In this issue
FREE CD! THERE IS A LIGHT THAT NEVER GOES OUT: A compendium of indie classics, 1982-1987, featuring Felt, The La’s The Go-Betweens, Billy Bragg, Martin Stephenson and The Daintees, The Nightingales, The Weather Prophets, Television Personalities & more.
THE SMITHS: It’s a tale that’s been told before, but in this extract from his forthcoming biography of the Manchester four-piece Tony Fletcher reveals new details and brings new depths to the story of Morrissey, Marr, Rourke Joyce and the birth of a band. Plus Johnny Marr reveals details of his first solo album and Morrissey brings the noise back to Manchester.
DEXYS: The Midlands’ own post-punk soul rebel, Kevin Rowland, digs deep into his past to recall the clothes, haircuts, songs, mistakes and triumphs that comprise the remarkable history of Dexys Midnight Runners and beyond.
KRAFTWERK: Who built the robots? In this extract from his new book, David Buckley reveals the deep chaotic history of German’s most futuristic band, on the road to Autobahn.
BOB DYLAN: It began with a chance pick-up on the streets in the East Village and ended in the fiery chaos of The Rolling Thunder Revue. Michael Simmons revisits the accident, chaos, genius and controversy of Dylan’s most revealing album.
BILL FAY: He’s made one of the records of the year. His last great studio album was over 40 years ago. And this is his first ever face-to-face interview. A quiet, unassuming, great British songwriter meets Andrew Male for a cup of tea and a chat.
REVIEWED!: The xx / Bob Dylan / Aimee Mann / Toy / Animal Collective / Green Day / Grizzly Bear / Mumford & Sons / Sex Pistols / Woody Guthrie / SRC / Elbow / Taj Mahal / Lee Hazlewood / Waylon Jennings / Led Zeppelin / Jimi Hendrix / Freddie Mercury / Radiohead / Liz Fraser and much more.
PLUS! Blur at Hyde Park / Kenney Jones meets Bradley Wiggins / Freddie Mercury photo book unveiled / In the studio with Alicia Keys / The MOJO Playlist: this month’s essential tracks / Introducing... Ombre and Gary Clark Jr. / J Mascis’ Mind Blowers / Vangelis speaks / How I wrote All Right Now by Andy Fraser / MOJO Eyewitness – The Anarchy Toy ’76 / On the road with Tune-Yards / Farewell, Jon Lord, Kitty Wells and Bob Babbitt.