At its most elemental and powerful music can tap into the global consciouness and act as a genuine catalyst for change. In the new issue of MOJO, we focus on just such a period: 1969.

The impact of a re-energised Bob Dylan and the potential dissolution of The Beatles are at the heart of our story, alongside an examination of the changes of sensibilities that affected the UK scene.

Some of the traits of this tale are alarmingly familiar. The backdrop of global conflict, and the quest for authenticity are as relevant today as they were 34 years ago. So too is the role of music right now. We celebrate that fact with 2003 - a handy collection of tunes old and new that should see you through to the next issue...


Free CD! 2003 - 18 tracks from the year's best albums

THE BEATLES - The tangled, twisted history of how Let It be became Let It Be... Naked.

BOB DYLAN - How the arrival of The Basement Tapes in Britain changed the face of music.

1969 - The new testament. Mick Farren and Charles Shaar-Murray on the year everything changed. From psych whimsy to prog, roots and revolution.

FLEETWOOD MAC - Up the sacred mountain with the gods of music for the tale of rock's ultimate white elephant, Tusk.

Plus, Billy Childish, Gil Scott-Heron, OutKast, Al Green, Radiohead and the Sex Pistols.

Another year, another plethora of stupendous releases. New rock from Joe Strummer to the Beach Boyesque jingles of The Thrills and the re-emergence of Kevin Rowland and his Dexys Midnight Runners. With so many new releases and reissues, it's a tough choice but we have endeavoured to bring you our highpoints... Sample the CD right here.

Where you pose the questions, supply the answers and generally chew the fat with other MOJO readers. This week...

When did you realise you were an old fart at gigs? More

Style over substance? How important is it? More

Answer with an album cover... now in its fourth great month! More

Did John Lennon ever acknowledge punk rock? More


MOJO presents a full-colour glossy special edition celebrating the life and work of David Bowie, rock'n'roll's most remarkable superstar.

Featuring new interviews, unseen photographs, the untold stories, rare memorabilia, every Bowie album reviewed and The Top 20 Best Bowie Songs Ever... as voted by you. Available in all good newsagents from 14 November.

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