Mojo Magazine Issue 333 (August 2021) Amy Winehouse
MOJO MARKS THE 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY of the tragic death of the most precocious singing and songwriting talent of the century so far. Musicians and collaborators assemble to explore the music of Amy Winehouse, while MOJO writers (and Bill, and Marianne) remember the Rolling Stones’ magpie masterpiece, Sticky Fingers. Also in the issue: Billy Gibbons on supercharging the blues; the dawn of solo Nico; Family’s Roger Chapman holds his own. Plus: Jackson Browne, The Stranglers, Yola, Crowded House, Durand Jones, Chrissie Hynde, Violent Femmes, Squid, Laura Nyro, Wendy Sprout, Questlove’s funky movie and much more!
THIS MONTH’S COVERMOUNT CD tips the wink to Sticky Fingers, and celebrates the R&B and roots nuggets spawned by little old Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Stars: Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Gregg Allman, Bettye Lavette, Drive-By Truckers, Jason Isbell and more!
COVER STORY: AMY WINEHOUSE Ten years since her tragic death, the depth and breadth of the Southgate soul diva’s dazzling talents are still being fathomed. Friends and colleagues celebrate a singer and songwriter sans pareil.
THE ROLLING STONES Fifty years old and still swaggering, Sticky Fingers is unzipped by our panel of experts. Plus: the final destination of the Rolling Stones Mobile!
NICO Have the creative gifts of the VU siren been belittled? A focus on her early solo albums and seismic encounter with Jim Morrison suggests so.
BILLY GIBBONS Texan blues surrealist, stylist and survivor: ZZ Top’s mainman runs on a full tank of brio. But does he sleep with his beard under or over the covers?
ROGER CHAPMAN Family’s force majeure chose rock over jail, but at 79 he’s no closer to compromising: “I just get on stage and sing things I like.”
CROWDED HOUSE The Antipodes’ second-biggest pop export are back, after self-doubt, sackings and a suicide. Fleetwood Mac a role model? Surprisingly, yes.
YOLA Deep soul stirrings from the Brit belter, now with added attitude (and Dan Auerbach). “Nashville’s been a magic place for me,” she tells Bill DeMain.
VIOLENT FEMMES Gordon Gano’s acousti-punks turned busking into records before turning on each other. MOJO talks to all the members of a band ahead of its time.
REVIEWED Durand Jones / Laura Nyro / David Crosby / U-Roy / Chrissie Hynde / Lump / Scientists / David Bowie / Mudhoney / Modest Mouse / Laura Mvula / Annette Peacock / Cedric Burnside / Hiss Golden Messenger / Ian Carr / Lukas Nelson / Kings Of Convenience / The Wallflowers / Snapped Ankles
PLUS Questlove’s soul ’69 doc / Dhani Harrison unboxes All Thing Must Pass / Stranglers are Working! / Squid and Arooj Aftab are Rising! / Jackson Browne’s dirty secret / Prefab Sprout: Wendy speaks! / Ellen McIlwane is still here / How To Buy... Super Furry Animals / All Back To Joan Armatrading’s / The mighty Fred Dellar bows out