David Bowie broke down in tears while recording his first and only take of 'Five Years', the opening track on 1972’s seminal album 'The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars'.


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Bobby Womack has told Uncut that Damon Albarn reminds him of 'a young Sam Cooke'.


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The Beatles are on the cover of this month’s new issue of Uncut (March 2012) – inside is the story of the debauched Hamburg days that truly forged the 'Fab Four'. So we thought we’d delve back into July 2004’s Uncut (Take 86) to find Paul McCartney reliving the band’s formation – taking in the end of Victorian thought, the spectre of National Service and, yes, knee-tremblers – in conversation with Jon Wilde…


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In the new March issue of Uncut, out January 31, we celebrate the 40th anniversary of "Harvest", the peak of Neil Young’s journey into the mainstream. The 'Ditch Trilogy' was to follow that record, and more immediately the now unavailable "Time Fades Away", which Young has long called his “worst album”. But, as Allan Jones wrote in Uncut in May 2010 (Take 156), his most elusive release is also one of his most important…


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The new issue of Uncut, which hits shelves on January 31, features The Beatles, Television, Neil Young, The Jam and more.

On the cover is a 50th anniversary special celebrating The Beatles’ debut at Hamburg’s Star-Club.

We chart the pre-Fabs' incredible time in the German city, where intense, raucous performances and exposure to fashionable young Germans and some seriously debauched nightlife shaped their sound and image.


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St Vincent has said she believes musicians have to forget the idea of making money out of albums.


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Bob Dylan was turned away by his hero, Harry Smith, when he went to visit the American folk music archivist in the mid-'80s.


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The National’s Bryce Dessner has revealed that the band wouldn’t have formed without REM.


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There's less of the pushchairs and families at this year’s Latitude, but the site seems busier than ever - enough people to give Broken Records a pretty large crowd on the main Obelisk Arena stage.


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Banjo Or Freakout open the last of Uncut's nights at The Great Escape, perhaps the weirdest line-up of the weekend, with a pretty uncompromising set.


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The 39th Uncut Playlist Of 2014


A lot to get through here, but I'm indebted once more to the resource that is www.nyctaper.com, who this week have posted two amazing live sets by Steve Gunn and Ryley Walker. Elsewhere, there's a new Waterboys track to check out,...