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UNCUT August 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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editor

‘‘IT was a chance to see if we could create the kind of world for which we’d been striving throughout the ’60s. That would be our political statement – proving that peace and understanding were possible and creating a testament to the value of the counterculture.” Welcome, then, to the new Uncut. That’s Michael Lang, organiser of Woodstock, reflecting on the ideals and motivations behind his legendary three-day festival as it celebrates its 50th anniversary. Such anniversaries, of course, are a critical motor for both the music industry at large and also for magazines such as Uncut. This month alone, in our Archive reviews section, you’ll find various anniversary editions under the spotlight, from Sigur Rós (2oth) to Ian Dury (40th) and The Grateful Dead (5oth). For Lang and the…

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satin worship

“It was a bit of an outrageous time, the ’70s”TONY IOMMI “I THINK that was made by my first wife,” says Tony Iommi of the extravagant white satin lace-up number he is pictured wearing in this shot of Black Sabbath’s 1975 European tour. “To look at it now, it’s like, ‘Bloody ’ell!’ But it was a bit of an outrageous time, the ’70s – and we all had stuff like that.” Amazingly, it’s not the most outré outfit Iommi ever wore on stage. “I bought a chamois suit once in LA. I wore it for the first time at a gig, and the bloody thing stretched. By the time we’d finished, the trousers were all round me ankles.” The wide-sleeved satin blouse, at least, was customised for practicality. “Some of the…

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end of the ’line

“It was a funky place, a dive. But I loved The Borderline”MIKE MILLS THERE’S possibly only one club venue in the world that hosted gigs by Bruce Willis and Kiefer Sutherland, as well as REM, Pearl Jam, Blur, Ryan Adams, Debbie Harry and Amy Winehouse. Soho’s Borderline, which began life in the 1980s as the basement bar to a Tex-Mex restaurant, will close on August 31, with its owners citing a sadly predictable triple-whammy of increasing rents, higher rates and redevelopment plans. It’s fondly remembered by REM’s Mike Mills as a “funky place, a dive. But I loved The Borderline.” Mills was there in 1991 when REM played two secret shows under the pseudonym Bingo Hand Job. Ostensibly promoting Out Of Time, they gave out free hand towels to the audience before…

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“a truly magical event”

“I OFTEN see albums visually, as movies,” says Milton Nascimento. “Clube Da Esquina would be a movie about friendship. The lyrics, many of which are by my dear friends, Marcio and Lô Borges, don’t have a story in the sense of a beginning, a middle and an end, but the album largely deals with hope.” There was no actual Clube Da Esquina [Club On The Corner]; it was merely the name of an intersection in Belo Horizonte where Nascimento and his musician friends would hang out, sharing a love of bossa nova, The Beatles, Miles Davis and Brazilian folk music. All these influences would converge when they recorded the dreamlike Clube Da Esquina album, one of the most important Brazilian LPs in history, often described as South American’s answer to Pet…

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a quick one

With Liam’s As It Was documentary and Noel’s new High Flying Birds EP both released this month, here’s a timely reminder of what the Gallaghers achieved together. Uncut’s Deluxe Ultimate Music Guide to Oasis, out now, has been updated with a recent Liam interview, new intro and more… Following on June 21, it’s Uncut’s Ultimate Genre Guide to Soft Rock. The smooth, easylivin’ sounds of Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, ELO, Chicago, Billy Joel, 10cc, Supertramp and more explored via archive interviews and slick new writing… A pair of intriguing new podcasts have launched, featuring Uncut heroes excavating their musical past. Digging Deep, the Robert Plant podcast, “uncovers the moments, people and places that have inspired some of his most treasured music”, while the David Gilmour podcast – Three Different Ones finds the…

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return of the mac

“THE heart doesn’t beat constantly,” Ana Da Silva tells Uncut, explaining the uniquely wonky time signatures of The Raincoats’ self-titled 1979 debut LP. “If you feel some kind of emotion it goes faster – even if you cross the street and there’s a car coming. I never saw rhythm as a constant thing.” Many hearts will speed up at the news that Da Silva and her main musical foil Gina Birch are returning to the stage in November to mark 40 years since the release of this protoriot grrrl epic. The Raincoats have played sporadically since superfan Kurt Cobain invited them to reform to support Nirvana in the early 1990s, but this will be something different. “What can audiences expect? Naked nerves! Drunken revelry!” says Birch with a chuckle, promising that the…

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