John Lennon's killer Mark Chapman has been denied parole for a seventh time.

The 57-year-old, who shot Lennon in New York in December 1980, had applied for parole again this year, but was denied following a meeting of the New York State Board Of Parole, reports BBC News.

Sally Thompson, the New York State Board Of Parole's 'deciding board member', wrote to Chapman to tell him of their decision and said that they had decided not to release him as they believed it would "undermine respect for the law and tend to trivialise the tragic loss of life".


The new issue of Uncut, which hits shelves today (August 24), features Nick Cave, David Byrne, Bob Dylan and Viv Stanshall.


Gary Rossington, guitarist and sole survivor of the original Lynyrd Skynyrd lineup, is featured through the years in Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes in the latest issue of Uncut (Take 184, September 2012). In this archive feature from the May 2006 (Take 108) issue of Uncut, the whole story of the ill-fated Southern rockers is told – from their days “acting crazy” and losing teeth, to their devastating, fatal plane crash. Words: Rob Hughes



The Beatles are set to reissue their 1967 film Magical Mystery Tour.

Released in the wake of the release of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Magical Mystery Tour was The Beatles' third film and documents a psychedelic coach trip to the seaside.

Previously out of print, a fully restored edition of the film will be released on October 9 with a remixed soundtrack and special features, including scenes that were cut from the original, as well as interviews with the band and cast.


Franz Ferdinand's Nick McCarthy has unveiled his new side-project – The Nice Nice Boys.

The guitarist has teamed up with Johnny Marr And The Healers' Andy Knowles and you can hear their new single 'Round Town', featuring rapper Marvellous Macc Mello, by scrolling down below. Recorded in McCarthy’s Sausage Studios and mixed at Abbey Road, the single is set to be released on McCarthy and Knowles' label Meat Records.


Noel Gallagher has declared himself "the best dressed roadie in rock n'roll history" and says he believes he'd still be setting up bands' gear now if he hadn't made it with Oasis.

The guitarist, who released his debut solo album 'Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds' late last year, told The Sun that he was convinced he'd still be touring with bands now as part of the backline crew as he did with Inspiral Carpets if Oasis had not gone on to become a successful band.


David Byrne has revealed how smoothly his recent collaboration with St Vincent went, in the new issue of Uncut, out on Friday (August 24).


Jack White has announced a full UK and Ireland tour for later this year.

The guitarist, singer and producer, who released his debut solo album, Blunderbuss, earlier this year, will play six shows on the trek in late October and early November.

The run of dates begins at Dublin's O2 Arena on October 31 and runs until November 8 when White headlines Edinburgh's Usher Hall.

The tour also includes shows in London, Birmingham, Bridlington and Blackpool's Empress Ballroom, the venue where The White Stripes recorded their first live DVD 'Under Blackpool Lights'.


David Gray has angered residents in London's Crouch Hill after he announced that he is planning to turn historic recording studio The Church Studios into a block of flats and offices.

The studio, which has hosted sessions by the likes of Bob Dylan, My Bloody Valentine, Radiohead, Kaiser Chiefs and Bombay Bicycle Club, is a converted church and was originally owned by Eurythmics' Dave Stewart before he sold it to Gray in 2003.


Romy Madley Croft of The xx has said that the band's forthcoming second album, 'Coexist' – which is due for release on September 10 – isn't a "world away" from their eponymous 2010 debut.

Speaking in Rolling Stone, she said that the new record "carries on" what they were doing on xx. She said: "It just sort of carries it on. It's developed, but it doesn't seem like completely a world away. I hope people will just enjoy it as a development of where we were before."



Editor's Letter

Reviewed: Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo, August 27, 2014

There is a song on "Aerial", Kate Bush's eighth and possibly best album, called "Bertie". "Here comes the sunshine," it begins, "Here comes that son of mine/Here comes the everything/Here's a song and a song for him." Nine years later, here, perhaps is a show for him: an unexpected comeback; a...