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UNCUT May 2021

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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’ll be your mirror/Reflect what you are, in case you don’t know” IT seems several lifetimes ago now, but last March, shortly before the first lockdown began, I was lucky enough to see the Andy Warhol exhibition at Tate Modern. Inside Room 6, the curators gamely attempted to replicate the sensory rush of the Exploding Plastic Inevitable: Warhol films and still images were projected on top of one another, with coloured gels and strobe lights swirling and flickering, and the music of The Velvet Underground playing at full volume. With a slew of Velvets activity coming over the summer, we’ve decided to celebrate the band’s many musical revolutions with their first Uncut cover for 12 years. What’s new? Plenty. There are vivid recollections of Factory life from John Cale – his line…

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shorn lennon!

“Yoko fixed lunch for us, and we sat around drinking tea and chatting”RICHARD DILELLO IN 1967, British Pathé News described it as “£4,000 worth of gaily painted rolling stock” – a gypsy caravan bought as a fourth-birthday present for Julian Lennon, decorated with the Sgt Pepper ‘drum’ logo. Three years later, Apple employee Richard DiLello found it in the garden of the Lennon estate at Tittenhurst Park and thought it would make a great background for a portrait of John Lennon and Yoko Ono. “On a bleak English January day, it was perfect,” DiLello remembers. “It was the only colour there. We spent the day going around the property, doing some pictures. Yoko fixed lunch for us, and we sat around drinking tea and chatting.” Today you’ll be able to find DiLello’s…

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“it was a very interesting triangle”

“IT was such a unique relationship,” says writer/ director Tamara Saviano of the bond between songwriters Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark and Susanna Clark. “Townes and Guy were best friends, Townes and Susanna were soulmates, and Guy and Susanna were married. It was a very interesting triangle. Guy didn’t wear his heart on his sleeve, whereas Townes and Susanna were very sensitive, almost mystical. They believed in magic and lived their lives that way. But there’s no doubt the three of them loved each other deeply.” This triumvirate forms the heart of Without Getting Killed Or Caught, Saviano’s new documentary about Guy Clark (co-written with Bart Knaggs), which follows her 2016 biography of the same name. Rooted in Susanna’s private journals and audio diaries, the film maps Guy’s journey from postwar…

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for the ’burbs

WORKING in the City of London during the day and frequenting the Roxy or Vortex by night, The Members’ chief songwriter JC Carroll lived an odd double life in 1977. “It was like Superman,” he tells Uncut. “Mild-mannered bank clerk turns into crazy punk rocker.” Seeking excitement, the guitarist had moved up to London from Camberley, initially working for the Queen’s bankers, Coutts, before punk rock took over. His new memoir, (Still) Annoying The Neighbours, details how he was drafted into The Members by singer Nicky Tesco, before penning the two brilliant singles that would define their legacy – 1978’s “Solitary Confinement” and 1979’s “The Sound Of The Suburbs” – in his bedsit in Kilburn. “I was singing about my life: alienation, desperation,” explains Carroll. “A window had opened where you…

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the last of the great wailers bunny wailer | 1947-2021

WITH the passing of Bunny Wailer, one of the great founding acts of Jamaican music – The Wailers – is no more. Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer (born Neville Livingston) tore up Jamaica as a teenage vocal trio in the mid-1960s, swiftly scoring a string of hits that included “Simmer Down”, “Love And Affection”, “Put it On” and “Rude Boy”. Initially signed to Coxsone Dodd’s Studio One label, The Wailers typified the exuberance of their newly independent nation in the era of upbeat ska; they would later reflect the rebellious “rude boy” phase of rocksteady, and later still reggae’s defiant doctrine of Rastafari. The Wailers were always leaders. Bob and Bunny were boyhood friends, meeting Peter Tosh after their families moved from the country to Kingston’s Trenchtown. Mentored in…

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a quick one

This nation’s saving grace! Presenting the Ultimate Music Guide to The Fall and saluting the genius (lyrical, musical, conversational) of their leader, Mark E Smith. Featuring in-depth reviews of all Fall work, through the many lineup changes, to the group’s pugnacious but untimely end. It’s in shops now or available to buy online at uncut. co.uk/single… To coincide with the launch of Can’s new live album series (see over), Domino are officially releasing Stephen Malkmus & Von Spar’s re-creation of Ege Bamyasi, recorded live in Cologne in 2012. Originally a Record Store Day exclusive, it’s available digitally now… TonyAllen’s final studio album, There Is No End , will be released posthumously on April 30. Guests include DamonAlbarn, Sampa TheGreat, Skepta, Danny Brown and Booker Prize-winning author Ben Okri… ANAPOLOGY: in our last…