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MOJO Issue 289

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

Clinton Heylin Heylin is a leading rock historian, with over two dozen books to his name, including Dylan biog Behind The Shades. He writes about Dylan’s conversion to Christianity (p68). His latest book, Trouble In Mind: Bob Dylan’s Gospel Years, is reviewed on p113. Guy Eppel “On a hot and steamy day in rural Ohio,” says New York-based photographer Guy Eppel, “I meet one of Cincinnati’s favourite sons, Bootsy Collins. He gave me his real self to capture and I got to be enveloped in his aura of awesomeness.” Open that envelope on p40. RJ Smith RJ Smith was born in Detroit and has written about really good and really bad music since a time when Ted Nugent was good. He interviews Bootsy Collins on page 40. His biography of the photographer and film-maker Robert…

7 min.
true faith

THERE’S A THEORY THAT ALL MUSIC BEGAN AS AN accompaniment to sacred rite (just get Julian Cope on the topic) and there’s a quality of transcendence, of transportation to the very best that takes us out of ourselves. The 15 tracks included here – derived from the gospel and hymnal traditions that run through folk, R&B, country and rock – put a name to it, but the feelings they tap into are non-denominational. Certainly the quality of vehemence, of righteous ire in the opening version of Dylan’s Slow Train (which we’re proud to premiere here) will be recognisable to fans of the earlier Dylan of, say, Masters Of War, and can be appreciated by any fan of powerful music. Dylan’s new Trouble No More – Bootleg 13 box, on which…

5 min.
all back to my place

Gary Numan OUR FRIEND ELECTRIC What music are you currently grooving to? An album called Elysium For The Brave by Azam Ali. My new album has a number of Eastern flavourings and I listened to several of Azam Ali’s albums, and others with a Middle Eastern vibe, to try and learn a little more about the melodies and instrumentation that they use. What, if push comes to shove, is your all-time favourite album? I have several that I love, but I’ll go for Songs Of Faith And Devotion by Depeche Mode. It came along at a time when my career was at an all-time low and it encouraged me to go back to writing about things I was genuinely interested in, rather than continue my entirely unsuccessful attempts to write chart hits. What was the first…

7 min.
theories, rants, etc.

IT’S COLD IN THE WILDERNESS. THAT’S WHAT Bob Dylan found in 1979, when his startling spiritual rethink and fierce new music caused consternation among fans and fellow musicians. In 2017, with the help of a new Bootleg Series release, it’s possible at last to pronounce the band Dylan convened to take that message to the world as amongst his best ever, but that does nothing to obscure the daring of an artist who’d grown used to defying expectations and forging his own path, whatever the cost to his own comfort, coffers or career. You can hear the special sound they made on this month’s covermount CD – Track 1. Tom Petty, who died just days before this issue of MOJO went to press, was another who did things his own way.…

2 min.
high and sly

THE HOT NEWS AND BIZARRE STORIES FROM PLANET MOJO “SLY ORDERED THREE WHITE RUSSIANS, WHICH HE DRANK IN 90 SECONDS.” Photographer Neal Preston was driving east along the Santa Monica freeway one day in 1979 when Sly Stone, riding shotgun, pulled out a crack pipe and butane torch and got busy. After a cat-and-mouse week of missed meetings, the duo were finally heading towards a photo shoot; Preston on assignment for People magazine, “human crapshoot” Stone dressed incongruously in army fatigues. “I didn’t think the LAPD would have taken too kindly to the bonfire of cocaine,” says Preston. “But you roll with the punches.” Involving a “mountain of blow”, the resulting portraits, which are featured in Preston’s newly-released compendium, Exhilarated And Exhausted, carried a distinct element of havoc, with Stone wielding a knife…

3 min.
25 years later…

“DIVIDENDS PAY FOR THOSE WHO TAKE THE MUSIC SERIOUSLY.” Jools Holland Governments fall, nations totter and the world changes. Some things, though, are more certain; Like Later… With Jools Holland, BBC2’s crown jewel music television programme that’s brought eras and genres together with respectful eclecticism since 1992. At press time, the last edition – episode two of series 51 (!) – featured Marty Stuart, Josh Homme, Jessie Ware and Morrissey. “I had a great chat in the dressing room with Morrissey,” says host Jools. “We were talking about how what you had pinned on your walls as a teenager defined who you are. He had the New York Dolls and Ayshea Brough from Lift Off With Ayshea. I had Arthur Lowe and Bunk Johnson.” The sound of New Orleans jazz and blues, and…