Thursday, 11 August 2011

MOJO magazine - Issue 214 Sept 2011

Not long after picking up last month's issue featuring Paul McCartney on the cover, I was thrilled and surprised to find the brand new issue of MOJO yesterday and even more surprised to find that it had been out for a number of weeks. Better still I discovered that The Chief himself Mr Noel Gallagher had compiled the issue's free CD and was also guest editor as well as having a massive feature on his new album included. With the NME in decline and Q not exactly being great anymore, MOJO continues to put other music publications to shame and is always worth the £4.50 for the CD alone, which always turns out to be a treat. So for the last three months I have for the first time in years decided to keep up with every issue of a music magazine, and MOJO is obviously the magazine that I will keep buying every issue of.

Noel has guest edited this month's Mojo Magazine, which is on the shelves now. The magazine also comes with a personally compiled covermount CD titled 'Well... All Right!' which features artists as diverse as Nina Simone, Black Mountain, Yage and Buffy Sainte-Marie.

The magazine has the first in-depth interview with Noel in which he talks about the writing and recording of his debut album 'Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds'. He also discusses several tracks which have helped shape his life.

The magazine features articles about poet John Cooper Clarke, Miles Kane, the roots of punk and James Brown which have all received Noel's seal of approval.

FREE CD! WELL... ALL RIGHT!: Your guest editor starts his MOJO takeover with this personally compiled and sequenced cd of rare rock’n’roll wonders. Featuring Buddy Holly, Black Mountain, Buffy Sainte-Marie, FJ McMahon, Conway Twitty, The Big Kids, The Woodentops and many more.
NOEL GALLAGHER: In this 16-page MOJO exclusive Will Hodgkinson speaks to the former Oasis songwriter about his return to recording, his new album, the end of his old band, that fateful plum and, on page 80, the essential films, books and music that define the man.
JOHN COOPER CLARKE: The bard of Salford, the punk Dylan, the baudelaire of the north west, JCC takes Mark Paytress from dandy teen modness to national treasure status via methadone lows, sopranos highs and everything in between.
MILES KANE: He’s got the suits, style and famous friends. Now the other last shadow puppet is back with a new band and a new LP to step out on his own. Tom Doyle listens in.
PRE-PUNK: The roots of punk go back to 1970, as pockets of noise, violence and protest tried to defeat the hippies and destroy all pop. Jon Savage seeks danger in the past while MOJO chooses the 50 best pre-punk scorchers.
JAMES BROWN: When Mr Dynamite arrived at Polydor in 1970 he brought with him a new band, a new sound and a whole new attitude. Lois Wilson revisits the years of total soul revolution.
NIC JONES: The great hope of ’70s folk, jones almost died in a horrific car crash 30 years ago, his genius lost to myth and memory. Now, after an astonishing comeback, he speaks exclusively to Nick Coleman about his long, slow return.

33 PAGES OF REVIEWS INCLUDING: Tinariwen, TV On The Radio, Steve Cropper, Beirut, Baxter Dury, Jonathan Wilson, Jim Capaldi, Jim Ford, the month in vinyl, Augustus Pablo, Red Crayola, Grace Slick, A.J. Weberman documentary, Miles Davis in Montreux, a musical about West Coast hip hop, Chet Baker, Bj√∂rk, Bright Ey
es and many more.
PLUS!: Peter Gabriel’s new record, Lou Reed, Mick Jagger, Terri Hooley, Jesse Rae, Michael Kiwanuka, ZZ Top, Marc Almond, Suzi Quatro, Abigail Washburn and Neville Skelly.
AND FINALLY...”You’ve got to admire the vision of someone with the vision to invent an entire language.” But who could our guest editor be talking about?

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