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UNCUT September 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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LET’S begin in New York, where Nick Hasted catches up with The Who in the aftermath of a typically incendiary show at Madison Square Garden. Over a series of extensive interviews, Nick discovers plenty about the weird logistics of The Who’s 2019 – involving a symphonic reworking of Tommy, an orchestral tour and their first new studio album for 13 years. What do we learn about this latest, long-awaited opus? I don’t want to give too much away, of course, but depending who you believe it has either “some of the best Who songs since Quadrophenia” or else, “It’s our best album since Who’s Next.” Beyond that, though, Nick’s interview highlights the exceptionally complex relationship Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend have with their back catalogue – and with each other –…

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“it felt like a celebration”

“Pete would have loved seeing all the old Buzzcocks together on stage”STEVE DIGGLE WHEN Pete Shelley died at the end of last year, Buzzcocks had already sold half the tickets for a June headline show at London’s Albert Hall. Rather than cancel, the remaining band members decided to turn the event into a tribute to their late frontman, with a bevy of special guests filling in on vocals: Thurston Moore, Peter Perrett, Tim Burgess, Captain Sensible and Dave Vanian of The Damned, Richard Jobson of The Skids and Pauline Murray of Penetration. Behind them, original Buzzcocks John Maher and Steve Garvey tag-teamed with the band’s current incarnation in a touching link with the past. “It was quite a punky thing, with all the guests,” says Steve Diggle. “A lot of them…

3 min.
life of brian

WHEN Stash De Rola first met Brian Jones at the Paris Olympia in 1965, there was an immediate rapport. De Rola, a Swiss-born aristocrat with a love of rock, was playing with Vince Taylor’s group and he remembers the Stone watching their set from the wings. After the show, the pair went partying, with De Rola introducing Jones to both Anita Pallenberg and Donald Cammell. “We discovered we shared the same defiant outlook,” says De Rola. “We both had this reckless, never-reach-25 attitude.” De Rola remained close to Jones until the latter’s death in July 1969. The anniversary is marked by a new book, Butterfly In The Park, featuring photographs by Michael Cooper selected by his son, Adam. De Rola and Donovan are among those contributing memories of Brian Jones to…

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“you can make a folk song out of anything”

“These songs represent a map of Scottish social history in the past 50 years”KARINE POLWART IT’S August 2018, a sticky summer night at Leith Theatre, and six-time BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner Karine Polwart has just brought the house down with a nimble reimagining of Biffy Clyro’s “Machines”. “You can make a folk song out of anything,” she notes. Polwart’s new album, Scottish Songbook, is rooted in the concert she performed with her band at last year’s Edinburgh festival, carving 20-odd prime cuts from the rump of Scottish pop history. The show was a hit, bouncing between giddy veneration and daring reinvention, with a daft pop quiz thrown in. Twelve months on, the project has moved from stage to studio. Whittling down the original setlist to an 11-track album, Scottish Songbook repoints…

1 min.
a quick one

Some new Fab gear from the Uncut stable this month, namely the Ultimate Music Guide to Ringo Starr! From Beatlemania to the All-Starr Band via Rishikesh, That’ll Be The Day and The Simpsons, it’s a (slightly) sentimental journey with a lot of guest appearances and some very good tunes. In the shops from July 19 – choose love! Following a week later, the latest in our NME Gold: The Best Of NME series takes us to 1985-9 with a mix of archive features and new insight on the likes of Tom Waits, Joni Mitchell, The Stone Roses, Happy Mondays, C86 and much more… Ever wondered how Sunn O))) get that continent-obliterating guitar sound? Well now you can recreate it for yourself, as the drone metal titans have teamed up with EarthQuaker Devices…

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cue the music

“After years of making records, I’ve finally made one people might like” KAVUS TORABI DESPITE displaying the nerves of steel required to bag six world championship snooker titles in the 1980s, Steve Davis is petrified by the prospect of his live debut with psychedelic prog outfit The Utopia Strong. “I’ll be as nervous as a kitten,” confesses the 61-year-old, who’ll play synthesisers at the London show in September alongside bandmates Kavus Torabi (Cardiacs/Knifeworld/ Gong) and Michael York (Téléplasmiste/Coil). “It’s like the dentist’s waiting room for me – a journey into the unknown. But I’m with two pros, so I’ll go with the flow.” For anyone who hasn’t been paying attention to the recent antics of the veteran snooker star, this might sound fairly ridiculous. But Davis is a serious head when it…