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MOJO April 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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12 Issues

in this issue

7 min.
revolution blue

DISSENT. DISAGREEMENT. DEFIANCE. POPULAR MUSIC’S ability to challenge the status quo is its not-so-secret weapon. Songs enter the public arena more readily, more virally, than any other art form, and deliver their messages – sometimes loudly and proudly; sometimes stealthily, with meanings that dawn slowly but surely (you don’t have to agree to be affected, changed even). It can say “free Nelson Mandela” and get the world to sing along, even help make it happen. It can say “four dead in Ohio” and make more noise than any newspaper editorial. The writers, and performers of such songs stick their heads above the parapet and carry heavy burdens – think of the pressures that built on Dylan, Lennon and Marley, Fela Kuti and Victor Jara, and the dangers they faced, some…

5 min.
all back to my place

Al Jourgensen MINISTRY’S TRANSGRESSOR-IN-CHIEF What music are you currently grooving to? The last good thing I heard was Chelsea Wolfe. I love her ambience, and self-assuredness, and her killing-an-ant-with-a-sledgehammer thing, and the fact it’s a woman doing it, instead of the male-pattern rock genius that we seem to perpetuate. What, if push comes to shove, is your all-time favourite album? Wire’s Pink Flag. Again, it’s their confidence that spoke to me – like, even though we’re in a garage, and we play like dorks, we have something important. What was the first record you ever bought? And where did you buy it? December’s Children by The Rolling Stones. But I didn’t buy it, I stole it from a Sears in Arlington Heights, Chicago. I was seven or eight, and I managed to slip it under my…

7 min.
theories, rants, etc.

THE REBEL HAS ALWAYS BEEN A VITAL FIGURE in rock mythology; the tearaway iconoclast with a burning desire to leave the straight life behind and stick it to The Man. Embodying transgressive cliché can be demanding work, though, so that even the most vigorous insurrectionists have their moments of compromise, especially when their careers stretch out for 40 or 50 years. That said, it’s hard to think of many occasions when Mark E Smith, whose passing floored the MOJO team this month, or Neil Young were diverted from their outsiders’ paths. Their astonishing music has frequently felt revolutionary in all sorts of ways, their contempt for music biz norms a kind of radical political act intrinsic to their art. “I feel I’m out of step with what’s going on,” Young…

3 min.
party monsters

“YOU COULD SENSE THAT FANTASTIC THINGS WERE HAPPENING ON-STAGE EVERY NIGHT.”Jimmy Page on Zeppelin in ’72 “At that time everybody in the band was playing unbelievably well,” says Jimmy Page, reflecting gleefully on Led Zeppelin’s 1972 US tour. “Even as band members there were moments where you could sense that fantastic things were happening on-stage every night. It felt really special.” Recently, Page has had occasion to return to that landmark American tour, preparing the reissue of How The West Was Won, the live album originally released in 2003, for a March 23 release. Back then, this monumental 18-track set was somewhat overshadowed by the simultaneous release of the Led Zeppelin DVD, itself a revelatory piece of archaeology. “Maybe the album did get a bit overlooked but, to be honest, they were very different…

3 min.
can reopens!

“AN OFFICIAL SERIES OF CAN LIVE ALBUMS IS PROMISED IN THE NEAR FUTURE.” When I began writing the official biography of Krautrock legends Can in 2014, three of its founding members were still alive. As the book reached its final stages, it became something of an epitaph: first drummer Jaki Liebezeit died of a sudden illness in January 2017, and nine months later bassist and sound wizard Holger Czukay passed away of natural causes. Yet 2018 is the 50th anniversary of Can’s first full year of existence, and will be marked with a positive riot of activity. My own book All Gates Open (published together with Can Kiosk, an oral history and collage of reflections by keyboardist Irmin Schmidt) was an opportunity to tell the group’s story in unprecedented detail. It includes…

1 min.
mojo diary

MARCH 9 & 10 John Cale (2018-1964): A Futurespective takes place at the Barbican Hall. Joined by the London Contemporary Orchestra, the veteran creative force presents songs from a new album to be released on the Domino label and gems from the back catalogue stretching back to 1964, “that he has rarely, if ever performed live.” Expect Velvet Underground material and songs from Island albums including Fear and Helen Of Troy. MARCH 13 Rickie Lee Jones publishes her autobiography Rickie Lee (Grove Press). It will trace her life from nomadic childhood and adolescence, first steps at the Troubadour in Los Angeles, her relationship with Tom Waits, drug use and more. Unseen photographs from her personal archives are promised, as are “never-before-told stories and accounts of the music business as she’s lived it.” MARCH 29-APRIL…