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UNCUT November 2020 #282

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Published by BandLab UK Limited. Uncut is the essential magazine about rock music, written by people who love that music as much as you do. Every month, it features the most comprehensive and trustworthy album reviews section in the world. There are in-depth interviews with the finest musicians of the past five decades, and with the exciting new artists who are following in their great tradition. Insightful, informative, passionate about extraordinary music – that’s Uncut.

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IN this issue, John Fogerty talks about the influence that one of his favourite bands had on Creedence Clearwater Revival: “Booker T & The MG’s were our idols and our template for how you ought to be as a band. They were unselfish in their music.” While I suspect Fogerty’s observation was more about the MG’s’ creative generosity of spirit, I’d like to think that the phrase “unselfish in their music” also applies to the joy they brought listeners. It’s a positive trait I’m sure is true of many of the musicians we write about in Uncut – whether it’s Polly Jean Harvey’s phantasmagorical career reinventions, Creedence’s ramble tamble adventures, Idles’ cathartic volume, Isaac Hayes’ extravagantly rich manifesto, Tom Petty’s understated musical ingenuity, Matt Berninger’s midlife melancholy or other artists you’ll…

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prints charming

“The bands recognised you were part of the scene and you just wound up getting access”MICHAEL GRECCO “IT was definitely a wild time,” says Michael Grecco of the five or so years he spent on the Boston post-punk and new wave scene, as both hedonistic club kid and photographer for local mags like Boston Rock. The city was a jumping-off point for British bands hoping to break America, and Grecco was there when The Police launched their first US tour with four shows at The Rathskeller, nicknamed The Rat – a “dirty shithole that smelled of puke, smoke and old beer”. Despite its off-putting aroma, The Rat was where Grecco would hang with local bands such as The Del Fuegos and Human Sexual Response, as well as visiting dignitaries like Billy Idol.…

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the road to red

JAKKO JAKSZYK is a man with a progressive rock kind of story. It begins with a boldly stated theme, taking many interesting diversions before returning with a happy circularity to where it started. At Watford Town Hall in November 1972, the 13-year-old Jakko witnesses a magnificent concert by King Crimson and is seized by the implausible idea that, one day, he will be a member of that band. Forty-one years later, that’s what transpires: since 2013 Jakszyk has been the singer and second guitarist in King Crimson, fronting the band at venues from Madison Square Garden to the Royal Albert Hall. As you might expect, his has been an eventful journey. In the decades between witnessing his first Crimson show (“It changed my life – it really did!”) and his arrival…

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take me to the mountain!

“IT felt like we’d been transported back to a piece of history – there was this constant sense we were in the presence of greatness.” John Darnielle, creative linchpin of North Carolina’s Mountain Goats, is struggling to conceal his joy about his band’s new album, Getting Into Knives, in particular the involvement of one of soul music’s most respected names. Hammond B3 organist Charles Hodges was one of three Memphis-born brothers in the group who backed Al Green on his classic 1970s hits, assembled by producer Willie Mitchell at the city’s Royal Studios, and who also featured on tracks by several of Green’s Hi Records labelmates (Ann Peebles, Syl Johnson). Still a locally based gun for hire at the age of 73, Hodges’ alliance with the Goats was brokered by the…

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a quick one

Well, I declare… the Ultimate Music Guide to the GratefulDead is here! As their landmark albums Workingman’s Dead and American Beauty celebrate their 50th anniversary, we bring you classic archive features and new deep writing about the Dead’s long, strange trip. Featuring fresh interviews and an exclusive introduction from Bob Weir, it’s in shops now or available to order online via Uncut. co.uk … CherryRed have acquired the legendary ‘tea chest tapes’ – more than 1800 reels of ¼-inch tape from Joe Meek’s studio that have been in storage since 1967. They contain one of DavidBowie’s first ever studio recordings (with The Konrads) plus early demos by Ray Davies, RodStewart, SteveMarriott and Marc Bolan. The tapes are currently being baked, cleaned and digitised for future release… Nick Cave’s solo piano film Idiot…

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art on 45

MORGAN Howell is an artist who, quite literally, turns pop singles into works of art. Using a variety of mediums – acrylic paint on canvas, paper, ink, sticky tape and actual vinyl – he recreates every crease, rip and scratch to transform these 7” miniatures into three-dimensional, ultra-realistic sculptural paintings. His art has proved hugely popular with many of his heroes. Neil Diamond commissioned Howell to make a supersized copy of “Sweet Caroline”. A reproduction of Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid” hangs on the wall of Ozzy Osbourne’s Los Angeles home. Ian Brown and Johnny Marr both own T.Rex’s “Metal Guru”, as recreated by Howell. “It was a record I thought was so beautiful,” says Marr. “It looked and sounded like it came from another world.” Howell’s artworks have been displayed in the Capitol…