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UNCUT November 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.

IT’S hard to know quite where to start with this month’s issue of Uncut . Do we talk, first, about our wonderful free CD – a 17-track collection of bespoke covers of Wilco songs? Masterminded by Jeff Tweedy himself, this includes splendid reinterpretations of classic Wilco tracks, deep cuts and rarities by the likes of Low, Courtney Barnett, Cate Le Bon, Ryley Walker, Kurt Vile and Sharon Van Etten. When Tweedy first proposed this idea to us, we were understandably delighted – but I don’t think any of us who’ve watched this project develop quite expected it to turn out as astonishingly as this. Or, perhaps, we should talk about our world-exclusive interview with Jimmy Page? Those readers with long memories will hopefully remember Jon Wilde’s exhaustive career retrospective with Paul…

2 min.
exhibition rock!

WHEN putting together November’s exhibition at the Museum Of London to celebrate 40 years of London Calling, curator Robert Gordon McHarg III had access to the impressive archives of Joe Strummer, Mick Jones and Paul Simonon as well as those of photographer Pennie Smith and designer Ray Lowry. But despite all that, Gordon says his most prized items might be the solitary objects from drummer Topper Headon. “Those two drumsticks are the crown jewels,” he says. “I would have thought Topper’s boppers would be everywhere, but those are really rare, nobody has them. We only have these two because his mum kept them.” Gordon previously worked on an excellent pop-up Clash exhibition in Soho in 2013 called Black Market Clash as well as the recent Strummer boxset 001, so he was…

3 min.
“portraiture and disorder”

WHEN Nick Cave heard that Greek artist Stefanos Rokos wanted to make a series of paintings inspired by every song on the 2001 Bad Seeds album No More Shall We Part , he was, to say the least, sceptical. Fourteen paintings, two exhibitions and one book later, Cave is a confirmed fan. “Stefanos was one of those peripheral noisemakers that become the bane of us songwriters, who always want to do something with our work,” says Cave. “However, over the years, and many plates of octopus later, I watched him develop a series of paintings that I find to be truly extraordinary and quite unforgettable. He is a wonderful artist and has become a dear friend.” The 14 richly detailed paintings, made from watercolour, acrylic and pencils on cotton paper, can be…

2 min.
man in the radiator

WHEN David Lynch met Devo in 1977 at the director’s favourite LA diner Bob’s Big Boy, they were all there for the most experienced artist present, Peter Ivers. Devo had loved his Eraserhead song “In Heaven” and wished to cover it. Apparently crooned eerily by the film’s Radiator Lady, her androgynously high voice is in fact Ivers’ own, as he sings, with deadpan naivety: “In heaven, everything is fine/You’ve got your good thing, and I’ve got mine.” Ivers was a part-time martial artist, apocalypse-fixated yogi and industrious singer-songwriter, whose fourth and final flop album had been released in 1976, when he was 30. Though signed to Warner by Van Dyke Parks and dubbed “the finest blues harp player alive” by Muddy Waters, he’s remembered today for two things: “In Heaven”, and…

3 min.
hill country blues

“IT was a perfect Sunday afternoon that rolled into the evening,” Luther Dickinson recalls of the day Wyatt McSpadden came to North Mississippi in 1996. The Texan photographer had arrived to take pictures of local musicians. Singer-guitarist Dickinson, along with his drummer brother Cody, took it upon themselves to act as guides, introducing him to blues greats RL Burnside, Otha Turner and Junior Kimbrough. “Everybody was just hanging out, playing music,” says Luther, who’d recently formed North Mississippi Allstars with Cody. “We all ended up at Junior’s juke joint.” McSpadden shared a few images with the Dickinsons, but forgot about the rest until he tracked Luther down in 2017. “Wyatt showed me all these photos and they blew my mind. We decided to make music to accompany them, in a fantasy…

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a quick one

It’s a very, very, very fine mag: Uncut’s latest Ultimate Music Guide, in UK shops now, celebrates 50 turbulent, harmonious years of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Expect classic archive interviews and deep new appreciations of their recorded work, both together and apart… Following on September 27 is the latest in our Ultimate Record Collection series, this time covering 1975-79. Wisdom from Lee “Scratch” Perry! In the studio with Wire! And of course, nods to over 600 essential albums… The 63rd BFI London Film Festival on October 2–13 boasts an impressive lineup of music docs, including Miles Davis: Birth Of The Cool, My Friend Fela, Ronnie Wood’s Somebody Up There Likes Me and Mystify, about Michael Hutchence. There’s also Springsteen’s Western Stars and This Is Not Berlin, a coming-of-age feature set…