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April 2019

Published by Time Inc. (UK) Ltd 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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IF there’s a prevailing theme to this latest issue of Uncut, it’s one of change. Our cover star is John Lennon, whose momentous 1969 is documented here by Peter Watts – with a little help from assorted eyewitnesses. You could argue that every year during the 1960s was similarly dramatic for the Beatle – packed with incident, creative leaps and new adventures – but even by those dizzying standards, 1969 found Lennon at a pivotal point in his life, ready to embrace new possibilities. The Beatles are coming to an end and what is he to do next...? Welcome, then, to a bewildering 12 months that took in four albums, three concerts, two bed-ins and a marriage. Join us for free jazz in Cambridge, rock’n’roll in Toronto and Peace…

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rocket man takes off

AUGUST 25, 1970: wracked with nerves, a 23-year-old Elton John is about to make his US live debut at the Troubadour, the Los Angeles hangout frequented by the biggest stars of the day. It’s a pivotal scene in the forthcoming biopic, Rocketman, starring Taron Egerton as Elton, Jamie Bell as Bernie Taupin, and directed by Dexter Fletcher, last seen taking over the reins of the initially troubled Bohemian Rhapsody (“A housekeeping job,” he suggests. “This is much more full-on”).“Neil Diamond, The Beach Boys, Leon Russell, they were all in the audience and it really frightened Elton,” says Fletcher of the first Troubadour show. “When he was told who’d turned up to watch the show, he went and locked himself in the loo. It’s his big American debut and he…

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sound affects

THE story of Adrian Borland is one of music’s more tragic tales. The powerful singer and guitarist fronted new wave band The Sound through the 1980s while also battling schizoaffective disorder, which led to psychotic and depressive episodes. After several failed attempts, he took his own life in 1999.It was the first time that self-confessed Sound “superfan” Jean-Paul Van Mierlo realised his idol had been ill. “It’s so easy to see now in all his lyrics, but nobody saw it at the time,” says Mierlo. “It’s already there, going right back to 1979 on ‘I Can’t Escape Myself’. He is always talking about the other person who is inside him.”Now Mierlo has crowdfunded a documentary, Walking In The Opposite Direction, coming to DVD and streaming services later this year.…

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“music heals the divide”

Judy Collins: still resisting, still putting faith in “the good people” IN her 80th year, Judy Collins is as active – and activist – as ever. The leading light of the Greenwich Village folk revival and crucial interpreter of Dylan, Cohen and Mitchell has multiple new records in the works. The most imminent, Resist, features self-penned songs shaped by current American events. At London’s Cecil Sharp House in January, her voice was still remarkably pure as she performed “Dreamers” a capella, its cutting lyrics about Mexican immigrants indicating the level of damage she sees under Trump. “We came here looking for democracy and hope,” she sang. “Now all we have is hope.”“We have to get rid of this president and get on with solving these problems,”…

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strange days

Dr Strangely Strange, the Dargle Valley, County Wicklow, February 1969: (l-r) Ivan Pawle,Tim Goulding, Tim Booth and Caroline “Linus” Greville THE appeal of Irish eccentrics Dr Strangely Strange has always been hard to put into words. “We like to describe it these days as psychedelic lounge music,” says co-founder Tim Booth, which doesn’t really help – but even in the anything-goes period of the late ’60s, the band were gloriously unique. The darlings of Dublin’s counterculture return to London for a one-off show at Café Oto on April 14, the trio of Booth, fellow ex-Trinity College student Ivan Pawle and artist Tim Goulding summoned back from their hippie Avalon by the release of a book honouring their halcyon days. Adrian Whittaker’s Fitting Pieces To The Jigsaw gives…

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a quick one

(ORPHAN ANNIE) Switch on the man-machine! The latest in our Ultimate Genre Guide series is out on February 22 – Electronic Pop is the story of how Kraftwerk, Brian Eno and Giorgio Moroder laid the groundwork for a new wave of futuristic music. Featuring all of the above, plus Depeche Mode, New Order, The Human League, Gary Numan, Pet Shop Boys, the best 40 electronic pop singles, and more besides... To coincide with their 50th anniversary, there’s also the deluxe, remastered edition of our Ultimate Music Guide to Genesis, in shops now, with more solo Phil and Peter, plus a new introduction from guitarist Steve Hackett… This summer’s festival bills are starting to take shape. End Of The Road (Aug 29-Sept 1) have secured the services of Beirut,…