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MOJO September 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...

Ben Thompson Ben has been waiting to interview John McLaughlin ever since Mahavishnu’s Birds Of Fire blew his mind aged 13. Meantime, he’s been a MOJO contributor since Issue 2, and co-written memoirs with (among others) Steve Jones, Russell Brand and John McEnroe. Next book? The life-story of Evel Knievel’s son. Tom Oldham “Awaiting Paul Weller on the hillside at Newlands Corner,” says photographer Oldham, “we were, lights on stands, laptop and cameras ready – only for the heavens to open, completely drench me, my assistants and all my equipment. Even looking like a drowned rat, it was still a proper honour to shoot Paul.” See the feature, page 70. Will Hodgkinson In March 2018, Will found himself in a warehouse in Austin to celebrate the launch of Blaze, Ethan Hawke’s film on the outlaw…

7 min.
reggae nuggets

FIFTY YEARS AGO, TROJAN RECORDS BEGAN ITS intensive campaign of introducing Jamaican music to the rest of the world. Hip, well-connected and extremely fast on their feet, Trojan ensured they heard the best singles first, and rapidly secured the rights to share them with an insatiable new audience thousands of miles from Jamaica. By the summer of 1969, the label was making inroads into the British mainstream, as Trojan releases of The Liquidator, Young Gifted And Black, Wonderful World, Beautiful People, Double Barrel, Pressure Drop, Trenchtown Rock and countless more transformed reggae from an island sound to an international phenomenon. To celebrate Trojan’s golden jubilee, MOJO is honoured to team up with the rejuvenated label for a deep dive into their storied catalogue. The result is Reggae Nuggets, a new treasury…

5 min.
all back to my place

Glen Matlock ALWAYS A SEX PISTOL What music are you currently grooving to? The Bobby Brown Quartet’s Venus Velvet – the most outrageous, grooving late bebop jazz. Mose Allison as well, what a great songwriter, and the Faces’ You Can Make Me Dance…, which is the most ‘up’ song ever, I think. And Blank Generation by The Voidoids. I love Robert Quine’s guitar playing. The only other guitar player I can think of who’s along those lines is Derek Bailey. What, if push comes to shove, is your all-time favourite album? The Faces’ A Nod Is As Good As A Wink… To A Blind Horse, but I’m in a good mood today, so another day? What was the first record you ever bought? And where did you buy it? I bought The Kinks’ You Really…

7 min.
theories, rants, etc.

THERE’S A STRIKING MOMENT NEAR THE end of our interview with Paul Weller this month. Weller is hosting MOJO at his studio in rural Surrey, reflecting on his 60th birthday, the 40-odd years of music-making behind him and, most importantly, the new music he is making right now. “I like the feeling that I’m still going forward, that I’ve got a new song on the go,” he tells David Cavanagh. “Those things are the lifeblood to me.” For Weller, and for MOJO, the history of great music is open-ended and constantly evolving; not, emphatically, a closed book. To that end, as we near our 300th issue, we’ve given MOJO a gentle makeover – a quick wash and brush up – without losing any of the elements cherished by those of you…

6 min.
“a loner and a one-off”

“Danny gave Peter Green a new lease of life.” JEREMY SPENCER “DANNY KIRWAN was the white English blues guy,” Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie tells MOJO, days after the guitarist and songwriter’s death on June 8. “Nobody else could play like him. He was a one-off.” Indeed, Kirwan played a vital role during not one but two eras of Fleetwood Mac. As an 18-year-old, he debuted his signature vibrato sound on their 1968 hit, Albatross, while his imaginative reading of the 1933 jazz song Jigsaw Puzzle Blues made it onto the B-side. However, after co-founder Peter Green’s departure, Kirwan moved centre-stage, and left his musical fingerprint on such underrated Mac albums as 1971’s Future Games . He formed a crucial link between the ‘old’ Fleetwood Mac blues band and the ‘new’ chart-dominating version featuring…

3 min.
hound clash

“It’s gonna be big – unless I shoot the President. Naw… that’d make sales triple .” SWAMP DOGG OVER HIS 76 years on this planet, Jerry Williams Jr, AKA Swamp Dogg, has lived many lives: penniless songwriter, gutbucket R&B shouter, acid-inspired protest-singer. But little will prepare you for his latest incarnation: a soulman feeding his vocals through the same shape-shifting FX beloved of Kanye West and T-Pain. “I just love Auto-Tune – those high, soprano harmonies it gives you,” says Williams, calling from his office in Los Angeles. He had just completed an early version of his new album, Love, Loss And Auto-Tune (inset) – which, he says, cranked the vocal-changing gizmo “up to 10” – when his distributor put him in touch with Ryan Olson of Minneapolis synthrockers Poliça and kindred…