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UNCUT October 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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2 min.

AT the risk of sounding needlessly highfalutin, this issue of Uncut contains some discussion about the transformative nature of music. Here’s Justin Vernon, for instance, talking to Stephen Deusner about the new Bon Iver album. “I’ve always been obsessed with music and what it does to people,” he says. “Bob Marley was a huge thing for me – wow, he actually changed the political landscape in Jamaica. I like the idea of the power that prayer has. If music is the religion, then these songs are prayers to simply being people on Earth.” Elsewhere, between anecdotes about Dylan, Scorsese and The Band, Robbie Robertson tells Nick Hasted about the deeply spiritual link between music and the natural world he experienced during childhood, visiting family on the Six Nations Reserve outside Toronto.…

3 min.
betty’s back!

DANIELLE Maggio was 19 when she first heard the music of Betty Davis, via a series of revelatory 2007 reissues on Light In The Attic. “I was blown away by the music, and then when I saw her image I was so inspired and empowered,” Maggio says of what was literally a life-changing experience – she would go on to make Davis an integral part of her PhD studies in ethnomusicology at the University Of Pittsburgh. But even in her wildest dreams, Maggio didn’t think that one day she’d be fronting the first new Betty Davis song to be recorded since 1979. “It’s all very surreal to me,” says Maggio of the experience of collaborating with Davis on “A Little Bit Hot Tonight” – a smouldering soul number with a Latin…

3 min.
playing a blinder

FROM the moment Cillian Murphy first rode through the misty streets of 1920s Birmingham on a black horse to the sinister strains of Nick Cave & Bad The Seeds’ “Red Right Hand”, Peaky Blinders set a new bar for British TV drama soundtracks. Over the course of four series, Steven Knight’s hit retro-gangster saga has made innovative use of gothic rock songs to chart the inner turmoil of its protagonists, especially Murphy’s antihero Tommy Shelby, a traumatised former soldier turned violent underworld boss. Pre-existing songs by Cave, PJ Harvey, Jack White, Arctic Monkeys, Johnny Cash, Radiohead and Iggy Pop mingled with bespoke instrumental pieces by some of those same artists to create a kind of audio-visual mixtape. Now the producers have commissioned the Mercury-nominated Anna Calvi to provide an entire score…

3 min.
counter culture

IN 2009, record sales rep Graham Jones wrote a fond eulogy to a disappearing culture called Last Shop Standing: Whatever Happened To Record Shops?. In 2012 a documentary followed, as did various revisions of the book. Those updates soon became out of date. “There became a point where the changes were incredible,” he says. “I’d gone from visiting record shops on their last legs and closing down to seeing new record shops that were being opened by young, enthusiastic people.” Over an 18-month period, Jones realised he had visited 40 new independent shops. This dramatic rehabilitation has resulted in his latest book and documentary, The Vinyl Revival And The Shops That Made It Happen. “Vinyl had become fashionable again,” Jones notes. “Record Store Day got people going back into stores.” Joe Blanchard…

1 min.
a quick one

Are you experienced? You certainly will be after you’ve read Uncut’s Deluxe Ultimate Music Guide to Jimi Hendrix, resplendent with a foxy new feature on Jimi at Woodstock. For voodoo children everywhere, it’s in shops now… Following on August 23 is Elton John: A Life In Pictures. Over 100 pages, we bring you Elton’s story in a selection of startling historic photographs, and his own – very lively – words from the archives of NME and Melody Maker, plus a suitably glam cover printed on gold mirror board… Richard Thompson’s 70th birthday blowout at the Albert Hall on September 30 looks like the must-see show of the year. The staggering lineup includes almost every surviving member of the UK folk-rock scene, along with David Gilmour, Bob Mould, Loudon Wainwright III, Derek…

3 min.
“they walk out onto the crossing, into history”

EACH afternoon for weeks as his band neared its desolate end, Paul McCartney entered Abbey Road studios with a commuter’s punctuality and commenced a daily ritual. “Paul slaved over getting ‘Oh! Darling’’s vocal right,” reveals assistant engineer Alan Parsons. “He was really screaming it, so he couldn’t do it more than a couple of times a day. He used to come in every afternoon at 2. Then he’d say, ‘No, I haven’t got it yet. I’ll try again tomorrow.’” Abbey Road’s great paradox is the perfectionism The Beatles lavished on it, though apparently at the point of disintegration. A new book by author Ken Womack contends that the album was the band’s writing, performing and technological zenith. Parsons, then just 19 but already a “Get Back” session veteran, found them shoving…