In this issue
FREE CD!: MOJO PRESENTS COMMUNION: A new generation of songwriters and a celebration of the London’s label’s finest featuring Mumford & Sons, Marcus Foster, Ben Howard, Johnny Flynn, Jay Jay Pistolet, Alessi’s Ark and more!
BOB MARLEY: In his final years, exiled from Jamaica through countless tours, Bob Marley set about crafting a final political trilogy. David Hutcheon speaks to family and friends about the passion and politics that fuelled those final years. Also, we return to the Peckham school where Bob and Johnny Nash made a guest appearance in 1972, while Johnny Marr, Max Romeo, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Sly Dunbar and others reappraise the singers recorded output.
PAUL SIMON: The Newark-born king of song looks back on the Brill Building, a boy called Artie, and the African diaspora. James McNair feels the grey fedora.
NEW ORDER: The guys who came in from the cold. Ian Harrison speaks to Barney, Hooky, Stephen and Gillian about how they survived the loss of Ian Curtis and crafted the new weird ’80s disco sound of Temptation and Blue Monday.
AFROCUBISM: Or how the musicians of Mali finally got round to hooking up with The Buena Vista Social Club, 15 years after they were expected. David Hutcheon hears a tale of slip-ups, misdirected passports and beautiful music.
THE TROGGS: Back in 1966 there was nothing louder or wilder than The Troggs. Phil Sutcliffe meets with Reg Presley and the gang to find out how a startling run of hits turned to a world of legal nightmares.
RICKIE LEE JONES: In 1979 she had a Top 5 album, five Grammy nominations, and Tom Waits for her boyfriend. But she was sailing into a squall of drugs and heartbreak, as heard on 1980’s Pirates. Bob Mehr holds the tiller.
COMMUNION: Dan Stubbs profiles the grass roots record label run by Mumford & Sons’ Ben Lovett that spawned the careers of Laura Marling, Johnny Flynn and more.
REVIEWED!: Bon Iver / My Morning Jacket / Arctic Monkeys / Duane Eddy / White Denim / Stevie Nicks / Depeche Mode / Suede / Candi Staton / Paul McCartney / Charlie Rich / Rory Gallagher / Dug Dug’s and many, many more!
PLUS!: Depeche Mode speak / Libertines film unveiled / Alice Cooper…in 4D / Introducing Clock Opera & Gallops / In the studio with Cee Lo Green / Miles Kane’s Self Portrait / Thurston Moore faces MOJO’s Rock’n’roll Confidential / Farewell, Poly Styrene…
AND FINALLY… How I Wrote Wild Thing, by Chip Taylor!