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UNCUT May 2019

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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THE deaths of Mark Hollis and Keith Flint so close together this month robbed us of two immensely talented, though wildly different, musicians. If Hollis’s story was ultimately about retreating from the public eye, leaving a slender but perfectly curated body of work behind, Flint was still very much active in as immediate and startling a way as possible. As Graeme Thomson’s masterful tribute to Hollis makes clear, it is unlikely he planned a triumphant return to the stage; he simply didn’t want to make music for public consumption any longer. All the same, it was possible to hope that he might reconsider his position. Now, alas, that day will never come. With Flint’s loss, meanwhile, we are robbed of a potent and charismatic performer; a man who, in his…

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“he was a humble guy...”

WITH Axis: Bold Of Love scaling the charts, The Jimi Hendrix Experience kicked off 1968 with a four-date Scandinavian tour. It turned out to be a rather longer assignment than expected. Soon after touching down in Sweden, the group went out partying at Gothenburg’s Klubb Karl, continuing the revelry back at the hotel. In the middle of the night, a fellow guest reported a disturbance; hotel staff entered Hendrix’s room to find him lying in a pool of blood, having injured his hand while wrecking the room and breaking a window in an apparent drug-and-alcohol-fuelled rage. “Hendrix was very friendly... I was no problem to him” JAN HÅKAN DAHLSTRÖM After being hospitalised and arrested, Hendrix was forced to stay in Sweden and report to a police station every day for two weeks,…

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“i could rhyme the chip shop menu”

“If anything came into my head I’d pull my shorts or trackies down and write on me legs” SHAUN RYDER SHAUN Ryder is bald as a coot. Every hair on the singer’s body has fallen out. “I look like Bowie in The Man Who Fell To Earth,” the 56-year-old says, making light of the overactive thyroid he’s lived with for 12 years. Recently advised to lower his dosage of testosterone pumps, which was causing his blood to thicken, the sudden reduction has resulted in dramatic hair loss. “Your fifties are a minefield to get through,” he sighs. “When you’re younger you don’t ever think you’re gonna get ill.” Ryder, who’s “pretty much vegan” these days, famously pushed his body to the limit in the 1980s and ’90s as the permanently addled frontman…

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lunar tunes

MOON Duo have always hinted at other dimensions beyond this earthly realm. Now the Portland-based partnership comprising keyboard player Sanae Yamada (who sometimes flies solo as Vive La Void) and guitarist Erik “Ripley” Johnson (also of Wooden Shjips) are planning their most transcendent audiovisual spectacle yet. In April, they will transform a warehouse in Salford into a psychedelic cathedral of conceptual art and ’70s-inspired disco euphoria, a project that rejoices in the magnificent title Stardust Highway: Experiments In Stoner Disco. “Have you seen that Grace Jones documentary where she talks about disco being like going to church? That really resonated with us,” says Yamada. “Our ultimate aim is to create a space where people can enter into that communal feeling, with overtones of ritual. In our live performances, we’ve always had…

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love’s labours found!

SOMETIME in the mid-’60s, Love were playing in San Francisco, most likely at a club called the Warehouse. During an opening set by Big Brother & The Holding Company, guitarist Johnny Echols and Love frontman Arthur Lee went to a bar next door, where they were accosted by a soldier just back from Vietnam. Several beers into a binge, he rambled and ranted about the horrors of combat. “He told us about how when people were wounded, they were calling out family members’ names,” Echols recalls. “It was an enlightening conversation, to say the least.” That conversation – including a grim detail about blood mixing with mud and turning grey – inspired the trippy paranoia of “A House Is Not A Motel”, from Love’s landmark 1967 album Forever Changes. At a…

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a quick one

As he embarks on a farewell tour, we present our Ultimate Music Guide to Elton John, in shops now. Rolling like thunder under the cover there are archive interviews, reviews of every album, and loads more – it’s the full-costumed monty, from Empty Sky to the Rocketman biopic… Also available from March 22 is The Best Of NME 1980-1984, the latest in our archival series charting the greatest moments in music history, with legendary features and new eyewitness accounts. This issue: into the ’80s with Nick Cave, David Bowie, The Fall and REM. Talk about the passion… The full list of Record Store Day 2019 releases has been unveiled. Anyone braving the scrum at their local independent vinyl emporium on April 13 could find copies of Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks Alternative ,…