Posted: October 1, 2022 in MUSIC

“I, for one, am sick of doing sounds that people can claim to have heard before.”

These are the words of Paul McCartney in June 1966, charging headlong into the sonic unknown via the pages of NME. He’s talking about a new track The Beatles have recorded with “electronic effects” and words from the Tibetan Book Of The Dead. The track, of course, will soon be unveiled as Tomorrow Never Knows, and its parent album, “Revolver“, will ultimately be understood as where The Beatles consolidated their song writing brilliance while broadening their musical horizons. Now gifted and ambitious bands could go anywhere, try anything, without necessarily alienating their fans.

This month in MOJO we celebrate the arrival of a kaleidoscopic new, expanded edition of “Revolver”. And we also reflect on how The Beatles, so eager to explore a wider world of sound, made a magazine like MOJO possible. Stockhausen “opens your eyes and ears,” McCartney told NME, and Stockhausen figures on the eclectic roster of one of MOJO’s boldest CDs ever – “The Meaning Of Within” – alongside other outré Beatles influences like Ravi ShankarTimothy LearyOrnette ColemanDelia DerbyshireAMMJohn Cage and Nat King Cole.

Also in the issue you’ll find many more radical artists, like BjörkDon CherryBlack FlagDry CleaningBig Joanie, , Diamanda Galas and Brian Eno. They might not all be to everyone’s taste, but they all make a kind of sense next to one another, vital parts of our latest monthly tack through music’s wild and diverse expanses.

Plus! A staggering extract from Nick Cave’s new book. Graham Coxon on Blur, Britpop and way beyond. The chaotic last stand of Joe StrummerBlue Oyster CultThe EqualsLewis TaylorMickey JuppLee FieldsBeth OrtonLamont DozierThe CultMusical Youth. And the ‘90s band who could have been the new Beatles (It’s not Oasis).

The Stones and The Who “visibly sat up” when the Beatles played them “Tomorrow Never Knows” for the first time, Paul McCartney reports in 1966. “We also played it to Cilla… who just laughed!”

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