Movies, TV & Music

UNCUT June 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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IF I was looking for a thread that somehow connected all the artists featured in Uncut this month, it would be the pursuit of transformation. For Scott Walker – whose life is celebrated at length by Graeme Thomson – it was a career-long quest to evolve and challenge himself and his audience as he followed his path away from the mainstream to flourish entirely on his own terms. For our cover stars, it is the fertile transitional period when The Pink Floyd became Pink Floyd. Tom Pinnock discovers a group reconfiguring themselves and their creative aesthetic following the departure of Syd Barrett – via a run of bold, experimental records that are, I think, among their best. For The National, meanwhile, it is the manner in which they conduct themselves, as…

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grace at last!

ARETHA Franklin’s two performances at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles in January 1972 aren’t exactly a secret. The double live album Amazing Grace was Franklin’s biggest seller, and won her a Grammy. What’s less appreciated is the fact the shows were filmed – with Sydney Pollack directing – with the footage languishing largely unseen in the vaults ever since. “I was thrilled to be there. I didn’t realise it was the end of something” JOE BOYD Now Atlantic A&R man turned film producer Alan Elliott has brought those shows brilliantly to life. Amazing Grace is an extraordinary time capsule showing Franklin at the peak of her powers, singing with a first-rate band, and surrounded by peers and mentors including her father, Baptist minister Rev CL Franklin, and the…

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i’ll be your mirror

“I’VE always been fascinated with Nico,” says actor Maxine Peake. “I was a big Velvet Underground fan, but what really started my fixation was reading James Young’s book about her final years living in Manchester [1992’s Nico, Songs They Never Play On The Radio]. The atmosphere was so evocative of Manchester in that period.” Peake was poised to play Nico in a Radio 4 adaptation that never quite happened. “It all got very complicated with scripts and ownership of rights, so I finally went to [theatre director] Sarah Frankcom and said, ‘What about doing a theatre piece?’” Co-created by Peake and Frankcom, The Nico Project will premiere at the Manchester International Festival this July. The main source of inspiration is 1968’s The Marble Index, the stark avant-classic that defined the uncompromising…

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taught by the fuzz

FOR many years, hyperactive kids have been packed off to music camps over the summer by parents unable to tolerate another ear-lacerating violin rehearsal. Grown-ups, however, are less well catered for. But if you can spare a few bob, you can now pack your bags for your own, mature version of band camp, where you can hang out with – as well as play with and learn from – your heroes at an exclusive weekend retreat. Well-established songwriting and performance camps hosted by Music Masters in the idyllic countryside near Woodstock, NY, include Steve Earle’s Camp Copperhead and Richard Thompson’s Frets & Refrains. But the newest addition to their lineup of events is Camp Fuzz, where Dinosaur Jr will be hosting a four-day summit in July. But how will J Mascis…

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“they owned the world for two years”

WHEN Neil Norman was 12 years old, he found himself in an LA recording studio watching four hairy rockers recording what would become a stone-cold classic of American garage rock. That moment clearly made a significant impact, because 50 years later, Norman has made a documentary about the band, The Seeds, and named it after that song. Pushin’ Too Hard has its London premiere this month, alongside the first ever London performance by the band, featuring original keyboard player Daryl Hooper. Also playing is drummer Don Boomer, who joined in 1968 when “The Seeds were the biggest band in LA”. Norman sets the bar even higher. “The Seeds owned the world for two years,” he says. Norman was there from the start. His father Gene was a DJ and nightclub owner…

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a quick one

Out now is a deluxe edition of our Ultimate Music Guide to The Smiths, marking the 35th anniversary of the band’s self-titled debut. This expanded release allows for new developments in the careers of Johnny Marr and Morrissey, including reviews of Call The Comet and California Son, plus new articles. No shoplifters, please… A message to you: with the label turning 40 this year, and the reformed Specials on tour, we present our Ultimate Genre Guide to 2-Tone! In shops on April 26, it features passionate new writing and anarchic archive features on core artists like The Specials, Madness and The Selecter, as well as fellow travellers such as UB40 and Dexys Midnight Runners. Plus Ranking Roger remembered… British folk institution Topic Records celebrates its 80th birthday with the release of an…