March 2022

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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Andrew Cotterill Andy has shot for MOJO since 2000, including an Arctic Monkeys cover complete with Floydian light show. This month he returns to Floyd territory, with candid rehearsal pics of Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets. Currently working with artists Sarah Brown and Carmody. Bob Mehr MOJO’s Memphis music maven Mehr has shared more than a few memorable conversations with Al Green over the years. On its 50th anniversary, he takes a look back at one of Green’s defining moments, Let’s Stay Together, tracing how the singer, producer Willie Mitchell and Hi Rhythm made their masterpiece. Keith Cameron MOJO’s Contributing Editor still hasn’t recovered from Pearl Jam’s 2013 Wrigley Field gig, when the band played ’til 2am after a thunderstorm delay. Keith’s interview with Eddie Vedder is on p26. An updated edition of his book…

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all back to my place

Lucy Dacus HOME VIDEO STAR What music are you currently grooving to? I’ve really been loving Dijon’s latest record, Absolutely. The songwriting is really heartfelt and clever, and the fidelity goes from low to high throughout the album, which is one of the coolest tricks. What, if push comes to shove, is your all-time favourite album? I used to say Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust, but the record I listen to the most is Dragging A Dead Deer Up A Hill by Grouper. It resets me. It’s not a very lyrical album, but sometimes I just need music to wash over me. What was the first record you ever bought? And where did you buy it? If we’re talking vinyl, I bought Pearl by Janis Joplin, Aladdin Sane by Bowie and The Animals’ The Best Of, from Deep Groove…

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theories, rants, etc.

E-mail to: THE TALE OF THE MONKEES, AND MIKE Nesmith’s role in the band, has often been framed as a battle for authenticity; a great American songwriter struggling to articulate himself in the face of prefabricated commercial expediencies. This month, though, as we mourn Nesmith, who died at the end of 2021, and celebrate all aspects of his incredible legacy, it feels like we’ve reached a much more sophisticated place. David Fricke’s tremendous cover story doesn’t ignore Nesmith’s artistic frustrations. But it also grasps that The Monkees were a great American band: fed a diet of imperishable songs; blessed with a chemistry that transcended studio machinations, even as the quartet never fully understood how that chemistry worked. “Do me the gracious favour of not pointing me out as the most talented…

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everybody digs mal evans

THE HOT NEWS AND BIZARRE STORIES FROM PLANET MOJO AS THE quiet star of the Get Back documentary series, interest in Beatles roadie-turned-personal assistant Mal Evans has never been greater. Nicknamed Big Mal or the Gentle Giant, Evans was the Liverpudlian former telephone engineer whose life was changed when he wandered into the Cavern club one lunch-time in 1962 and witnessed The Beatles performing. The next year he was employed by the band as a gofer and tech, devotedly working with them on the road and in the studio until their break-up. Now, the late Evans’ long-hidden archive of diaries, photographs and illustrations – along with the manuscript of his never-published memoir Living The Beatles’ Legend: 200 Miles To Go – has been handed over by his estate to US author Kenneth…

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the lost tapes of manc-punk nexus the electric circus, found at last?

NORTHERN PUNK crucible the Electric Circus, a grotty venue in Manchester’s Collyhurst, lasted a year but saw performances from the Sex Pistols, The Damned, The Clash, Ramones, The Jam, Banshees and every major act of the day. The best-known audio document of it remains the 1978 eight-track 10-inch Short Circuit – Live At The Electric Circus, recorded during the venue’s last weekend before it closed on October 2, 1977. With Joy Division (still known as Warsaw), Buzzcocks, The Fall, John Cooper Clarke, Steel Pulse and The Drones recorded on Virgin’s multitrack mobile studio, the high-quality recordings were thrilling, if few in number. So what happened to the tapes of the groups’ complete performances? And what of Magazine, The Negatives and others who appeared at the venue’s last hurrah? The online Electric…

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gimme five... chicken sounds

Jack DeJohnette’s Directions Cosmic Chicken (PRESTIGE, 1975) A buried fusion gem where the Coltrane-Miles-ECM percussionist swings as his band get wild and free. Apart from the woozy title track, it’s hard to glean where chickens come into it, though Eiderdown suggests ducks. Ronnie Spector Tandoori Chicken (APPLE B-SIDE, 1971) This rollicking George Harrison/Phil Spector oddity – which namechecks Mal Evans (see previous pages) – was cut in one take and makes a meal of the marinated dish “and a great big bottle of wine” sound like the ultimate feast. Thee Michelle Gun Elephant Chicken Zombies (TRIAD, 1997) A hit in Japan for the Tokyo garage rockers: the Odds & Sods-like LP sleeve finds them in American football helmets spelling out ‘F-U-C-K’. Songs called The Birdmen and Romantic (Broiler Dinner Version) keep things fowl. Dr. Alimantado Best Dressed Chicken In Town (GREENSLEEVES, 1978) The tip of…