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MOJO Issue 281

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

Just as 30 years ago, photographer/film-maker Corbijn is working with Depeche Mode on all visual output and with U2 on The Joshua Tree Tour and their new record (his classic shots of U2 start on p72). Currently also prepping his next movie, Anton’s book U 2 & i: The Photographs is still available. Andrew Male MOJO’s Senior Associate Editor, Andrew also currently writes for The Guardian, Sunday Times Culture and Sight & Sound. For this month’s issue he spoke to Umar Bin Hassan and Abiodun Oyewole of The Last Poets (see page 60). Inevitably, he is also working on a book. Michael Weldon Michael is an illustrator who lives in Melbourne, Australia. His work has appeared in Rolling Stone, The New Yorker and Time. His exhibition of portraits opens in Melbourne in May and…

6 min.
mojo presents 15 tracks of cosmic roots music

ACCORDING TO BONO, U2’S SEMINAL 1987 ALBUM, The Joshua Tree, is defined by “the mythic idea” of America rather than the reality of that country. Most recently, that reality has been severely challenged by social and political events. And yet for all the recent tumult, the idealism associated with the United States remains ingrained in our collective psyche. Music has played a central role in that perception celebrating and chronicling the sense of freedom that we so admire. Nowhere is that romantic notion more evident than in the wilds of the Mojave Desert – a place that seems symbolic of a deeper, ageless sense of truth. This month, MOJO is proud to bring you a collection that evokes the very spirit of that place. Indeed, the 15 songs included here…

5 min.
all back to my place

MUSICIAN, MODEL, WALKING GHOST What music are you currently grooving to? Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions’ new record, Until The Hunter,,, has been on a lot, and a friend got me Miles Davis’s Ascenseur Pour L’Échafaud for my birthday, which is really beautiful. And I love Kurt Vile. Wakin On A Pretty Daze has such a good groove. What, if push comes to shove, is your all-time favourite album? Cat Stevens’ Tea For The Tillerman. Every song is absolutely gorgeous. He has this way of being so tender while also quite harsh. Wild World is such a broken-hearted love song but it’s so brutal as well! What was the first record you ever bought? And where did you buy it? I collected tokens off a Kellogg’s Corn Flakes box when I was eight or nine,…

7 min.
theories, rants, etc.

“IT SEEMS LIKE WE’VE KIND OF COME FULL circle,” says Bono, assessing the current political climate. “We’re back there with a different cast of characters,” he adds, recalling the cultural uncertainty that shaped U2’s 1987 album, The Joshua Tree. Thirty years on, the context has changed slightly, but the same sense of insecurity has re-emerged. That is why, says Bono, the band are touring the album in question. A deeply personal record, The Joshua Tree is also a celebration of the great American ideal at its most open. That in itself could now be considered to be a political statement. Above all, The Joshua Tree reminds us that we should be ready for anything. And that music should still have the power to unite people and to reflect humanity at…

2 min.
wall of deaf

THE HOT NEWS AND BIZARRE STORIES FROM PLANET MOJO“CERTAIN PLACES, THEY DON’T WANT YOU TO PLAY WITH NO SHIRT ON.” It took until the ’80s for rock music to genuinely arrive in China, with French electronic pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre playing shows there in 1981 followed by Wham! four years later. More recently, thawing cultural relations have seen other Western artists playing the People’s Republic, Metallica among them. Having first played Shanghai in 2013, they returned to that city this January before playing in Beijing for the first time. “Beijing has a very different energy to Shanghai. You feel you’re in the capital and it’s probably a bit more regimented everywhere you go,” says drummer Lars Ulrich, interrupting a band rehearsal for a show at the Royal Arena in his hometown of Copenhagen…

3 min.
picture yourself

“I COULD NOT JUST INVENT CRAZY STUFF… IT HAD TO BE EXACT.” Which is the best Beatles record covers? Sgt.Pepper? The White Album? Yesterday And Today? MOJO’s money is on Revolverr, with its black and white combination of Aubrey Beardsley and photo collage presenting the group at their most surprising and subversive. Indeed, 50 years ago Beatles confidante Klaus Voormann won a Grammy for designing it. To celebrate the anniversary, he’s prepared a new boxed edition of his book Revolver 50, limited to just 500 copies. Including a signed Voormann drawing, it tells the story of the sleeve’s creation in comic-strip form, beginning on the Reeperbahn and taking in Abbey Road listening sessions and the Fabs’ reactions to the finished work. Ironically, Voormann was never much of a comics buff, he tells…