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MOJO

November 2020

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.

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
H BAUER PUBLISHING LIMITED
Frequency:
Monthly
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12 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
this month’s contributors include…

Neal Preston Tour photographer for Led Zeppelin, The Who & Bruce Springsteen, Neal worked with Queen from the mid ’70s in a similar role. He was on the famed South America tour of ’81, at Live Aid in ’85, and on the final tour with Freddie Mercury in ’86. More, p72. Irwin Chusid Irwin administers the music estates of Sun Ra, Raymond Scott, and Curt Boettcher, as he strives to turn miracles for R. Stevie Moore, Beth Sorrentino, and The Mighty Sparrow. He’s hosted radio shows on WFMU since 1975 and now recommends mindexpanding Sun Ra LPs, p38. Jim Irvin MOJO’s founding Features Editor and calligrapher of our logo’s tag-line, today Jim concentrates on songwriting. On page 28, he meets one of that craft’s greats, Ray Davies. Jim also chats with creators of iconic songs…

7 min.
escape from reality

HOW MANY IDEAS CAN YOU PACK INTO ONE SONG? The extravaganza of Bohemian Rhapsody is often seen as a one-off in rock history, but its vaulting ambition, classical aspirations, multiple movements, cavalier bombast, literary flourishes, palpable decadence and overwhelming lust for drama are not quite as rare as you might think. This month for the MOJO CD, we’ve plucked 15 intricately bejewelled wonders from the more rococo corners of our record collections, a quest that’s taken us into the worlds of art rock, glam, chamber pop, psychedelia, space disco and, eventually, to the outer margins of prog. Not much on this compilation exactly sounds like Bohemian Rhapsody, but something about all of these diverse tracks capture its indomitable spirit of adventure. An audacious concept, or six. Symphonic pretensions. A theatrical turn…

5 min.
all back to my place

Robert Plant SPACE SHIFTER OF STRANGE SENSATIONS What music are you currently grooving to? Bob Dylan, Rough And Rowdy Ways. From Judas to Jehovah - beatified and crucified comes the Ragged Phoenix. This is vital stuff. From the richest vein… reflections at sunset from the Voyage of Sinbad. What, if push comes to shove, is your all-time favourite album? Love, Forever Changes - no surprise here. Through all my zig-zag times I run for shelter to this incomprehensible masterpiece. What was the first record you ever bought? And where did you buy it? Shop Around by The Miracles, from Mark & Moody’s record shop in Stourbridge. Which musician, other than yourself, have you ever wanted to be? My grandad Robert Shropshire Plant. He played trombone, piano and fiddle. Leader of Dudley Port Drinking Band - ultimate Yam Yam. What do…

7 min.
theories, rants, etc.

IN ALL HONESTY, EDITOR’S LETTERS can be a bit of a contrived business, as you grasp for threads among the eclectic contents of a typical MOJO. This month, though, our two major features have the kind of unlikely coincidence that happens by accident rather than design. Much of Bohemian Rhapsody, by Queen, and Crocodiles, the debut album by Echo And The Bunnymen, were recorded at the same remote studio complex in Monmouthshire. It was here, at Rockfield, that Queen spent the late summer of 1975 stacking the vocals for what became one of rock’s most ambitious productions. “We had more tracks than The Beatles had,” remembers Brian May. “But, of course, it’s not enough when you’re trying to do the complex things we were trying.” And here, five short years…

3 min.
“i hope to god i’m not a pussy!”

‘‘I’D LOVE to go to an artists’ retreat for a year and write songs,” says Sinead O’Connor from home in Ireland, “but I’ve got kids and cats and I haven’t got time.” While her 2020 tour dates are postponed until next year, the singer’s currently experiencing a burst of activity triggered by her live return in 2019 - a welcome relief after the disorder that preceded it. “I had a hysterectomy in 2015 and the same year one of my children became very unwell... I became very unwell and it took me five years to recover,” she explains. “I wasn’t able to work; I was in hospital for eight months up until May last year, and when I came out I had 8,000 quid in the bank and immediately got a…

3 min.
ex-ds norman pilcher - aka ‘semolina pilchard’ - comes clean with bent coppers

THE BEATLES namechecked several real-life characters in song - Harold Wilson, Doris Day, Bob Dylan - but none quite as notorious as Detective Sergeant Norman ‘Nobby’ Pilcher, also known as I Am The Walrus’s ‘Semolina Pilchard’. By the track’s release in November 1967, Pilcher was already the bête noire of the British music scene, leading Drug Squad raids on the homes of Brian Jones, Dusty Springfield and others. Accusations that Pilcher allegedly planted drugs on his ‘victims’ abounded, and after more high-profile arrests - John Lennon and George Harrison among them - the DS seemingly got his come-uppance when he was sent to prison in 1973 for perverting the course of justice. A fitting end to a tawdry tale. But not quite. Aged 85, Pilcher has finally decided to tell his side…