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MOJO

April 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
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1 min.
this month's contributors include...

Fred Dellar It's been a long haul for Fred (pictured with his good pal Stan Britt (right)), whose CV includes spraying silver spots on ladies’ handbag mirrors and peeling spuds. Oddly, he says he much prefers writing for MOJO. As he does every issue, he brings his expertise to Time Machine, Ask Fred and the MOJO Crossword. Bob Mehr Bob travelled to the Great White North to untangle the tale of soulful Vancouver singer-songwriter Frazey Ford (page 44). “Her story is a dramatic and labyrinthine family narrative – and so much of that imbues her music,” says the 17-year MOJO man, author of the New York Times bestseller Trouble Boys: The True Story Of The Replacements. James Albon James Albon is an award-winning illustrator living in Edinburgh. He studied at Edinburgh College of Art, and…

7 min.
heavy soul

IN THE MONTHS BEFORE HE DIED, JIMI HENDRIX BEGAN MAPPING out a new musical territory. Increasingly, the psychedelia with which he had made his name was hitched to tougher, more soulful grooves, towards a sound where rock and funk could be channelled to the same righteous end. His short-lived Band Of Gypsys project would have been only the start of it; his death on September 18, 1970, brought this most tantalising of adventures to a tragic and premature close. The funk-rock imperative did not die with Hendrix, though. And for this belated follow-up to MOJO’s 2010 Heavy Soul comp, we’ve brought together a serious crew of musicians who carried on his mission. There are astral jammers, conscious poets, proto-punks and radical guitar heroes, drawn from the streets of Black America and…

5 min.
all back to my place

Anaïs Mitchell BONNY LIGHT HORSEWOMAN, PLAYWRIGHT What music are you currently grooving to? My bandmate Eric [D Johnson] from Bonny Light Horseman just turned me onto Folk Roots, New Routes by Shirley Collins And Davy Graham. I’m also obsessed with Christian Lee Hutson’s song Northsiders. I just came from the Grammys and was so impressed by Lizzo and Tyler, The Creator. What, if push comes to shove, is your all-time favourite album? Joni Mitchell’s Hejira! A sweeping, majestic aerial view, but also intimate and forthright in the lyrics, the musical quality of never quite ‘landing’, and her voice at its most expressive. What was the first record you ever bought? And where did you buy it? A C+C Music Factory album, Pearl Jam’s Ten, Nirvana’s Nevermind, and the OST to The Bodyguard, all at the…

7 min.
theories, rants, etc.

IT’S NOT SOMETHING WE TYPICALLY make a fuss about, but the Zelig-like ability of MOJO writers to have been in the right place at the right time certainly has its uses. How fortunate, for instance, that this month’s cover story on the last rites of Jimi Hendrix could be written by Michael Simmons. Michael’s research and insights are given a particular edge by the fact that he was a “stoned, long-haired freak, on the cusp of his 15th birthday,” at the Fillmore East on New Year’s Day, 1970; the Hendrix gig captured for posterity on the Band Of Gypsys album. Our man’s persistence has also uncovered some intriguing new details about Hendrix’s final months – not least the contents of a jewellery box brought backstage to the Fillmore by a man…

1 min.
mojo

Editor John Mulvey Senior Editor Danny Eccleston Art Editor Mark Wagstaff Associate Editor (Production) Geoff Brown Associate Editor (Reviews) Jenny Bulley Associate Editor (News) Ian Harrison Picture Editor Matt Turner Senior Associate Editor Andrew Male Associate Deputy Art Editor Russell Moorcroft Contributing Editors Phil Alexander, Keith Cameron, Sylvie Simmons For mojo4music.com contact Danny Eccleston Thanks for their help with this issue: Keith Cameron, Fred Dellar, Del Gentleman, Ian Whent, Sarah Hampson, Philip Yarnall. Among this month’s contributors: Martin Aston,John Aizlewood, Mark Blake,Mike Barnes,Will Birch, Glyn Brown,John Bungey,Keith Cameron,Stevie Chick,Andy Cowan,Fred Dellar,Dave Di Martino, Tom Doyle,Andy Fyfe,Pat Gilbert, David Katz,David Hutcheon,Jim Irvin,Colin Irwin,Andrew Male, James McNair,Bob Mehr,Chris Nelson,Lucy O’Brien,Mark Paytress, Andrew Perry,Jude Rogers,Jon Savage,Victoria Segal,David Sheppard,Michael Simmons,Sylvie Simmons,Mat Snow,Jeff Tamarkin, Ben Thompson,Kieron Tyler,Cathi Unsworth,Charles Waring,Roy Wilkinson,Lois Wilson, Stephen Worthy. Among this month’s photographers: Cover: Ed Thrasher; (insets) Getty, Alamy Fin Costello, Andrew Cotterill, Charles…

6 min.
a farewell to kings

“A BRILLIANT MAN who ruled our radios and turntables,” wrote Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl of Neil Peart, who succumbed to brain cancer aged 67. “Not only with his drumming, but also his beautiful words.” Peart was the drummer and principal lyricist of Canadian rock trio Rush. His virtuoso performance and lyrics informed their 1980s hits The Spirit Of Radio and Tom Sawyer, and 18 studio albums, including the multimillion-selling 2112, Permanent Waves and Moving Pictures, between 1974 and 2012. Rush were a cult band who became platinum artists. Yet despite hit records and arena status, Rush never lost their outsider image. It was something their audience admired and which was partly driven by Peart’s restless musicianship, lyrics and world-view. “I’ve never been happy with anything I’ve done, but I keep trying,” he…