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COVER STORY: ROGER DALTREY The Who’s psychological rock and stentorian mouthpiece flies solo (well, nearly) and offers a rare glimpse beneath his armour. Pete Townshend, Wilko Johnson and more weigh in on what makes him tick. “The Who was my band,” he tells Tom Doyle. “You have to remember that.”
FREE CD: BIG SENSATION MOJO’s covermount CD collects R&B nuggets from the birth of Mod. Bobby Parker, Chris Kenner, Ernie K-Doe and Rosco Gordon target the dancefloor.
RY COODER The wisdom of L.A.’s slide guitar king and roots music lightning rod. To wit: “Rock’n’roll in general is very distorting – it’s like a mirror in a funhouse.”
COURTNEY BARNETT As her second album hits, Australia’s neo-grunge wordsmith has the world at her feet. How will she cope? “The pressure is definitely there,” she tells Jenny Bulley.
YES Over half a century, the caped crusaders of prog have solo’d through triumph and tragedy, line-up (and key) changes. Yes’s latest twist? There’s now two of them.
SISTER ROSETTA THARPE Saluted at last by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: the gospel belter and guitar pioneer who inspired Bob Dylan and rocked a railway station in Chorlton.