Uncut Editor's Diary

New album madness, David Cronenberg, Zep Ultimate Music Guide

New album madness, David Cronenberg, Zep Ultimate Music Guide
Michael Bonner

Hey there. I hope you all had a good Bank Holiday weekend. Allan’s off today – an extra day holiday, no less – so I’m filling in on newsletter duties.

I’m only recently back from holidays myself, so much of the Jubilee weekend was spent trying to catch up with various bits of television and some movies I’ve missed while I’ve been away. My biggest shock was discovering that the last two episodes of The Bridge have been taken down off iPlayer. Uh. I did venture out through the rain to see Ridley Scott’s Alien prequel, Prometheus, which I’ve written about over on my blog, The View From Here. This week, I'll hopefully catch up with David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis, which I’ve heard good reports about from the Cannes Film Festival. It's based on Don DeLillo's novella, and finds Robert Pattinson driving round New York. I remember the book being incredible - and here's hoping Cronenberg delivers something that does it justice. 'Stylised and borderline pretentious apocalyptic fun!', said one good friend of Uncut. Anyway, I'll get some words up on my blog about that soon.

It’s a good – if potentially expensive – week for Uncut readers. Among the new releases in the shops there’s albums by the Beach Boys, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Patti Smith and Dexys, as well as the arrival of The Beatles' Yellow Submarine on DVD. I can’t remember a week when so many of our core artists had releases out, but don't panic! If you need any steers as to which ones to spend your money on, then I’d recommend you check out the reviews pages in the current issue of Uncut.

In other business, our latest Ultimate Music Guide goes on sale tomorrow. Following on from our previous editions dedicated to David Bowie, John Lennon, the Stones, REM and The Clash, this edition focuses on Led Zeppelin. We provide an in-depth overview of the band's entire career through a host of classic interviews, unseen for years, from the archives of NME and Melody Maker, plus new reviews of all of the studio albums.

You can buy it in the shops, and it's also available to order online here:

http://www.backstreet-merch.com/stores/nme/official_nme_magazine_uncut-l...

Anyway, I hope you all enjoy the rest of your week.

Cheers for now.


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