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MOJO April 2019

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...

Keith Cameron In over 30 years as a music journalist, MOJO’s Contributing Editor has met many people who wanted to be Keith Richards. Some even believed they were Keith Richards. But having finally met the man in New York for this issue’s cover story (p70), Keith can confirm that there is only one real Keith. John Harris In 1989, John wrote a review of a Happy Mondays show at Manchester’s Haçienda, sent it to Sounds magazine, and got his first regular gig as a music writer. He’s been a MOJO scribe since 2000, and spends the rest of his time as a journalist for The Guardian. He revisits ‘Madchester’’s annus lunaticus from p38. Robert Gordon Robert once drank the entire Mississippi River and has been a floodplain of blues, roots and Americana music ever since.…

7 min.
memory motel

STARRING FUNKADELIC, JIMMY REED, DION, THE MAYTALS, PATTI LABELLE & THE BLUEBELLES, CHUCK LEAVELL, WILLIE MITCHELL, GREGORY ISAACS, CHUCK BERRY, MUDDY WATERS AND MORE... “I THINK GREAT MUSIC HAS TO HAVE A SENSE of joy, even if it’s not a particularly joyful subject you’re singing about. Just the playing of music is one of the most civilised things I can think of. A bunch of guys get together, and instead of shooting each other they sit around with instruments and say, ‘Hey man’. What happens to guys when they’re playing together has always fascinated me. Musicians are a weird bunch because they have this second conversation going on all the time, via music. This other language. It could just be a couple of guitars playing, it could be a sound, it…

5 min.
all back to my place

Jessica Pratt QUICKSILVER BALLADEER What music are you currently grooving to? Lots of Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell’s demos for The Hissing Of Summer Lawns, Tirzah, Destroyer of all eras, Jobim, Eiko Ishibashi’s The Dream My Bones Dream, a masterful thing which I’m still in the process of absorbing. What, if push comes to shove, is your all-time favourite album? Love’s Forever Changes. That, or Scott Walker’s Scott 4. Both are perfect records that make me feel eerie nostalgia for a time I didn’t experience. What was the first record you ever bought? And where did you buy it? With my own money, Nico’s Chelsea Girl. The music store in the mall had to order the CD in and I think I waited a week and a half for the thing. Which musician, other then yourself, have you ever…

7 min.
theories, rants, etc.

“WHAT MATTERS IS WHAT HITS the ear… What you’re looking for is power and force, without volume – an inner power.” I wrote those words maybe 10 years ago, in my book, Life, and I think I’ll stand by that statement. Searching for that inner power is what drives me to continue making new music. Of course, here’s hoping that the inner power remains! You bless those moments. When a band is hitting it and everything’s falling into place, there’s a sort of weird serenity that takes over. Even though the song might be pounding away, like a freight train or something, there’s a certain sense of you all being in the same spot at the same time. It’s inexplainable, it’s indescribable, but I wouldn’t miss it for the world. Especially when…

3 min.
ready steady who!

THIRTEEN YEARS after their last LP, 2006’s Endless Wire, 2019 will finally see a new studio album from The Who. Provisionally-titled WHO, it’s due for release on Polydor, possibly in the summer, says Pete Townshend, but more likely autumn. However, despite claims to MOJO last year, it’s unlikely The Who’s twelfth will be co-written, with the songwriting split between the band’s two surviving members. “The next Who album, if there is to be one,” declared Townshend in 2018, “really needs to feature songs from Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend in equal numbers.” The guitarist/singer also explained why knee-to-knee songwriting collaboration between the two isn’t realistically an option: “I rarely co-write with anyone. When I do, I tend to do either music or lyrics. I don’t think I have ever once sat in…

3 min.
underworld redraw the map with year-long online project drift. but what is it, exactly?

“RICK’S IDEA of what should come out on any given week can change 24 hours before its release,” says Underworld’s Karl Hyde. “The piece of music may not be finished or even written then. This process is catching us in the moment. It is how you are feeling now – what you’ve heard, what you’re reacting to.” Hyde is talking about Drift, his and Underworld partner Rick Smith’s ambitious project to release new music every Thursday for an entire year. Since its debut in November, Drift has been disseminated on the duo’s website, on YouTube and through streaming services, combining music, films and stories, each divided into a number of episodes – akin to the “Netflix model”, as Hyde calls it. The raw materials for Drift, he explains, come from twice-weekly studio…