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UNCUT February 2021 #285

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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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“I have a friend I’ve never seen/He hides his head inside a dream” WELCOME to the final edition of Uncut for 2020. Before we go any further, I’d like to thank everyone on the team for their continued amazing work across all our titles – Marc, John, Tom, Sam, Mick, Michael, Mike, Phil, Kevin, Johnny, Mark and Lora. Looking back across the issues we’ve put out in the past 12 months, the quality of every magazine has, I believe, been of such a high standard that you wouldn’t necessarily think we’d all been working from front rooms, back rooms, spare bedrooms and sheds during a pandemic to bring you regular issues of Uncut and our various one-shots. Sincere thanks also to you, the readers, without whom we wouldn’t be here. Your unfailing…

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together through life

“NOTHING is taken for granted when you go to a Dylan concert,” says Paolo Brillo, “nothing is obvious.” And he would know. Since smuggling his camera into the Arena di Verona in 1984, Brillo has photographed Bob Dylan live more than 60 times, his pictures becoming a fascinating document of the so-called Never Ending Tour as collected in a new book, Bob Dylan: No Such Thing As Forever. For Brillo, capturing the essence of this most inscrutable of artists has become a lifelong quest. “I take pictures of a lot of performers and he’s certainly the most difficult to photograph,” says Brillo. “Every concert is a real challenge: low light levels, forests of microphones and suffocating security. But the joys of success certainly outweigh the challenges for me. Dylan’s charisma on…

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family affair

IT’S not often that you hear a debut album featuring a song that makes unselfconscious reference to “grandpa”. But when the song is as good as “Different Streets” by 25-year-old musician Made Kuti, and the grandpa in question is the legendary Nigerian composer, bandleader and activist Fela Kuti, then that composition probably becomes a lot easier to explain. “Different Streets” is a stirring seven-and-a-half-minute piece of Afrobeat moderne, and one of the cornerstones of Made Kuti’s forthcoming album For(e)ward. Released in tandem with Stop The Hate – the 11th studio album by his father, Femi Kuti – together the two releases form a powerful cross-generational statement on life in Nigeria today. There, as Femi and Made tell it during a joint Zoom call from Lagos, the people are held in check…

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“we have to have hope!”

VIVIEN Goldman’s debut album has been a long time coming. In the 1980s, when she was writing for Sounds, Goldman worked with Aswad, Robert Wyatt, The Raincoats and The Flying Lizards to release a number of dub and experimental singles, among them underground classics “Launderette” and “Private Armies”. In 2016, these were collected on Resolutionary, a compilation that reignited Goldman’s interest in recording. Finally she’s ready to release Next Is Now, co-written and produced by Killing Joke’s Youth. “I turned the album around fast, but I discovered I had a lot I wanted to get out,” says Goldman from Jamaica, where she has been stranded by the pandemic. “There’s a lot of very heavy stuff on there, even though I am quite a cheerful person. But writing the book [2019’s Revenge…

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mighty ochs

IN 1967, as the Vietnam War death toll kept mounting, Phil Ochs exhorted fellow radicals to join him on an absurdist mission to declare the war over “from the bottom up”. In the Los Angeles Free Press, he wrote, “I believe there is still something inherent in the fibre of America worth saving, and that the fortunes of the entire world may well ride on the ability of young America to face the responsibilities of an old America gone mad.” As with much of Ochs’ work, the words still feel pertinent today. The only ’60s protest songwriter who Bob Dylan ever considered a serious rival, Ochs walked it like he talked it. A new anthology – I’m Gonna Say It Now: The Writings Of Phil Ochs – charts the Texan’s extraordinary…

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a quick one

1 With in the her shops Archives , we’ve Vol taken the opportunity to update our Ultimate Music Guide to Joni Mitchell with a new deluxe edition. A lavish 148-page magazine, it includes reviews of every album, her 30 greatest songs as voted for by her peers, and Uncut’s extended account of Mitchell’s gradual return to a more public life in 2020. It’s in shops now or available to buy online via Uncut. co.uk… Also out now – a nd available exclusively from our online store – is the second part of Ultimate Record Collection:David Bowie, presenting every single, album and comp in order of release, with new stories and insights from the people who worked with Bowie to make them. If you missed Part 2 in March, you can…