John Mulvey

The 26th Uncut Playlist Of 2013



The 26th Uncut Playlist Of 2013

A couple of days late this week, thanks to an epic proofreading job on the next Uncut Ultimate Music Guide; this one’s on the subject of Depeche Mode, and will be in UK shops on the last day of July.


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Allan Jones

The Rolling Stones, Hyde Park, London, July 6, 2013



The Rolling Stones, Hyde Park, London, July 6, 2013

When The Rolling Stones appeared here in 1969, they played on a stage so ultimately flimsy it afterwards could have been towed away on the back of a truck or broken down on the spot and sold for scrap. Unlike the Stones, it was not built to last.


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Michael Bonner

First look - Springsteen & I



First look - Springsteen & I

Nick Ferraro started out as an Elvis tribute act around his native Philadelphia in 1986. On October 19, 2009, wearing his full Vegas Elvis costume, he went to see Bruce Springsteen at the Spectrum in Philadelphia. Spotting Ferraro in the crowd, Springsteen launched into “All Shook Up” before pulling him on stage to join in. As the song finished, Ferraro – perhaps enjoying his moment of glory a little too much – started singing “Blue Suede Shoes” before Springsteen politely took the mic off him, ushering him off stage with the legend, “Elvis has left the building.”


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John Mulvey

The 25th Uncut Playlist Of 2013



The 25th Uncut Playlist Of 2013

Before we get onto the list, a big thank you to everyone who engaged with the Mumfords/class/hate/Glastonbury 2013/Stones/etc blog yesterday, and a quick plug for the new issue of Uncut, out tomorrow in the UK (Alongside all the marquee stuff, I’ve written a piece about the new Tropicalia doc). As for this week’s new music, I suspect a few of you might be interested in Number Two…


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Michael Bonner

“The blood in the earth”: an interview with A Field In England director Ben Wheatley



“The blood in the earth”: an interview with A Field In England director Ben Wheatley

"They're bad people, they deserve to be punished," notes one character in Ben Wheatley’s second film, Kill List.


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Allan Jones

The Band, Neil Young, The Rolling Stones, Nico, Johnny Marr, Richard Hell and Grandmaster Flash in the new Uncut



The Band, Neil Young, The Rolling Stones, Nico, Johnny Marr, Richard Hell and Grandmaster Flash in the new Uncut

“When it came out people were like, ‘Where in the world did this come from? What kind of music is this?’” Robbie Robertson tells Uncut in an exclusive interview for this month’s cover story celebrating the 45th anniversary of The Band’s landmark debut album, Music From Big Pink.


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John Mulvey

On class, hate, The Rolling Stones, the Tory Party, Glastonbury 2013 and the problem with Mumford & Sons…



On class, hate, The Rolling Stones, the Tory Party, Glastonbury 2013 and the problem with Mumford & Sons…

At some point on Sunday night, it seems as if quite a few restless people watching the BBC’s Glastonbury coverage started Googling “threw”, “bottle” and “Mumford & Sons”. For the past 36 hours, the most popular page on uncut.co.uk has been an old news story from 2010, in which The Fall’s Mark E Smith articulated his dislike for Mumford & Sons, mistook them for “a load of retarded Irish folk singers," and claimed he threw a bottle at them during a festival in Ireland.


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Michael Bonner

Bruce Springsteen, Hard Rock Calling, London, June 30, 2013



Bruce Springsteen, Hard Rock Calling, London, June 30, 2013

In case we need reminding, the last time Bruce Springsteen played Hard Rock Calling – at Hyde Park, last July – a curfew was broken, the PA switched off, and Springsteen and a guesting Paul McCartney were silenced mid-song. It seems unlikely there would be a repeat of such shenanigans this year.


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Glastonbury 2013: The Complete Uncut Review



Glastonbury 2013: The Complete Uncut Review

For the past few days, Uncut’s Tom Pinnock took a relatively idiosyncratic path around Glastonbury Festival 2013. Here are the reviews he filed over the weekend, featuring Elvis Costello, Portishead, Goat, Robyn Hitchcock, Matthew E White, Melody’s Echo Chamber and, of course, The Rolling Stones


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Matthew E White at Glastonbury 2013 – review



Matthew E White at Glastonbury 2013 – review

Glastonbury's final day starts with blazing sun, but cloud thankfully emerges along with a cooling breeze - good conditions in which to see Matthew E White on the West Holts stage.


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As Robert Gordon reminds us in Respect Yourself: Stax Records And The Soul Explosion, his terrific account of the rise and fall of the great Memphis soul imprint, the Stax story is more than a record-label history. “It is an American story,” Gordon writes,”...