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MOJO June 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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in this issue

1 min.
this month’s contributors include

Jane Sanders Jane Sanders, AKA “Stitchin’ in the Kitchen”, is a textile artist based in Newcastle upon Tyne. She has produced a multitude of portraits, all depicting popular musicians. To connect with Jane, and view her back catalogue follow her on Instagram @stitchin_in_the_kitchen Danny Eccleston Danny joined the MOJO team in 2004, after stints at Q, the NME and multiple musicians’ mags. He has since interviewed heroes including Van Dyke Parks, Peter Perrett, Paul McCartney and The The. He really does like synth pop and encounters the Arctic Monkeys from p72. Pieter M van Hattem “Being on the road with Robert Plant felt like the last scene in Close Encounters when Richard Dreyfuss walks into the Mothership. Surreal. He surrounds himself with some of the smartest and kindest people I’ve worked with. When I’m not…

6 min.
the mojo machine turns you on 2018.

IN 1997, MOJO LAUNCHED A SERIES OF CDs EXCLUSIVELY FOR OUR subscribers. The MOJO Machine Turns You On was styled in tribute to the classic label comps of the late ‘60s, but featured an eclectic mix of new sounds. The idea was simple: to assert that great music was still being made, by artists who understood and reinvented the traditions we loved. Twenty-one years later, that mission statement still endures, which is why we’ve decided to restart the MOJO Machine Turns You On imprint. Introducing, then, this 2018 edition, a meticulously curated showcase for some of our favourite songs of the year thus far. Among the 15 tracks gathered here, you’ll find invigorating rethinks of folk and R&B, plastic funk and desert rock, Thai-style surf and elevated ramalam. You’ll discover a…

5 min.
all back to my place

Shabaka Hutchings JAZZ SAX DYNAMO What music are you currently grooving to? The new Dizzee Rascal [Raskit]has been on my phone for the last month. Also Earl Sweatshirt’s Doris, Andy Sheppard’s new album on ECM, and John Surman’s Invisible Threads. I like it if it sounds like an actual person is communicating something to me. What, if push comes to shove, is your all-time favourite album? I don’t think there could be an all-time favourite. Without analysing, it would be Vespertine by Björk. It’s the emotional areas she gets into, it’s like it’s big and small simultaneously. What was the first record you ever bought? And where did you buy it? I bought three at the same time – D’Angelo’s Brown Sugar, Fugees’ The Score/Bootleg Versions and Mary J. Blige’s Share My World. I was living in…

6 min.
theories, rants, etc.

ELEVEN YEARS AGO, THE ARCTIC MONKEYS appeared on MOJO’s cover for the first time. Feted as nothing less than the saviours of guitar music, Alex Turner was garlanded as a songwriter in a great British tradition. “He reminds me of a rock’n’roll Alan Bennett,” Paul Weller told us. “He captures those everyday things that everyone sees.” In the midst of all the fuss, though, the band were notably cautious. “We don’t know what we want to be yet,” admitted guitarist Jamie Cook. Since then, Turner has left Sheffield for Los Angeles, found numerous creative strategies to avoid being cast as the voice of his generation, and still seen his band become one of the biggest on the planet. Where could he go in 2018, to keep confounding expectations? To the moon,…

3 min.
real good rhymes together

“IT’S WONDERFUL TO PICTURE LOU AS A VERY, VERY AMBITIOUS YOUNG POET.”Laurie Anderson THE HOT NEWS AND BIZARRE STORIES FROM PLANET MOJO “One guy was from Wales,” writes Lou Reed in a new book of his uncollected poetry and other writings, titled Do Angels Need Haircuts? This amused reference to an early encounter with Velvet Underground collaborator John Cale comes in a mid-’60s letter to the writer Delmore Schwartz, under whom Reed had studied literature at Syracuse University. After he left the Velvets in August 1970, having publicly forsaken rock’n’roll for poetry, the written word was on Reed’s mind again. Do Angels Need Haircuts? centres on a reading he gave at St Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery in New York City in March 1971. “It’s wonderful to picture that night and to picture Lou as a…

3 min.
folk roots, new routes

“IT’S NOT DIVERSIFYING. IT’S JUST LETTING IT BE THE DIVERSITY THAT IT IS.”Rhiannon Giddens “When the Cambridge organisers asked me to be guest curator,” says Rhiannon Giddens, “I said, Does this mean I get to be there the whole time and be around this beautiful vibe? Some festivals, people go to hang out and drink beer, maybe see a band or two. At Cambridge they really want to hear what’s going on.” A long-standing admirer of the Cambridge Folk Festival, the North Carolina fiddler, banjo player and voice will do her bit to enhance the experience still further with a specially selected programme of talent playing the August 2-5 event at Cherry Hinton Hall. At Giddens’ invitation, folk elder Peggy Seeger, Canadian mountain-banjo player Kaia Kater, harmonising married couple Birds Of Chicago,…