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MOJO May 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

5 min.
big sensations

NTHROPOLOGISTS WOULD PROBABLY LOCATE THE DAWN OF Mod in the mid-1950s, in the Ladbroke Grove soundsystems, West Indian blues parties and shebeens where R&B singles, imported from the US via Jamaica, became worshipped as the apotheosis of cool. Around the same time, London’s Soho jazz scene was mushrooming at venues like Club Eleven and the Flamingo. Out of all these, Mod grew. The modernists were defined by their unimpeachable music taste and smart clobber, shaped by razor-sharp West Indian heroes like Derrick Morgan and Prince Buster, and US jazzmen in Brooks Brothers cloth. They would dance their nights away at The Scene in Soho’s Ham Yard, to records spun by Guy Stevens, one of Mod’s main pivots – it was Stevens who provided The Who, the Stones and the Small Faces…

5 min.
all back to my place

Viv Albertine SLIT, ARTIST, AUTHOR What music are you currently grooving to? I barely listen to music. I’ve got post-traumatic stress disorder since The Slits, it was so violent and so exhausting. But I can stand Benjamin Clementine. He has a certain sensitivity, and he’s not pandering to commerce. I love his first album. What, if push comes to shove, is your all-time favourite album? I’m never offended when I hear [Bowie’s] Low. But I have an album for whatever was going on at the time, so it would be most unfair to pick one. What was the first record you ever bought? And where did you buy it? Satisfaction by the Stones. I was 11 and I asked my dad to get it. It would have been from a record shop in Muswell Hill or Crouch…

7 min.
theories, rants, etc.

IT HASN’T ALWAYS BEEN EASY TO SEE WHY Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend have stuck together for so long. Tension, competition and resentment, a sense that everything could implode at any moment, remain a critical part of The Who’s appeal; 12 years on from the band’s last album, a fine new solo record from Daltrey is not the most obvious sign of the pair’s commitment to one another. But this month’s MOJO cover story shines new light on their interdependency, in a touching tale of public belligerence and secret loyalties. Townshend, it is revealed, played a critical role – as guest guitarist and unlikely motivational coach – in Daltrey’s album even being completed. “Pete was the one who convinced me that it was great,” admits the singer. Townshend, meanwhile, unveils…

3 min.
a literary man

“I READ THOSE LYRICS AND SAID, ‘WHERE’S THE MUSIC?’” John Carter Cash In some ways it’s the ultimate tribute album, except rather than cherry-picking from an artist’s greatest hits, the songs on this record have never been heard before. Following Johnny Cash’s death in 2003, his son John Carter Cash discovered a trove of around 2,000 unpublished pieces of writing, including nearly 300 poems and lyrics. “Out of those 300 or so, 60 of them touched me very deeply and I knew there were songs to be made,” says Carter Cash. He spoke to his sisters Carlene Carter and Rosanne Cash, plus family friends and admirers including Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Elvis Costello and Alison Krauss, and over the past three years Carter Cash put together Forever Words, a 16-track album to…

2 min.
gruff rhys

“I WAS SO HYPED ON THE FIRST MORNING THAT I VOMITED.” “I started recording it before the EU referendum,” says Gruff Rhys, of his upcoming album, “and before Trump and things like that. But obviously, you can see what’s coming. And you hear the sound of the drums of war, banging.” He sighs a laugh. In the lead-up to the 2016 referendum, he released a protest pop single entitled I Love EU. But, MOJO now learns, Rhys was also beginning work on an expansive, reflective collection – “songs about life in a particular time” – including ruminations on male egos, crumbling certainties and “musicians as foot soldiers of extreme capitalism”. Recognising that the tracks were the beginnings of an album, Rhys contacted the producer Ali Chant about recording at his Bristol studio, Toybox.…

1 min.

…Jennifer Herrema (below) and Neil Hagerty go into the studio in summer to make their first album m as ROYAL TRUX since 2000’s Pound For Pound …Martin Bramah, co-founder of THE E FALL , has a new BLUE ORCHIDS album: Righteouss Harmony Fist! will be released in September … GILBERT O’SULLIVAN’s new album, produced by Ethan Johns, arrives in summer. Hammond organ features on Dylanesque songs, Andy Fair-weather-Low guests, and songs include I’ll Never Love Again and Dansette Dreams And 45s … LIAM GALLAGHER starts work next on his second solo LP next month. He told Radio X, “I just want to make good guitar music, rock’n’roll with a good melody and good words,” adding, “I’ve got no desires to make something with beats or anything like that or an…