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MOJO October 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.

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
H BAUER PUBLISHING LIMITED
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1 min.
this month's contributors include...

Mary McCartney Mary McCartney’s photographic work has focused on discovering those rare moments of unguarded, emotionally charged intimacy that offers us a new insight to the subject. Which is how she got the magnificent shots of her dad Paul for this month’s cover and story (see page 68). Instagram – @MaryaMcCartney Michael Simmons Teenager Michael Simmons remained glued to his local rock radio station in 1968, waiting to hear and re-hear “Take a load off Fanny”. Simmons has written about The Weight, among other great songs by The Band, in our Eyewitness feature (see p56) this month, as well as countless other times over the past 50 years. Kris Needs For 40 years Kris Needs has enjoyed a close relationship with Marianne Faithfull that got emotional when she invited him behind the scenes of her…

6 min.
mersey paradise

MONG THE MANY SIGNIFICANT DREAMS OF CARL GUSTAV JUNG, few have had such resonance as this 1927 vision recorded in Memories, Dreams And Reflections. The “dirty, sooty city” revealed itself to be a “vision of unearthly beauty”. “Liverpool,” Jung realised, “is the ‘pool of life’.” Soon enough, The Beatles and a host of other bands would bring further mythical heft to this northern port, establishing it as the most uncommon of cultural epicentres. The music they made was disparate, eccentric, fiery, poetic – from psychedelia to synthpop, and many points in between. But as MOJO’s latest CD proves, an abiding love of their hometown, and a strong sense of its otherness, runs through the work of many of these artists, not least that of this month’s cover star, Paul McCartney. Often,…

5 min.
all back to my place

Nana Mouskouri THE VOICE OF GREECE What music are you currently grooving to? I listen to music that comes fresh and new. Music for me is a moral law and I respect it very much. What, if push comes to shove, is your all-time favourite album? I have many memorable albums, by Bob Dylan, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday… Leonard Cohen’s You Want It Darker is a hard record to listen to but very special. I’ll say Amy Winehouse’s Frank. That album was a big lesson for me. A song I have followed in my life is Over The Rainbow, sung by Judy Garland. I saw that film [The Wizard Of Oz] when I was a little girl in the cinema where my father was a projectionist, and from that point I wanted to be Dorothy. What…

7 min.
theories, rants, etc.

IT’S COMFORTING, SOMETIMES, TO discover that even a genius can be assailed by self-doubt. Paul McCartney has long been adept at passing off his gifts in an unassuming way. But his bonhomie and natural ebullience have still rendered the business of writing pop’s most enduring songs seem effortless. This month, MOJO discovers that the truth can be a little more complicated, and that even the fabbest of the Fabs has dark nights of the soul. “Sometimes in your life, you’re not a god on Olympus,” McCartney tells Keith Cameron in a startling series of interviews. “I have a great life. But from time to time, reality intrudes.” Marianne Faithfull agonises over every detail, as MOJO follows the making of her new album from concept to completion. David Crosby tells us, “Man, I…

2 min.
revealed! secret strummer

DURING THIS summer’s World Cup football coverage, former Clash manager Bernie Rhodes contacted MOJO to demand that This Is England, the band’s valedictory 1985 hit, “should replace God Save The Queen as our national anthem”. The famously radical-thinking Rhodes may be pleased to learn that two extraordinary and previously unheard early versions of the song form the centrepiece of Joe Strummer 001, the first-ever compilation of the Clash frontman’s solo work. Together with familiar studio material by Strummer and his pre- and post-Clash groups The 101’ers and The Mescaleros, the 2-CD collection, released on September 28, features a rarities set spanning home demos, film soundtracks and unreleased Clash demos from the period after Mick Jones’s dramatic departure in 1983. Several of the tracks were discovered among the vast trove of unfiled…

3 min.
cult legend lonnie holley evokes van the man, tries to heal humanity on visionary new album

“The life yet to come, that’s what the arts are for.” LONNIE HOLLEY IT CAN BE hard making sense of Lonnie Holley’s life. The seventh child of 27, he was born in Birmingham, Alabama in 1950. “I came out of my mother’s womb in a time right after war,” he says. “There were a lot of tears, a lot of suffering. I came out of her womb in a fucked-up America.” At one and a half, his story goes, he was stolen by a burlesque dancer-cum-wet nurse, who took him around carnivals and state fairs, trading him for a bottle of whiskey by the time he was four. He was, he says, “always listening to music. Up until around 10 I was sleeping right next to a Rockola jukebox.” This cumulative trauma,…