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MOJO

June 2021
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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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Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
H BAUER PUBLISHING LIMITED
Frequency:
Monthly
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12 Issues

in this issue

7 min.
mojo into tomorrow

INCLUDING BLACK PUMAS, P.P. ARNOLD, RICHARD HAWLEY, DURAND JONES & THE INDICATIONS + A PAUL WELLER RARITY! IT’S A TRICKY JOB BEING GUEST EDITOR OF MOJO, AS David Bowie, Tom Waits, Noel Gallagher and Keith Richards have all found out over the years. The role requires great stature, an awe-inspiring body of work, and a serious appetite for the music of others – the latter not always a given among rock legends. Paul Weller, though, is an impeccably qualified candidate. Over the past few years especially, his own dynamic productivity has been matched by an insatiable drive to discover new sounds. “Music has been my most reliable friend – and I am blessed with many great friends,” he tells us this month. “Music’s a spiritual force, it covers so much ground: as…

5 min.
all back to my place

Sharon Van Etten STAGE AND SCREEN STAR What music are you currently grooving to? Adriana McCassim’s debut EP Quiet Sides. [She] reminds me of my younger self. She worked as an intern at a management company, learned how to record herself and others, as well as thriving on constant motion, inspired by heartbreak, yet feeling rooted in self-awareness and contemplation. What, if push comes to shove, is your all-time favourite album? Fleetwood Mac’s Tusk. Makes me miss playing with my band and embracing the flaws of live feels. What was the first record you ever bought? And where did you buy it? Elastica’s first album. I was 14. I bought this at a Sam Goody at the mall, on cassette, the summer we were driving cross-country from New Jersey to drop my brother off at college in…

7 min.
theories, rants, etc.

E-mail to: mojoreaders@bauermedia.co.uk HELLO DEAR READERS, it is a great pleasure to be asked to edit this particular issue of our favourite music mag. An honour, too. MOJO has consistently brought us incredible features on our favourite artists and introduced new ones too. I, like many, remember buying the first issue with John’n’Bob, and haven’t ever stopped. Regardless of who’s on the cover, I know there’ll be something of interest to me. With some of the greatest music writers around, MOJO is always quality and with no other agenda than to bring you all this fantastic music, month after month, year after year. I also wanna mention the brilliant Art Director Wags – maybe someone you don’t know, but he’s the brain behind creatively putting this mag together month after month and that’s…

3 min.
time and grace

FOR JEFF Buckley’s mother Mary Guibert, meeting actor Reeve Carney meant there was no doubt who’d play her son in a new biopic. “They were introduced and… it’s not just that Reeve looks exactly like Jeff, but he sounds exactly like Jeff,” says Orian Williams, the producer and director of the just announced Everybody Here Wants You. “When he sings, you really think it’s him. Mary watched him and said, ‘Yeah, that’s my son.’” Bagging Carney, a respected Broadway actor and musician who co-stars in Ridley Scott’s forthcoming movie House Of Gucci, was one of the more serendipitous twists in Guibert’s tortuous 13-year mission to bring her son’s life to the big screen. The story began a decade or so after Buckley mysteriously drowned in the Mississippi River on May 29,…

3 min.
bobby gillespie and jehnny beth partner up for deep soul heartache on utopian ashes

“I GREW UP in France hearing male and female voices singing together on Serge Gainsbourg records,” says former Savages firebrand Jehnny Beth of Utopian Ashes, the extraordinarily powerful duets album she and Bobby Gillespie have recorded together. “It’s something that’s in my blood”. Its nine tracks have a strong narrative thread, placing a soured marriage under an unflinching, often uncomfortable scrutiny worthy of mid-’70s Lou Reed. “I want to put pain back into rock music,” says Gillespie. The collaboration was sparked in 2015, when both appeared at Suicide’s farewell UK show at London’s Barbican. After the pair voiced Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood’s Some Velvet Morning at a Scream appearance in Bristol in 2016, there were two exploratory five-day sessions in Paris in early 2017, which yielded “electronic soundscapes” topped with random…

1 min.
gimme five… laughs on record

Elvis Presley Are You Lonesome Tonight (RCA, 1991) This August ’69 Vegas live performance starts off professionally until, legend has it, Elvis was distracted by a bald reveller who’d cast aside his toupee to dance. Cue ad-libbed words, corpsing, convulsing and wiggy falsetto bvs. The Marathons Talkin’ Trash (ARVEE 45, 1961) The flip of ’61 hit Peanut Butter by the Los Angeles vocal group who also traded as The Vibrations and The Jay Hawks, this goofball R&B portrays a hapless suitor getting convincingly giggled at for two minutes 25 by his love interest. Frank Zappa Watermelons In Easter Hay (ZAPPA, 1979) After all the outrage and satire of Joe’s Garage, Zappa cracks up in character as the ‘Central Scrutinizer’ (“ultimately, who gives a fuck?”) only for one of his most lyrical and beautiful guitar extemporisations to wrongfoot the…