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MOJO November 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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12 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
this month's contributors include... the mojo editors

Paul Du Noyer Paul was MOJO’s first editor, launching the magazine upon a sceptical world in October 1993. Happily it survived – thanks, he reckons, to “a body of loyal readers who got the idea a lot more quickly than the media pundits.” He survived too, and pens a piece about The White Album in this very issue. Mat Snow MOJO editor from 1995-99, Mat continues to glow with pride at #24’s triple Beatles cover and various special issues. Back in MOJO world after editing the football magazine FourFourTwo, he co-manages the group Ese & The Vooduu People. This month, he reviews Elvis Costello and Rod Stewart’s new LPs. Paul Trynka PT got the MOJO call in 1995, for a Howlin’ Wolf cover story, researched on a 12,000-mile trip across the US. He joined the…

7 min.
the mojo anthology

HOW TO CELEBRATE 300 ISSUES OF MOJO ON ONE CD? A challenge, clearly, but we are fortunate in having some illustrious and generous readers to call on for favours. Take U2: “MOJO’s the go-to music mag for me,” says The Edge. “It’s clearly made by people who, first and foremost, love music. That’s where we started out, as members of the audience at early punk shows before we got on the stage ourselves. We feel kindred spirits with the MOJO journalists, and what you guys are up to, and your sensibilities.” Here, then, is a crystallisation of those sensibilities: 15 rare tracks, six of them previously unreleased, donated by 15 of our favourite artists of the last 25 years. On The MOJO Anthology, you’ll find eight of the magazine’s cover stars,…

5 min.
all back to my place

Ray Davies KING KINK What music are you currently grooving to? I’m generally drawn to grooves that cut across the beat. Scat appeals in that respect. I watched a silent disco recently and everyone was bobbing up and down together, except one girl who was out of step with everyone. If I was to ask anyone in that room to dance it would be her. What, if push comes to shove, is your all-time favourite album? Otis Blue by Otis Redding. He had the perfect backing group, and he filled all the gaps between Southern gospel, pop music, The Beatles. What was the first record you ever bought? And where did you buy it? Honky Tonk by Bill Doggett, probably from Les Aldrich in Muswell Hill. Which musician, other than yourself, have you ever wanted to…

7 min.
theories, rants, etc.

WELCOME TO THIS, THE 300 ISSUE OF MOJO. As is the way with milestones, it’s had us looking back, pondering what the magazine has achieved and what it’s for. It’s tempting, though, to stick with what MOJO’s founding editor proposed in his introduction to Issue 1 (or Issue Blank – it wasn’t actually numbered) all those years ago. “Our aim,” wrote Paul Du Noyer, “is to cover the best music we know, in the best way we know how. We’ll tell some untold stories and make some fresh connections… We’ll try to present it beautifully. We will insult nobody’s intelligence.” Twenty-five years on, the cultural landscape, and the means by which music is disseminated, are in many ways unrecognisable. But great records are still being made. Untold stories remain to be discovered.…

2 min.
help mojo find the world’s ultimate record shops!

“The ideal record shop should be a world unto itself.” Jon Savage WE DON’T need to tell MOJO readers anything about the importance of record shops, the sheer joy of spending time in them, or the portal into a dimension of wonder that they represent. Without record shops, there wouldn’t be 300 MOJOs, or even one, and you wouldn’t be reading this. But the difference between the decent record shop and the great one is significant. “The ideal record shop should be a world unto itself,” writes MOJO’s own Jon Savage. “The best offer an education and an arena. You can meet like-minded souls, start a conversation, hear something that you’ve never heard before.” And like all great cultural inventions, record shops do things they didn’t intend. Radiohead sleeve designer Stanley Donwood recalls…

3 min.
damon albarn and paul simonon resurrect the good, the bad & the queen – under blackpool tower!

“I’m loath to mention Brexit… It’s the sound of the British Isles.” DAMON ALBARN FACT SHEET Title: TBC Date: November 2018 Production: Tony Visconti Songs: The Great Fire, Nineteen Seventeen, Lady Boston, Drifters And Trawlers, The Poison Tree The Buzz: “It’s like a theatrical show in a vaudeville way; opera without the big O; English music with our personality and character in the sound and songs. A team effort and a joy to work on.” Paul Simonon “I’VE GOT A penchant for piers,” says bassist Paul Simonon, explaining why Blackpool was the starting point for recording the as yet untitled follow-up to 2007’s The Good, The Bad & The Queen album. Blackpool has three, and for Simonon, “They are like an extension of the island, these arms reaching out.” It’s a pertinent image and a symbol, perhaps,…