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MOJO February 2020

Launched in 1993, MOJO celebrates the stories of music's all-time greats. It does this through expertly written, insightful features and exclusive, in-depth interviews. MOJO also finds and recommends new music of quality and integrity, so if you want to read about the classics of now and tomorrow, it is definitely the music magazine for you. As founding editor Paul Du Noyer put it, MOJO has ""the sensibilities of a fanzine and the design values of Vogue."" It's lovingly put together every month by music fanatics with huge knowledge, who share your passion. And because they have unrivalled contacts in the music industry, they bring you the kind of access, news and expertise you won't find anywhere else.

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United Kingdom
Langue:
English
Éditeur:
H BAUER PUBLISHING LIMITED
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Monthly
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this month's contributors include...

Jude Rogers Welsh-woman Jude’s been having brilliant adventures in music journalism since 2003: Chrissie Hynde painted her portrait, Lady Gaga danced on her lap, Robert Plant made her tea in Nashville, and this month she treks to Lewes’s pagan Bonfire Night celebrations with folk’s new torch-carrier, Sam Lee (see p52). Keith Cameron In 1995, MOJO’s Contributing Editor Keith interviewed Liam Gallagher and Bonehead, the self-styled “Morecambe & Wise” of Oasis. For this month’s cover story (see p74) he spoke to them again as Liam embarks upon the latest chapter of an incredible musical adventure. “Older, even a bit wiser,” Keith says. “But still rock’n’roll stars.” Tom Sheehan Leaving CBS Records 41 years ago to pursue the freelance life, Sheehan spent over two decades as chief photographer at Melody Maker. He has contributed to MOJO for…

7 min.
white winter hymnals

A GOOD WINTER SONG ISN’T JUST FOR CHRISTMAS. WHILE most of the music we associate with the coldest months fixates on the festive season, there remains – especially in the British folk canon – a wealth of songs that tell of brutal climes and welcoming hearths unadorned by holly and ivy; of emotional states illuminated by the frostiest of metaphors. Pull up a chair, then, and keep the wind at bay. Our latest MOJO compilation draws deeply on the most elemental romances, from shepherd’s plaints and gypsy prayers to solstice revelations and modern-day heartbreakers. There are jangling electric guitars from Boston and Dunedin, ethereal revamps of classics by Yoko Ono and Joni Mitchell, an uncompromising blast of the blues, and perhaps the heaviest recorder quotient in MOJO history. Midwinter is a time…

5 min.
all back to my place

Graham Coxon ILLEGAL SPEED GUITAR What music are you currently grooving to? For quite a while now, I have been stuck in a Steely Dan obsession. At first I didn’t have a clue how I felt about that stuff, but on the third listen of a big best-of album, it suddenly hit me as being the most brilliant music ever made. What, if push comes to shove, is your all-time favourite album? It would have to be The Beatles, for sure. And if I had to pick one, it would be Rubber Soul. What was the first record you ever bought? And where did you buy it? Roxanne by The Police, when it got in the charts. The Police were huge in my junior school… I vividly remember that I got it from Lion Records in Colchester. Which…

7 min.
theories, rants, etc.

REFLECTION IS NOT WHAT YOU GENERALLY associate with a Liam Gallagher interview. But there are moments in Keith Cameron’s insightful piece on the Oasis veteran this month when a certain poignancy jostles for space with the wit and bullishness; when thoughtfulness and attitude reach a kind of unlikely entente. “I think the rock’n’roll gods were going, ‘Man, we need him back in the zone,’” Gallagher says of himself. “‘He’s served us well over the last 20 years: he’s been a good ambassador for rock’n’roll – we’ll give him another roll of the dice.’” Ambassador For Rock’n’Roll. It’s a daunting honorific, but one which would also suit another key player in this latest MOJO – Ron Wood, whose tireless bonhomie masks a profound understanding of his craft and its history. Such a…

2 min.
psych, mod-pop, musique concrète … weller pushes ever onwards.

“COSMIC SOUL? I’ll take that…” grins Paul Weller in riposte to MOJO’s two-word précis of his next, as yet untitled, album, due in June 2020. Braving lashing night-time rain and a drive through pitch-black country lanes, MOJO has been summoned to the Modfather’s Black Barn HQ in rural Surrey to enjoy a preview of his 15th solo studio adventure, recorded here over the past 18 months. As has become customary in Weller world, it is a radical departure from the album that preceded it; while 2018’s True Meanings was a woody, acoustic- guitar-led outing, this affair is a sonic salmagundi of trippy psychedelic funk and lopsided Cockney knees-ups; strange, atmospheric balladry, classic Weller Mod-pop and experimental electronica. Several tracks have been clearly designed to get your feet moving. “It’s taking the…

2 min.
the cure hunker down for albums 14,15 and 16?

IN 2018, Robert Smith said he would quit music if a new Cure album didn’t appear in 2019, ideally around the time of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing on July 20, 1969. That possibility looks slight at press time, but in the meantime ambitions for the first Cure record since 2008’s 4:13 Dream have amplified. Speaking to Rolling Stone in October, Smith revealed that the album, working title Live From The Moon , would comment on the excitement and optimism of the 1969 lunar mission, and the following disappointment that the technological world it promised never arrived. He also admitted that the political, social and ecological crises affecting the planet have shocked him out of the age-unaware reverie of a successful childless rock star. Though he declared…