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UNCUT May 2020 #276

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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THERE’S a moment in Martin Scorsese’s documentary George Harrison: Living In The Material World where Harrison reflects, in archive footage, on the distance travelled during his remarkable career. “People say I’m the Beatle who changed the most,” he says. “But really that’s what I see life as being about. You have to change.” Change, we learn, was always at the forefront of Harrison’s mind. Not so much ‘the quiet one’ as ‘the restless one’, he always appeared to be looking for the next thing. There’s George the early advocate of world music, George the seeker of spiritual enlightenment, George the movie entrepreneur. For this month’s cover, his biographer Graeme Thomson offers a unique, intimate insight into George’s creative processes, aided by the recollections of many of his closest collaborators. But despite…

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“he was a scoundrel, but i loved him”

“It was the best send-off my dad could have wished for” KOFI BAKER ERIC Clapton is, famously, a musician who prefers to let his guitar do the talking. But before launching into an emotionally charged “Sunshine Of Your Love” at his Tribute To Ginger Baker concert at London’s Hammersmith Apollo on February 17, he had a few tender words for his former bandmate who passed away last year. “I used to call him Peter Edward,” reveals Clapton. “He was a scoundrel, but I loved him – and he loved me, and that was that. I saw some people get the rough edge of his tongue, but I never did, so I feel blessed… and that’s why I’m doing this, because I miss him!” He was evidently not alone. Without further fanfare, Clapton was…

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let' s talk about sussex

AT 84, Shirley Collins is still game for new experiences. Her latest project, due to be unveiled at Charleston in Sussex – home of the Bloomsbury Group – and at Devon’s Sea Change festival in May, is a meditative sound installation to which Collins has contributed songs and spoken-word passages. Created with writer Brian Catling and sound artist Matthew Shaw, Crowlink is named after an area of the Seven Sisters cliffs on the South Downs. “It’s about landscape, it’s about the past and the future,” says Collins. “Old songs, new music, old and new words, the sounds of Crowlink – the sea, the birds, the weather. The ancient seascape, the old gods coming together with the sounds of nowadays.” It is an area that Hastings-born Collins knows well. “It’s the…

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nearly lost him

MARK Lanegan’s Sing Backwards And Weep makes most rock autobiographies read like The Famous Five. Just when you think he can’t sink to another level of depravity, he finds a way. Towards the end of the book, his music career abandoned, he’s sleeping under a tarpaulin and shoplifting batteries to sell for smack. Finally crawling into rehab, he has an epiphany: “In an instant, I saw that my entire life’s way of thinking and behaving was the corrupted opposite of what it should be… In order to survive, I would have to change every single fucking sorry thing about myself.” The quality of Lanegan’s musical output since that late-’90s nadir tells you that he succeeded, though Sing Backwards And Weep and its “companion album”, Straight Songs Of Sorrow, may be his…

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“i’m officially stammering!”

WHEN Uncut first mooted the idea of a Wilco-themed covermount CD last year, we never expected Jeff Tweedy to step in personally and pull together a selection of Wilco covers by some of the biggest and most discerning names in indie rock, including Kurt Vile, Cate Le Bon, Courtney Barnett, Low, Ryley Walker, The Handsome Family and more. “It’s a little embarrassing because it sounds self-aggrandising to suggest such a thing,” laughs Tweedy today, on a FaceTime call from his Chicago HQ The Loft, where many of the covers were recorded. “But it’s such a gratifying feeling to hear someone else sing your song. I think Wilco, and myself in particular, we like there being a community – we like having other bands as friends as opposed to being competition.” Needless…

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a quick one

Raptures! The latest Ultimate Music Guide, out on March 12, covers the magnificent career of Blondie. By now, you know to expect in-depth new writing and revealing archive interviews; the mag also features an exclusive foreword by Debbie Harry, plus new chats with Chris Stein and Clem Burke… Still in shops is Ultimate Record Collection: David Bowie 1964-1976, the first in our erlin-style trilogy of magazines this year which present all of Bowie’s work, in order, with insights from the people who helped make it… Intriguing vinyl offerings on the list for Record Store Day 2020 (April 18) include a brand new 7” from The The> the first ever release of Brian Eno’s Rams soundtrack; the previously unheard David Bowie live recording, I’m Only Dancing (The Soul Tour74) ; a half-speed…