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UNCUT February 2018

Published by Time Inc. (UK) Ltd 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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“First the sun and then the moon/One of them will be around soon” A SMALL market town in north Nottinghamshire did not seem much of a musical hotspot in 1980. But when I bought Adam & The Ants’ Kings Of The Wild Frontier at the end of the year, the small print in The Catalogue that came with it revealed a slightly different story. On March 16, 1978, it transpired, the Ants had played my local venue, Retford Porterhouse.Soon enough, I would discover that the Porterhouse was a place where gangs from the mining villages would come to fight on a Friday night, and where live bookings would mostly devolve into alternating visits from Doctor & The Medics and Guana Batz. But like so many…

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hard as a rock

Malcolm Young with brother Angus in 2001 (MICK HUTSON/REDFERNS) MALCOLM Young was never carried aloft on Bon Scott’s or Brian Johnson’s shoulders. The audience chanted his brother Angus’ name, not Malcolm’s, in the intro to “Whole Lotta Rosie”. Standing at the back with his long hair and his battle-hardened Gretsch Jet Firebird, Malcolm seemed as peripheral to AC/DC’s $450 million-grossing live spectacle as Cliff Williams, their bassist, symmetrically positioned on the other side of the drumkit. Yet it was Malcolm, AC/DC’s rhythm guitarist, who gave them their groove, their boogie, their primal shake-and-shimmy. While everyone watched Angus, what they were hearing was Malcolm.Keith Richards, who championed AC/DC in 1978 after falling under the spell of their Powerage album, paid tribute to a man he would have recognised as…

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everything begins with an ecm

classical and world music along the way. You can tell an ECM title a mile away, by both its cool, at times chilly, temperament and its gorgeously oblique design.ECM’s decision to enter the world of streaming is being framed by the label as a response to unauthorised online sharing. They’d still rather you were listening to the album’s physical manifestation, probably on a high-end system. But that’s a fair call, really, for a label whose head ideologue describes music in rarefied terms: “Sound is about organising emotions in time,” he once told critic Michael Stone, “that is music… It is a product of artistic inspiration and poetic expression.”Perhaps the best-known ECM title is Keith Jarrett’s 3.5 million-selling solo piano double from 1975, The Köln Concert. It’s hard to deny…

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hair, there and everywhere

The ends: Leslie Cavendish gives George Harrison a trim at his salon on the King’s Road, Chelsea, 1967 “I LIVED through this whole big culture change: hair, fashion, music,” says Leslie Cavendish. “It was grey skies before The Beatles came along, then suddenly everything burst into colour. People were liberated.”The 70-year-old is looking back fondly at the ’60s, a time that saw him graduate from junior stylist with Vidal Sassoon to coiffeur to the stars, becoming The Beatles’ personal hairdresser and running his own Apple-funded salon on the King’s Road. It’s a journey well documented in The Cutting Edge: The Story Of The Beatles’ Hairdresser Who Defined An Era, in which Cavendish describes life in the Fabs’ inner circle. He’s privy to the gestation of Sgt Pepper……

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u got the look!

The 19-year-old Prince and friend in his manager’s apartment, 1977 IN 1977, over three days in three different Minneapolis locations, a 19-year-old musician takes his first lessons in image-making. Soon, he will become a master of the art – but he’s not quite there yet. In one photograph, he struts down the street with a makeshift belt hanging down between his legs; the first inkling, perhaps, of many more provocations to come. In others, he stands bare-chested in the studio, lounges with a dog in his manager’s apartment, and plays piano with a rapturous smile.These earliest sightings of Prince, captured by Twin Town photographer Robert Whitman, portray him as a callow youngster, uncharacteristically unguarded and authentic. “This was really Prince before Prince,” says Whitman, who has gathered…

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a quick one

New magazines! Following our recent David Bowie special, we’ve come up with another extravagant volume called The Beatles: A Life In Pictures. Lavish production values, authentically unseen photos and fancy mirrored covers proliferate. Also on the newsstand, there’s a deluxe updated version of our Ultimate Music Guide to Kate Bush, just in time for the 40th anniversary of “Wuthering Heights”. Lots to look forward to at London’s All Points East festival in Victoria Park. Among the lengthy bill already announced, we’ve highlighted LCD Soundsystem (May 25); Björk, Beck and Father John Misty (May 27); The National and War On Drugs (June 2); and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Patti Smith, St Vincent and Courtney Barnett (June 3). Short of a last-minute Christmas present? Why not…