MOJO April 2021

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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this month’s contributors include…

Peter Guralnick Peter’s books include a prize-winning two-volume biography of Elvis Presley — of which Bob Dylan wrote, “Elvis steps from the pages. You can feel him breathe” — and acclaimed biographies of Sam Cooke and Sam Phillips. A chapter of his latest, Looking To Get Lost, is extracted on p44: a personal insight into Elvis manager Colonel Tom Parker. Pat Gilbert MOJO veteran Pat Gilbert was a 14-year-old schoolboy when he first saw The Damned in 1980, Captain Sensible memorably signing his copy of Smash It Up with the words “Piss off!” Forty years later, Gilbert jousts once again with the loveable punk madcap for this month’s MOJO Interview, starting on p28. Victoria Segal Victoria has been writing for MOJO since 2003, when she reviewed Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy’s Master And Everyone. She writes about…

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afterglow rare! live! unreleased!

FROM THE WEST END STAGE TO SWINGING LONDON’S MOD hotspots and mob dens, from American arenas to pub backrooms, Steve Marriott’s musical journey was often as fraught and unpredictable as his personal one. This month, as a companion to Simon Spence’s revelatory story about the troubled singer, we’re proud to present Afterglow, a wide-ranging survey of Marriott’s remarkable music. The highlights, as you’d expect, are many – but they don’t just come from the storied work of the Small Faces and Humble Pie. Rather, these 15 meticulously chosen cuts (thank you, Rob Caiger of Charly/Immediate Records), date from the early ’60s to the late ’80s and capture an artist perpetually trying to reconcile East End authenticity with a rowdy, instinctual understanding of soul and the blues. “I’ve never met anyone who…

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all back to my place

Jane Birkin AKA MELODY NELSON. What music are you currently grooving to? Etienne Daho’s album Surf, with bijoux like Moon River and My Girl Is Gone. Also John Barry’s We Have All The Time In The World and Dylan’s He Was A Friend Of Mine – schmaltzy and sexy, to dance a slow dance with yourself. What, if push comes to shove, is your all-time favourite album? Gainsbourg’s Melody Nelson. It hasn’t dated at all. It’s original, bold and beautiful, Jean-Claude Vannier’s arrangements, the sheer poetry of it… class. What was the first record you ever bought? And where did you buy it? Exodus, from the film, a little 45 from Woolworths… but Little Sister by Elvis is what [her brother] Andrew and I got as a prize for singing in a hotel. Which musician, other than yourself,…

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theories, rants, etc.

E-mail to: I’M PROBABLY IN SAFE COMPANY HERE when I admit I haven’t paid the closest attention to the charts for a good few years. The cut and thrust of contemporary pop music is all well and good; the vast majority of it just doesn’t interest me that much. But there’s always the odd exception, and none has been bigger in recent memory than Lana Del Rey. For a 21st century superstar, she has kept intriguing company: Joan Baez and Cat Power, Stevie Nicks and Courtney Love. But it is her music, and particularly the hazy California dreamstate conjured up on Norman Fucking Rockwell!, that separates her from her peers. That album, a MOJO favourite of 2019, showcased an artist equally at home in Hollywood noir and sunbaked Topanga; a…

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diamond in the trash

THE HOT NEWS AND BIZARRE STORIES FROM PLANET MOJO “If you’d taken Syl out of the New York Dolls it would have been crap.”DAVID JOHANSEN “From the first moment I met him, I loved this guy,” says David Johansen, whose sense of loss is tangible eight days after Sylvain Mizrahi lost his three-year battle with cancer. “If you’d taken Syl out of the New York Dolls it would have been crap. He had so much energy, passion and enthusiasm. It just went on and on and on.” Sylvain was this inestimably influential band’s heart and soul, its rhythm guitarist, girl-group-loving backing vocalist and eternal cheerleader, fashion an essential passion. Lighting the fuse for CBGB’s punk explosion when they emerged out of New York’s Lower East Side in 1971, the Dolls directly motivated Malcolm…

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laura marling and tunng’s mike lindsay reanimate the “sonic wonkery” of lump

“MY FAVOURITE is Paradise”, says Laura Marling of the songs on LUMP’s upcoming long-player Animal. “The lyric made me laugh. I’m doing a Masters in Social Theory and I had a dream I met [controversial French psychoanalyst Jacques] Lacan on a bus. He offered me a cucumber sandwich and asked me out. Did I go? No, that would be like dating my therapist!” A more visceral sequel to 2018’s surrealist, self-titled debut, Animal sees Marling re-teamed with Mike Lindsay of folktronica band Tunng. The title references the imaginary, yeti-like beast for which the duo is named, and which Marling describes as “this unconscious representation of the two of us.” “It’s fun having this other member that has its own personality,” Lindsay agrees, the pair talking to MOJO via Zoom. “It’s super patronising…