With a new Happy Mondays biography just out, I thought I'd post my 2007 encounter with Shaun Ryder.


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Following this morning's momentous news of Ride's return to active service, I thought I'd dig out this piece I wrote for Uncut in 2011.


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A couple of press releases appeared in my inbox over the last few days, both announcing the surprising return of two increasingly elusive filmmakers.


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The cosmology of Christopher Nolan's new film, Interstellar, offers an instructive analogy for the career of the director himself.


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I had the good fortune to speak to Ry Cooder for the issue of Uncut that's just come off sale (quick plug: you can read all about the new issue here).


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On the morning of July 29, 1966 Bob Dylan became distracted while out riding his Triumph motorbike. Writing about the incident later in Chronicles Volume 1, Dylan rather gnomically recalled, “I had been in a motorcycle accident and I’d been hurt, but I recovered.” Of course, there is more to Dylan’s accident than that. After a period of retreat and convalescence at his Woodstock home, he began recording songs with his touring band, Robbie Robertson, Garth Hudson, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel and Levon Helm.


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At the moment, I'm compiling our films of the 2014 for the end of year issue. By sheer coincidence, one of the films I'm most looking forward to for next year is Inherent Vice. In case you're not up to speed on it, this is Paul Thomas Anderson's adaptation of the Thomas Pynchon novel - a Seventies-set noir about a stoner Private Investigator, Larry "Doc" Sportello, who's investigating the disappearance of a former girlfriend.


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If you've not already seen it, I hope you enjoy this a clip from Bill Murray's latest film, St Vincent. It's from the closing credits to the film - don't worry, there's no spoilers - which feature Murray's character, Vincent, lounging in his yard, listening to an old Sony Walkman and singing along to Dylan’s “Shelter From The Storm”. Bill sings Bob, indeed.


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Of the recent slew of rock biopics, this Jimi Hendrix film is the one that seems to get it just about right.


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In the last issue of Uncut, I reviewed Paul Weller's Classic Album Selection Volume 1; the first five solo albums in one handy box, in other words. It occurred to me, it might be a nice idea to subsequently post the full transcript of my interview with Weller, which formed the basis of our July 2014 cover story. The interview mostly took place in Weller's favoured Maida Vale cafe, but we ended up sitting in his Mini Cooper Clubman next to Regent's Canal, where he gave me a taster of his forthcoming projects. Anyway, the interview was ostensibly to tie-in with a compilation, More Modern Classics. Which is where the conversation begins...


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To Cargo, earlier this week, for what I think might have been one of my favourite gigs of the year. I wrote about Xylouris White and their "Goats" album a few weeks...