As he returns with an atmospheric solo album that keys into classic Bruce themes and landscapes, MOJO tells the story of its gestation and explores Springsteen’s America with the help of Steve Van Zandt, Nils Lofgren and more. Our covermount CD celebrates 10 years of Jack White’s Third Man label and includes Jack acts The White Stripes, The Dead Weather and Raconteurs, while inside the mag we hang out in Nashville with the last-named, reconstituted and rocking hard. Also in this issue, Captain Beefheart, Idles, P.P. Arnold, Spiritual Jazz, Jane’s Addiction and Madonna in the MOJO Interview. Plus: back to art school with Pete Townshend; Brittany Howard – inside the Alabama Shakes’ frontwoman’s solo album; a Roky Erikson tribute; Diana Ross; Youth’s y-fronts and more.
COVER STORY: BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN The Boss’s new album, Western Stars, is a deep delve into his multi-layered America. David Fricke mines his Bruce encounters to explore its long gestation and epic sounds. Loyal E Streeters Steve Van Zandt and Nils Lofgren fill out the picture.
COVERMOUNT CD: LET’S SHAKE HANDS 15 incredible tracks from Jack White’s Third Man vault. Acts include The White Stripes, The Raconteurs, The Dead Weather, Alabama Shakes, Bush Tetras, Joshua Hedley, A-Moms and more.
MADONNA World rhythms, gun laws, the Book Of Revelations: it’s all go in La Ciccone’s MOJO Interview. “I did a dance to Baba O’Riley,” she informs a startled Danny Eccleston.
THE RACONTEURS Jack White relaxes with his buds in Nashville’s greatest supergroup since Dolly, Linda and Emmylou. Meanwhile, Third Man turns 10 with typical brouhaha.
CAPTAIN BEEFHEART Fifty years on from Trout Mask Replica – the weird album’s weird album – MOJO finds its cast nearly recovered: “There was so much hell emotionally.”
IDLES The angry, heartfelt music of Britain’s most fervently followed band is catching on abroad. MOJO’s Mr Cameron goes to Washington for one hell of a filibuster.
P.P. ARNOLD In the ’60s, she coulda been a contender. Now the Anglo-US Queen of the Mods is having a second wind. “I made a lot of bad decisions,” she tells Tom Doyle.
JANE’S ADDICTION When Hollywood’s funky grunge alchemists made 1990’s Ritual De Lo Habitual, they poured in all the drugs, sex and pain that fit. No wonder it finished them off.
REVIEWED David Berman’s Purple Mountains / The Black Keys / Prince / black midi / The Rolling Stones / Lloyd Cole / Aretha Franklin / Sarathy Korwar / 75 Dollar Bill / Willie Nelson / Youssou N’Dour / David Bowie
PLUS Pete Townshend: The Art School Years / How To Buy… Spiritual Jazz / Bob Dylan’s Mockumentary / Diana Ross – in the flesh / Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard goes solo / Sabbath superfans go ape / Bedouine and The Budos Band rise up / Clem Cattini’s Tornados triumph… and torment / Ricky Lee Jones gets out the art materials / Roky Erickson and Leon Redbone – missing you already / And… Maceo Parker!