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MOJO March 2018

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

Tim Sommer A musician, record producer, and former Atlantic Records A&R executive, Tim has written widely about popular music, and cares deeply about Krautrock, folk, punk, post-punk, Hawkwind and The Beach Boys. This month he interviewed Mike Love (p.58) for MOJO and survived. kennardphillipps kennardphillipps are Peter Kennard and Cat Phillipps who, for 15 years, have been making work together and are happiest when invited to confront power and defend the people. They illustrate this month’s lead album (see p89). To see more work go to www.kennardphillipps.com John Harris A MOJO contributor since 2001, Harris also writes for The Guardian. Last year, he was nominated for the prestigious Orwell Prize for political writing, largely thanks to his work in the long build-up to Brexit – a subject also tackled by the new Field Music album,…

6 min.
green leaves nick drake covered

“THE STORY, THE MYTH, THE IMAGE ARE NOT THE reason why people buy his records,” says Nick Drake’s producer, Joe Boyd, on page 80 of MOJO’s spectacular Nick Drake celebration. “It’s all about the songs.” Ever since the title track of Drake’s 1972 Pink Moon album appeared in a Volkswagen VW Cabrio advert in 1999 (and possibly before, in the wake of MOJO’s first Nick Drake cover, in January 1997) new generations of artists and fans have been discovering those songs, songs with a power that go beyond mere fable and iconography. Here, on our latest covermount CD, you will find artists as diverse as Joan Shelley, Field Music, Amber Arcades, Villagers and Bill Ryder-Jones tapping into that magic, drawing out the roots of Drake’s influences and locating the pure,…

5 min.
all back to my place

DITA VON TEESE MODERN CABARET TROUPER What music are you currently grooving to? Moderat. I really enjoyed seeing them at Coachella earlier this year, it was my favourite performance. And Maceo Plex’s Solar is an incredible record, I’ve been playing that a lot. What, if push comes to shove, is your all-time favourite album? George Michael’s Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1. [His] ballads are touching and beautiful, and have been part of my life for decades. He had such an incredible voice, I know every word of his songs, and the songs by Wham! I’m a total fan. What was the first record you ever bought? And where did you buy it? Michael Jackson, Thriller, on vinyl! I don’t recall how or where I obtained it, unfortunately, but I just remember lusting over that soft-focus centrefold. Which…

7 min.
theories, rants, etc.

IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL JUNE DAY 25 YEARS ago that I was properly introduced to the songs of Nick Drake. I am at the Manor Studio, Oxfordshire, and its then-incumbent, John William (aka Paul) Weller, is taking a break from mixing his second solo album (Wild Wood – to emerge that September to great acclaim) to play some of the records in his current soundworld. He spins Free’s Fire And Water, a Grant Green album (wish I could remember which one!), and Nick Drake’s 1969 debut LP, Five Leaves Left. Suddenly, the wistful, bucolic nuances of Weller’s new material make perfect sense. This is the source he’s been tapping. Drake, who died in 1974 after recording but three albums, had long been a hip name to drop, but it was in…

3 min.
after the gold rush…

THE HOT NEWS AND BIZARRE STORIES FROM PLANET MOJO “THERE WERE SEPARATION ANXIETIES.”Martin Nolan, Julien’s auction house “Possessions and concessions… drag you down,” sang Neil Young in 1990, on Ragged Glory’s elegiac Days That Used To Be. And so it came to pass that some 27 years later, on December 9, the singer embraced the song’s sentiments and sold over 500 personal items, including cars, guitars and pieces from his model railway. “It really was amazing,” says Martin Nolan, executive director at Julien’s auction house in Los Angeles, which curated the event. “The auction room was crowded, and thousands of other people around the world were watching the live stream and bidding online, clamouring to own part of [Young’s] legacy.” Among the stars of the show was Young’s 1953 Buick Roadmaster Skylark convertible,…

2 min.
tighten up, volume 50!

“BEFORE PUNK, TROJAN CAPTURED THE IMAGINATION OF WHITE WORKING-CLASS KIDS.”Don Letts 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of Trojan Records, the iconic British reggae label that brought so many Jamaican stars to the attention of the outside world. And to mark the momentous anniversary, plans are afoot for extensive celebrations in London, with exclusive releases and themed merchandise to surface in tandem, as well as a full-length feature documentary that will bring the Trojan story to festival screens later this year, and a comprehensive history of the label in book form, written by longstanding Trojan staffer Laurence Cane-Honeysett. The Trojan name was first used for a Jamaican record label by producer Duke Reid some 60 years ago, referencing the flatbed truck he used to transport his sound system; a sole…