MOJO August 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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1 min
this month’s contributors include…

Dr Jennifer Otter Bickerdike The author of Why Vinyl Matters, Jennifer’s Rock N Roll Confidential podcast starts in August, with guests including Johnny Marr, Blake Schwarzenbach and Will Sergeant. From California, she now lives in London with husband James and dog Alfie. Her new book about Nico is extracted from p52. Andy Fyfe The first time Kiwi native Fyfe interviewed Crowded House was for NME in 1994, just three weeks after Paul Hester had left the group. After moving to the UK in 1988, Andy worked on the staff at NME, Select and then Q, and has contributed to MOJO since 2005. In this issue, he reconnects with Neil Finn & Co from p32. Jim Herrington Jim has photographed the greats, near-misses and never-weres of the music/celebrity world for decades, the evidence soon to be…

7 min
you gotta move!

MUSCLE SHOALS, ALABAMA, FIRST APPEARED ON THE musical map 99 years ago, with local eminence W.C. Handy recording his Muscle Shoals Blues in tribute. But its critical role really began in the late ‘50s, when Rick Hall and his associates launched their Fame Studios in the area. By 1961, they had their first hit record – Arthur Alexander’s You Better Move On – and, soon, the area had become a crucible of soul and southern rock, and of elite recording practices at both Fame and the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio just down the road. It was at the latter that The Rolling Stones recorded You Gotta Move, Brown Sugar and Wild Horses, and this month’s feature on Sticky Fingers provided the initial impetus for us to compile this MOJO CD of…

5 min
all back to my place

Joan Armatrading SHE, HERSELF AND HER What music are you currently grooving to? I’m busy rehearsing so I’m listening to my own stuff. If I’m sitting about relaxing with friends I’ll play something classical – Beethoven, Purcell, Vivaldi, Bach, Mozart, you name ‘em, I’m gonna like ‘em. What, if push comes to shove, is your all-time favourite album? At the moment I’m really enjoying Kanye West’s Jesus Is King, in his religious phase. It’s a great album, but I wouldn’t say any album was my favourite of all time. What was the first record you ever bought? And where did you buy it? I can’t remember the order, but I got a Free LP and the first Led Zeppelin album, I’d have been about 19. I loved Led Zeppelin, still do – great songs, fantastic playing, energy!…

7 min
theories, rants, etc.

E-mail to: ON APRIL 7, FRED DELLAR SUBMITTED his crossword for MOJO, as he had done every month for over 20 years. It was, as ever, a small masterpiece of cunning, playfulness and immense musical wisdom: a place where Earl Scruggs and Earl Sweatshirt could share a clue, where Bob Lind, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Ramsey Lewis and Anthrax all had a part to play, and Dusty Springfield was always welcome. It has proved, though, to be Fred’s final crossword. Sadly, this most trusted and beloved of MOJO stalwarts passed away on May 15, a fortnight before his 90th birthday. As so many of you will know, Fred has been a critical part of MOJO for most of our existence: curator of Time Machine, infallible fount of knowledge on the Ask Fred page,…

3 min
rage in harlem

THE HOT NEWS AND BIZARRE STORIES FROM PLANET MOJO WHEN PRODUCERS Robert Fyvolent and David Dinerstein approached Ahmir ‘Questlove’ Thompson in 2017 to discuss the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, he found it hard to believe that he had never heard of an event which starred Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Gladys Knight and Sly And The Family Stone, among others. “I thought they were trying to pull a fast one on me,” recalls the Roots drummer, Tonight Show bandleader and walking encyclopaedia of music. “I was like, ‘There’s no way you’re telling me that 300,000 people witnessed this and not one person knows this story.’” Having only directed one music video, he then deliberated whether he could take on the responsibility of turning those 40 reels of forgotten black history into a movie. “I have…

3 min
george harrison’s all things must pass, goes uber-deluxe (with gnomes)

BACK IN JANUARY 2001, only 10 months before his death, George Harrison expressed his ongoing dissatisfaction with the “big production” of All Things Must Pass in the linernotes for the album’s 30th anniversary reissue: “It was difficult to resist remixing every track,” he noted. Now, for the upcoming 50th anniversary motherlode edition of his already expansive 1970 album (pandemic-delayed and due in August), some tasteful retrofitting has been applied. “My dad was not a fan of reverb,” Dhani Harrison tells MOJO, on the phone from his family’s Friar Park estate in Henley-on-Thames, explaining that the new, from-the-ground-up mixes of the landmark triple album involved painstaking audio restoration and a foregrounding of his father’s vocals, somewhat stripping back Phil Spector’s layers of effects. “It’s like restoring a painting,” Harrison adds. “We’re so…