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MOJO Issue 279

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

Ross Halfin Having recently worked with Jimmy Page, Metallica and Johnny Depp, Halfin has photographed Black Sabbath for four decades, so knew them well enough to invite them to a cemtery in Argentina (cover story,p72). More work at rosshalfin.com Chris Nurse Chris is an illustrator and motion graphics designer, working professionally since 1997. His work is made using traditional photographic and print practices and newer digital techniques. He works on commissions and projects in publishing, editorial, corporate, advertising and broadcasting, and is repped by Début Art. Keith Cameron MOJO’s Contributing Editor filed his Black Sabbath cover story exactly 46 years after the Sabs first played Asbury Park, NJ. Their support act were Steel Mill, with guitarist Steve Van Zandt, who Keith also interviews in this issue (p40). Chris Nurse, Steve Gullick, Jelmer de Haas…

6 min.
heavy nuggety vol.4

THE END IS NIGH… AND AS BLACK SABBATH PREPARE for their final hurrah, MOJO is proud to present the fourth instalment in our Heavy Nuggets compilation series. The first three of these collections celebrated cult heroes from the late ’60s and early ’70s that aspired to global superstar status in a Sabs-styled manner. Volume 4 (every pun intended!) is different in that it concentrates on the very thing that the Birmingham four-piece will leave behind: the music itself and their ongoing influence. As a result we have gathered together 13 acts who have openly acknowledged a debt to the songwriting and the sound created by Messrs Osbourne, Iommi, Butler and Ward. Of course, more mainstream acts have both covered Black Sabbath tunes or simply drawn on their sound, but the…

5 min.
all back to my place

Tony Bennett SWING KING What music are you currently grooving to? Beyoncé’s newest record. She’s wonderful, a very, very talented person, and I like everything about her – there’s great choreography, she dresses beautiful and the audience loves her so! And those records that last for years, by Ella Fitzgerald. And Lady Gaga. The public adores her! What, if push comes to shove, is your all-time favourite album? There are so many, but all the things that Miles Davis did, and what he did with Gil Evans, I loved it very much. What was the first record you ever bought? And where did you buy it? It was Bing Crosby, White Christmas, during the holidays. He taught us all, all the singers, how to make a living! He was the first one that was by himself. I…

7 min.
theories, rants, etc.

FEW ARTISTS ARE AFFORDED THE LUXURY of deciding exactly how to take their final bow. This issue contains some poignant reminders of that very fact. In the case of Black Sabbath, however, the three remaining members have spent the best part of 18 months saying farewell. This month, as we look to a new year, we bring you what is bound to be one of their final interviews. We do so by focusing on the one element that often gets overlooked in a remarkable career that has spanned close to five decades: the music. It lies at the core of Keith Cameron’s revelatory cover feature. Of course, in two years’ time Sabbath have the chance to mark a full 50 years of active service. Will that be cause for one…

3 min.
1 the velvet underground & nico reborn

A FILTERED PREVIEW OF THE YEAR TO COME PLUS THRILLING DISPATCHES FROM PLANET MOJO“THEREE ARE CERTAIN N THINGS THAT ARE REALLY TIED TO LOU.” “Well,” says John Cale, ““as soon as you see that number 50, you just know something’s coming up p.” Back in April of 2016, celebrating 50 years since the recording of The Velvet Underground & Nico, the band’s co-founder appeaared at La Philharmonie de Paris with a full band and string quartet and performed d the landmark album in full, with guest conttributions from Mark Lanegan, Animal Collecctive and Pete Doherty. Now, with the 50th anniversary of the album’s release looming, Cale is set to do it all over again, but this timee in Liverpool, with a different roster of gueests. “Liverpool cottoned onto o the idea,” says…

3 min.
2 sampha

“I FELT LIKE I WAS TRAVELLING OUTSIDE OF WHERE I WAS IN LONDON TO WEST AFRICA.” Sampha Sisay’s earliest musical memory is watching a VHS tape of Michael Jackson’s performance at Motown’s 25th birthday TV special. It was the night Jacko unveiled his moonwalk, hitting the boost button on his solo career in the process. “I wanted to emulate him,” says Sampha. “He was my first musical love. I could never do the moonwalk that well, but I tried!” Two decades later and 27-year-old Sampha also stands on the cusp of stardom. His voice – a combination of emotional heft, fragility and molasses-rich, soulful power – has already kept heavy company. Back in 2013, the south Londoner was invited to write and sing on Drake’s album, Nothing Was The Same. He’s also…