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MOJO Issue 287

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

Keith Cameron MOJO’s Contributing Editor first met Dave Grohl in 1990, shortly before the drummer joined Nirvana. Keith has been on his case ever since. “Are we going to do this for the rest of our lives?” the Foo Fighter asked during a 2007 interview. It would appear so: the pair’s latest encounter starts on p66. Dave DiMartino A former editor of CREEM, Billboard and Yahoo Music, Dave has always wondered what that weird noise was in MacArthur Park – and asks Jimmy Webb himself about it on p38. He is currently compiling a methodically inaccurate, deliberately skewed history of rock'n'roll. Ian Wright Still hands on, Wright, who illustrates this month’s Lead Album (see p87), also draws for Straight No Chaser mag, reads Alexander MacLeod, Steve Toltz and Val Wilmer, listens to Charlie Bones, Ross…

6 min.
teen spirit

F, AS ACCORDING TO DAVE MARKEY’S CLASSIC documentary, 1991 was the year punk broke, then the following year saw it genuinely exert its grip on mainstream culture. A defining moment saw Nirvana effectively curating the Reading Festival bill on the Sunday, August 30. No other act had wielded the power to do so in the history of the festival, highlighting both how huge Nirvana were but also how far the entire US alternative underground scene had come in the space of two years. This bespoke MOJO compilation is a reflection of that scene and of its emergence, gathering together 15 tracks whose power has remained undimmed during the course of the last 25 years or so. Some of the artists included here played Reading in that fateful year, others merely…

5 min.
all back to my place

Amber Arcades DREAM POP LAWYER What music are you currently grooving to? Solange! I saw her show at Glastonbury and was blown away. It’s hard to put this in the right words, but it was very moving to experience that performance and feel that that music was definitely not written for me – being a white person – but to still be so touched by it I almost cried. So, Seat At The Table, been listening to it ever since, trying to grasp it. What, if push comes to shove, is your all-time favourite album? I have to go with Deerhunter, Halycon Digest, it’s the record that’s been such an eye-opener for me in all its eclecticism. I was coming from a very folky period and this record just hurled me into a whole other…

8 min.
theories, rants, etc.

ON AUGUST 30, 1992, NIRVANA HEADLINED the Sunday night at the Reading Festival on a bill they had also curated. It was the only time an act has hand-picked the line-up in the history of the legendary festival. This issue we re-live that momentous, fractious and mud-soaked day as former Nirvana man Dave Grohl returns with Concrete And Gold , the Foo Fighters’ most expansive album to date. Indeed, the album underlines the fact that, like Kurt Cobain, Grohl comes from a generation inspired by punk but weaned on ’70s rock. Join him on page 66 as he takes Keith Cameron on a personal journey through music. And there’s also news of a festival he’s curating later in the year: 25 years on, Dave Grohl seems to have come full…

3 min.
first cuts are the deepest

THE HOT NEWS AND BIZARRE STORIES FROM PLANET MOJO“WORKING WITH BARRY I THOUGHT, MAYBE I’M AS GOOD AS THEY SAY I AM!” To have your career scuppered once by the Bee Gees’ feuding might be deemed a misfortune; for it to happen twice seems like carelessness. Yet the ’70s solo career of P.P. Arnold, who found late ’60s fame as the Small Faces’ backing vocalist and with her own recordings for Andrew Oldham’s Immediate label, is more complex than that. Her tale of triumph and tragedy is to be told via a fascinating new album, The Turning Tide, which collects unreleased material from the period produced by Barry Gibb, Eric Clapton and guitarist Caleb Quaye. Eight tracks date from late 1969, when she first hooked up with Gibb, then at a loose…

3 min.
let it beeb?

“WE ARE VERY, VERY SHORTLY CUTTING SOME NEW STUFF.” Keith Richards Alongside the music, The Rolling Stones’ ’60s were full of incident, with Altamont, the Redlands bust, the Rock And Roll Circus and the free concert in Hyde Park just a few of the events scoured into the collective consciousness. Amidst Richard Havers’ new hardback broadcast-biography The Rolling Stones On Air In The Sixties, another flashpoint is illuminated in all its weird fascination: the band’s falling out with the BBC in 1964. As well as being handsomely illustrated and providing a wealth of info about the group’s appearances on radio, TV and beyond, the book reproduces lots of supporting documentation from the archives to thrill the inquisitive. Brian Jones’s bold letter from January 2, 1963, for example, asks for a BBC audition…