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MOJO Issue 283

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

Chris Nelson MOJO regular Chris was first spellbound by Chuck Berry as a five-year-old, spinning an original Roll Over Beethoven 45 that he inherited from his aunt. As part of our tribute to Chuck, Chris talks to Charles Berry Jr about his dad’s last album. Turn to page 50. Merri Cyr Merri has been documenting musicians for a couple of decades and has photographed over 80 LP covers. Currently house photographer for NYC events at Apple, she is working on her book 25 Years Of Grace (available to pre-order at backwingstore.com/grace ). Her photos of Jeff Buckley start on p52. Jon Savage Jon Savage has been a contributor to MOJO since the very first issue. His most recent book is 1966: The Year The Decade Exploded, while his compilation 1967: The Year The Decade Divided…

6 min.
children of pepper

QUESTION: IS SGT... PEPPER THE ‘BEST’ BEATLES ALBUM? Answer: “I think it’s the most influential Beatles album,” says Paul McCartney speaking to MOJO for this month’s exclusive cover story. And, you have to concede, that he is indeed right. As Jon Savage’s breakdown of the 13 tracks on offer outlines, Pepper is the source of endless idealism and bold musical experimentation. It is that duality that has fed in to so much of the music made in the five decades that have elapsed since its release. The 15 pieces of music that make up this bespoke MOJO collection reflect as much. Welcome, then, to a celebration of music made by artists whose work continues to allow us to dream of tangerine trees and marmalade skies… 1 Ty Segall The Clock Having been known to…

5 min.
all back to my place

Valerie June ORGANIC-MOONSHINE-ROOTS-MUSIC-MAKER What music are you currently grooving to? I landed in Tennessee yesterday and I plugged in my iPhone in this rental car and Taj Mahal’s Ain’t Gwine To Whistle Dixie (Any Mo’) came on, and that is a song I played for my dad, in Nashville, right at the same spot. So I knew he was talking to me. I’m learning a new language of how to communicate with him since he’s gone. I’ve been listening to it on repeat for the last 30 hours. What, if push comes to shove, is your all-time favourite album? The Milk-Eyed Mender by Joanna Newsom. Or if the house is on fire, I might grab Dolly Parton’s Jolene. What was the first record you ever bought? And where did you buy it? Imagine by John Lennon…

7 min.
theories, rants, etc.

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU ACTUALLY listened to Sgt. Pepper? I mean, properly listened to it? The album’s familiarity is such, the songs so ingrained in our collective consciousness, that it’s an almost impossible task. And yet, Giles Martin’s new mix of Pepper genuinely provides us all with the opportunity to listen to The Beatles’ most influential album afresh. Sitting in Abbey Road a few months back, that experience proved revelatory, Giles’s restoration underlining the sonic adventurism on offer. So, as Paul McCartney revisits 1967 (see page 64), we celebrate Pepper reborn! Listen to it closely, but be warned! It may well blow your mind all over again… Rally the land to rebellion I have to say that I really enjoyed your decision to get Roger Waters to revisit Animals [MOJO…

4 min.
ghosts in the machine

“RECORDING STUDIOS HAVE SORT OF BEEN CHURCHES FOR MUSIC.”Jack White There’s a priceless moment in American Epic: The Sessions, the final instalment of a group of films slated for broadcast on BBC Four and PBS in mid-May. Jack White has helped persuade a procession of star musicians to pop into a Los Angeles studio and cut tunes straight to a vintage Scully lathe – just the type of machine that would have recorded folk, blues and country artists in the 1930s. Trouble is, the webbing strap which holds the weight that descends to spin the lathe at a fixed RPM, suddenly snaps. Disaster! Except… not when the session’s prime mover is a former master upholsterer. White jumps into his car, film-makers in attendance, and races to a local cleaner/tailor, commandeers a sewing…

3 min.
the waterboys

“HIP-HOP… I LOVE ITS RECKLESS FREEDOM.” It’s not every day you hear Mike Scott impersonate a US police officer singing opera while putting up a bookshelf, but The Waterboys’ chief does so fleetingly on New York I Love You, an episodic, character-rich newie that owes something to the riff from The Velvet Underground’s Sweet Jane. If Scott sounds especially buoyant on his upcoming double set, it’s with good reason. “There are about 15 love songs – many more than I’ve put on a record before,” he says, alluding to his courtship of – and subsequent marriage to – the Japanese artist Megumi Igarashi, AKA Rokudenashiko. Work on Out Of All This Blue – the title comes from a song that didn’t make the cut – began in June 2015. It was largely…