann; Simple Minds; Rolling Stones; Working Men’s Club; Ladysmith Black Mambazo; Christine McVie; Vangelis; Robyn Hitchcock and Neil Young’s Toast.
THIS MONTH’S COVERMOUNT CD is Break It Up! 14 exciting tracks from our cover star’s New York art rock milieu. Patti Smith, Moondog, Richard Hell, Jon Spencer, Sonic Youth and more! NB. CD not available on newsstand copies outside of the UK.
MOJO 345 CONTENTS
COVER STORY: PATTI SMITH Between visits to UK stages, the peerless punk poet on what keeps her going – and the relics and talismans that replenish her powers. Plus: Lenny Kaye on the Patti Smith Group, then and now...
THE BEACH BOYS Sixty years since their first hit single and album, the band reflect on their early years. Plus: 1962 – a deep dive via David Leaf’s freshly reduxed band biog.
NEW YORK DOLLS Retracing their stack-heeled steps in ’70s New York, David Johansen tells all to Jon Savage: “We were great friends with Lynyrd Skynyrd, believe it or not.”
JIM KELTNER Stoking vibes for Bob Dylan, John Lennon and hundreds more, he’s the sensitive sideman with all the stories. “I’ve always been a crier,” he tells Bob Mehr.
SIMPLE MINDS Forty years since they made the album that changed their lives, the Scots return to New Gold Dream. Dracula, magic mushrooms and the Ku Klux Klan all figure.
MANFRED MANN Eyewitnesses recall how ’60s R&B ascendancy, and a US Number 1, turned suddenly sour. Paul Jones: “I said, ‘I’m going.’ They said, ‘We’ll sue you.’”
WORKING MEN’S CLUB Cabaret Voltaire, ’80s Manchester and Detroit techno combine in the Sleaford Mods-approved angst-pop of Syd Minsky-Sargeant: “a young Paul Weller,” they reckon.
LADYSMITH BLACK MAMBAZO Though founder Joseph Shabalala has passed, the legendary South African vocal group remain men on a mission: “People need to be encouraged and inspired.”
REVIEWED Neil Young / Jack White / Kendrick Lamar / Nick Cave / Christine McVie / XTC / Regina Spektor / Orbital / Damian Jurado / George Michael / Ty Segall / Twink / Perfume Genius / Nina Nastasia / Interpol / ZZ Top / Gwenno / Paolo Nutini / Black Midi / Laura Veirs / Tedeschi Trucks Band / Frank Zappa
PLUS Norman Seeff’s Rolling Stones portfolio / Bowie footage motherlode! / Steve Earle’s inner Chet Baker / How To Buy... Ravi Shankar / Robyn Hitchcock’s all-star elpee / Digital Audio Restoration: bringing records back from the dead / Fantastic Negrito and Katy J Pearson are Rising / Farewell Vangelis, Judy Henske, Ricky Gardiner, Cathal Coughlan, Bob Neuwirth, Alan White, Ronnie Hawkins and Andy Fletcher