Uncut Editor's Diary

Robert Plant, Tom Petty, The Beatles, King Crimson, Bobby Womack: inside the new Uncut!

Robert Plant, Tom Petty, The Beatles, King Crimson, Bobby Womack: inside the new Uncut!
Michael Bonner

Welcome to the new issue of Uncut! John’s on holiday this week – he was last seen disappearing into darkest Gloucestershire – so it falls to me to show you around this month's edition instead.

Our exclusive cover story finds us catching up with Robert Plant as he prepares to release his excellent new solo album, lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar. I was fortunate enough to spend the day with Plant in Ludlow, not too far from where he lives, for this in-depth and often wonderfully digressive interview which took in musical transcendence, dog breeding and the pursuit of a decent pint of bitter in Spanish nightclubs, via stop-offs in Nashville, Tipton and Marrakech. We also spoke, perhaps inevitably, about his current relationship with former band-mate Jimmy Page – coincidentally, when Plant and I met, the first batch of Zep remasters were about to roll out. The piece is wrapped up by a trip to Paris to see Plant and his current musical cohorts, the Sensational Space Shifters, play live at the Bataclan. You can read the full story in the new issue of Uncut; in shops today.

Elsewhere in the issue, Richard Lester, Pattie Boyd, Lionel Blair, Phil Collins, producer Denis O’Dell and more recount the making of The Beatles’ film debut, A Hard Day’s Night, Tom Petty shows us round his Malibu home studio as he reflects on the Heartbreakers’ storied career and their new album Hypnotic Eye and Richard and Linda Thompson look back at their first masterpiece, I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight. We also pay tribute to the late, great Bobby Womack, while J Mascis answers your questions, Yes talk us through their greatest albums and Josef K recall the making of “It’s Kinda Funny”. Robert Fripp speaks exclusively about the latest incarnation of King Crimson, Jenny Lewis picks the records that changed her life and we welcome Lonnie Holley and Merchandise to our pages.

Meanwhile, in our reviews pages, there’s new albums by Spoon, office favourite Ty Segall, Robyn Hitchcock, Cold Specks and Sinéad O’Connor, as well as reissues from The Allman Brothers Band, Elvis Presley and a rare gem from the Aphex Twin archives. In film and DVD, there’s brilliant new Nick Cave doc and a welcome return to Twin Peaks, plus Morrissey in concert. In books, there's a new Alex Chilton biography while in our live section, we catch up with Jack White, Stevie Wonder and The Eagles.

Anyway, that’s enough from me, I think. Of course, we’d love to hear from you – so do please drop us a line with your thoughts, pontifications, passions, opinions, enthusiasms and so on at our new address: uncut_feedback@ipcmedia.com.

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