Articles by Allan Jones http://www.uncut.net/author/Allan%20Jones en Reviewed: Respect Yourself: Stax Records And The Soul Explosion by Robert Gordon http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/reviewed-respect-yourself-stax-records-and-the-soul-explosion-by-robert-gor <p>As <strong>Robert Gordon</strong> reminds us in <strong>Respect Yourself: Stax Records And The Soul Explosion</strong>, 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,” where the shoe-shine boy becomes a star, the country hayseed an international magnate. It’s the story of individuals against society, of small business competing with large, of the disenfranchised seeking their own tile in the American mosaic.”</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.uncut.net/sites/default/files/imagecache/blog/2014/04/staxbook170414w.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-blog imagecache-default imagecache-blog_default" width="630" height="300" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/reviewed-respect-yourself-stax-records-and-the-soul-explosion-by-robert-gor" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Uncut Editor's Diary Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:07:33 +0000 Allan Jones 20108 at http://www.uncut.net Dave Edmunds at 70! Happy birthday, boyo! http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/dave-edmunds-at-70-happy-birthday-boyo <p>First of all, there was the somewhat staggering recent news that <strong>Captain Sensible</strong> was about to turn 60. Then a few weeks ago, <strong>Nick Lowe</strong> was 65. And today, it turns out, <strong> Dave Edmunds</strong>, Nick’s former best mate and partner in <strong>Rockpile</strong>, is 70.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.uncut.net/sites/default/files/imagecache/blog/2014/04/rockpile150414w.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-blog imagecache-default imagecache-blog_default" width="630" height="300" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/dave-edmunds-at-70-happy-birthday-boyo" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Uncut Editor's Diary Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:23:48 +0000 Allan Jones 20094 at http://www.uncut.net Willy Vlautin Q&A http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/willy-vlautin-qa <p>There's a review I've written in the new Uncut of <strong>Colfax</strong>, the debut album by <strong>The Delines</strong>, the new band formed by <strong>Richmond Fontaine</strong> singer and song-writer, <strong>Willy Vlautin</strong>. I had a few questions for Willy that he answered by email, an extract for which runs alongside the review in the current issue. I thought it might be worth running the whole interview here.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.uncut.net/sites/default/files/imagecache/blog/2014/04/delines070414w.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-blog imagecache-default imagecache-blog_default" width="630" height="300" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/willy-vlautin-qa" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Uncut Editor's Diary Tue, 08 Apr 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Allan Jones 20057 at http://www.uncut.net Afghan Whigs, Ben Watt, Joan As Police Woman, Hurray For The Riff Raff, Howlin Rain, The Men on the new Uncut CD! http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/afghan-whigs-ben-watt-joan-as-police-woman-hurray-for-the-riff-raff-howlin- <p>We have <strong>Bruce Springsteen</strong> on the cover of the new Uncut, so it's appropriate that the free CD with the issue kicks off rousingly with Brooklyn's <strong>The Men</strong> and a track called <strong>"Another Night</strong> from their new album, <strong>Tomorrow's Hits</strong> that sounds raucously like <strong>The E Street Band</strong> having a noisy bash at <strong>"Train In Vain"</strong> by The Clash. </p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.uncut.net/sites/default/files/imagecache/blog/2014/04/uncutcd204w.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-blog imagecache-default imagecache-blog_default" width="630" height="300" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/afghan-whigs-ben-watt-joan-as-police-woman-hurray-for-the-riff-raff-howlin-" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Uncut Editor's Diary Tue, 01 Apr 2014 10:26:48 +0000 Allan Jones 20034 at http://www.uncut.net Happy Birthday, Basher! Nick Lowe at 65! http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/happy-birthday-basher-nick-lowe-at-65 <p>It was <strong>Nick Lowe's</strong> 65th birthday this week, an occasion that had me pottering around the Memory Shed, where I came across the following story, written about a much younger Nick.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.uncut.net/sites/default/files/imagecache/blog/2014/03/nicklowe280314w.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-blog imagecache-default imagecache-blog_default" width="630" height="300" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/happy-birthday-basher-nick-lowe-at-65" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Uncut Editor's Diary Fri, 28 Mar 2014 13:56:06 +0000 Allan Jones 20023 at http://www.uncut.net The new Uncut revealed! Bruce Springsteen, Van Morrison, Mama Cass, The Stooges, William Burroughs and The Damned in new issue! http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/the-new-uncut-revealed-bruce-springsteen-van-morrison-mama-cass-the-stooges <p><strong>Bruce Springsteen</strong> is on the cover of the new Uncut, which also includes features on <strong>Van Morrison</strong>, <strong>Mama Cass</strong>, <strong>The Stooges</strong>, <strong>William Burroughs</strong> and <strong>The Damned</strong>.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.uncut.net/sites/default/files/imagecache/blog/2014/03/uncutbruce250314w.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-blog imagecache-default imagecache-blog_default" width="630" height="300" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/the-new-uncut-revealed-bruce-springsteen-van-morrison-mama-cass-the-stooges" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Uncut Editor's Diary Tue, 25 Mar 2014 14:36:58 +0000 Allan Jones 20003 at http://www.uncut.net Evan Dando and Lily Allen turn out for charity album http://www.uncut.net/blog/festivals/evan-dando-and-lily-allen-turn-out-for-charity-album <p>You may recently have seen posters advertising an album called <strong>Tarka &amp; Friends: Life</strong> and wondered rather dopily if it didn’t have something to do with riverbank wildlife, not too many people of your acquaintance called Tarka.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.uncut.net/sites/default/files/imagecache/blog/2014/03/lifealbum110314w.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-blog imagecache-default imagecache-blog_default" width="630" height="300" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.uncut.net/blog/festivals/evan-dando-and-lily-allen-turn-out-for-charity-album" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Uncut Editor's Diary Tue, 18 Mar 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Allan Jones 19968 at http://www.uncut.net Introducing... Oasis: the Ultimate Music Guide http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/introducing-oasis-the-ultimate-music-guide <p>“There wasn’t a lot of pre-production for <strong>What’s The Story. . .</strong>If we were at home, the postman would drop off an envelope and in it would be a cassette saying <strong>‘Noel demos’</strong>. You’d get a phone call: ‘There’s the next album. Learn it. See you in a week.’ That’s the way Noel worked. Everyone would figure out the chords – there was no point asking him, he didn’t know the name of the fucking things. ‘It’s one of them where your finger’s up there. . .’”</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.uncut.net/sites/default/files/imagecache/blog/2014/03/oasiscover110314w.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-blog imagecache-default imagecache-blog_default" width="630" height="300" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/introducing-oasis-the-ultimate-music-guide" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Uncut Editor's Diary Tue, 11 Mar 2014 13:32:45 +0000 Allan Jones 19945 at http://www.uncut.net The War On Drugs, Drive-By Truckers, David Crosby, Real Estate, The Hold Steady on the new Uncut CD! http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/the-war-on-drugs-drive-by-truckers-david-crosby-real-estate-the-hold-steady <p>A lot of old <strong>Uncut</strong> favourites are featured on <strong>Rock'N'Roll With Us</strong>, the free CD with this month's issue, including tracks from the new albums by <strong>The War On Drugs</strong>, <strong>Drive-By Truckers</strong>, <strong>David Crosby</strong>, <strong>Real Estate</strong>, <strong>The Hold Steady</strong>, <strong>Sun Kil Moon</strong>, <strong>Spain</strong>, and <strong>Hans Chew</strong>.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.uncut.net/sites/default/files/imagecache/blog/2014/03/uncutcd203w.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-blog imagecache-default imagecache-blog_default" width="630" height="300" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/the-war-on-drugs-drive-by-truckers-david-crosby-real-estate-the-hold-steady" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Uncut Editor's Diary Tue, 04 Mar 2014 12:34:44 +0000 Allan Jones 19918 at http://www.uncut.net The new Uncut revealed! David Bowie, Peter Gabriel, Johnny Cash, Bruce Springsteen, The War On Drugs, Afghan Whigs in new issue! http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/the-new-uncut-revealed-david-bowie-peter-gabriel-johnny-cash-bruce-springst <p>“On ‘Sweet Thing’, he asked me to imagine myself as a young, French drummer who was witnessing his first execution,” recalls veteran drummer <strong>Tony Newman</strong>, recalling the sessions for <strong>David Bowie’s </strong>1974 album <strong>Diamond Dogs</strong> in John Robinson’s cover story for this month’s Uncut, which goes on sale this Friday, February 28.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.uncut.net/sites/default/files/imagecache/blog/2014/02/uncutcover250214w.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-blog imagecache-default imagecache-blog_default" width="630" height="300" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/the-new-uncut-revealed-david-bowie-peter-gabriel-johnny-cash-bruce-springst" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Uncut Editor's Diary Tue, 25 Feb 2014 14:16:02 +0000 Allan Jones 19887 at http://www.uncut.net Fear and loathing with The Damned, 1977 http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/fear-and-loathing-with-the-damned-1977 <p>The announcement by <strong>The Damned</strong> that they'll be playing the London Forum in April to celebrate <strong>Captain Sensible's</strong> 60th birthday and tickets for it will cost what they would have in 1977 has caused a lot of excitement among the band's venerabe fans and reminded me of the following mad escapade from that lively year.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.uncut.net/sites/default/files/imagecache/blog/2014/02/damned210214w.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-blog imagecache-default imagecache-blog_default" width="630" height="300" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/fear-and-loathing-with-the-damned-1977" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Uncut Editor's Diary Fri, 21 Feb 2014 16:10:13 +0000 Allan Jones 19866 at http://www.uncut.net Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, The Beatles, David Bowie. . .a hard rain and all that http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/bob-dylan-led-zeppelin-neil-young-bruce-springsteen-the-beatles-david-bowie <p>What sounded like the roof coming off the house sometime in the early hours of last Sunday morning during what you can only hope was the last of the winter’s great storms woke me with a start, stirring me from a hugely disturbing dream in which I was on <strong>Mastermind</strong> answering questions in my specialist round on <strong>The Vicar of Dibley, Seasons 1-3 (1994-2007)</strong>.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.uncut.net/sites/default/files/imagecache/blog/2014/02/bobdylan020712w.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-blog imagecache-default imagecache-blog_default" width="630" height="300" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/bob-dylan-led-zeppelin-neil-young-bruce-springsteen-the-beatles-david-bowie" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Uncut Editor's Diary Tue, 18 Feb 2014 15:30:00 +0000 Allan Jones 19843 at http://www.uncut.net XTC: Crackers in Caracas http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/xtc-crackers-in-caracas <p>There’s a very good feature in the current Uncut on the making of XTC’s “Making Plans For Nigel”, which reminded me of a time when I was often in their company, usually in far flung corners of the world, far from their Swindon homes, including the following adventure.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.uncut.net/sites/default/files/imagecache/blog/2014/02/xtc110214w.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-blog imagecache-default imagecache-blog_default" width="630" height="300" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/xtc-crackers-in-caracas" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Uncut Editor's Diary Tue, 11 Feb 2014 14:42:13 +0000 Allan Jones 19819 at http://www.uncut.net Hey! Ho! Let’s Go! The new Uncut CD previewed http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/hey-ho-let-s-go-the-new-uncut-cd-previewed <p>The new issue of Uncut went on sale at the end of last week, with a cover story by Peter Watts on <strong>The Ramones</strong> that celebrates the 40th anniversary of a band of punk misfits from Forest Hills, New York, who revolutionised rock’n’roll, the opening lines of one of whose earliest songs, <strong>“Blitzkrieg Bop”, gives its name to this month’s free CD.</strong></p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.uncut.net/sites/default/files/imagecache/blog/2014/02/uncutcd202w.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-blog imagecache-default imagecache-blog_default" width="630" height="300" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/hey-ho-let-s-go-the-new-uncut-cd-previewed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Uncut Editor's Diary Tue, 04 Feb 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Allan Jones 19791 at http://www.uncut.net Ramones! Television! Talking Heads! Blondie! Glasgow's Burning! http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/ramones-television-talking-heads-blondie-glasgows-burning <p>Fans of BBC’s <strong>Sherlock</strong> will know that the legendary detective has what he calls a Memory Palace, in which he is given to roam around, looking usually for clues to mysteries galore. My own equivalent is a sort of Memory Shed, where I am inclined to potter, most recently after reading Peter Watts’ excellent cover story on <strong>The Ramones</strong> in the current Uncut.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.uncut.net/sites/default/files/imagecache/blog/2014/01/ramones230114w.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-blog imagecache-default imagecache-blog_default" width="630" height="300" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/ramones-television-talking-heads-blondie-glasgows-burning" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Uncut Editor's Diary Fri, 31 Jan 2014 14:46:52 +0000 Allan Jones 19786 at http://www.uncut.net Respect Yourself: Stax Records And The Soul Explosion http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/respect-yourself-stax-records-and-the-soul-explosion <p>Anyone who’s read any of Robert Gordon’s previous books, like Can’t Be Satisfied, for instance, his great biography of Muddy Waters, will no doubt be looking forward to <strong>Respect Yourself: Stax Records And The Soul Explosion</strong>, Gordon’s history of the legendary Memphis label, which is published this month by Bloomsbury.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.uncut.net/sites/default/files/imagecache/blog/2014/01/otis210114w.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-blog imagecache-default imagecache-blog_default" width="630" height="300" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/respect-yourself-stax-records-and-the-soul-explosion" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Uncut Editor's Diary Tue, 21 Jan 2014 13:34:45 +0000 Allan Jones 19724 at http://www.uncut.net You Really Got It! The new Uncut CD previewed http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/you-really-got-it-the-new-uncut-cd-previewed-0 <p>The new issue of Uncut has just gone on sale. The Kinks are on the cover and inside we have exclusive interviews with Ray and Dave Davies, who tell us what it will take for them to get back together to celebrate the band’s 50th anniversary in 2014, so we’ve titled this month’s free CD after one of their early hits.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.uncut.net/sites/default/files/imagecache/blog/2014/01/uncutcd201w_0.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-blog imagecache-default imagecache-blog_default" width="630" height="300" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/you-really-got-it-the-new-uncut-cd-previewed-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Uncut Editor's Diary Fri, 03 Jan 2014 13:53:12 +0000 Allan Jones 19638 at http://www.uncut.net The Kinks, Robert Plant, David Crosby, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Elvis Presley in the first Uncut of 2014 http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/the-kinks-robert-plant-david-crosby-bob-dylan-bruce-springsteen-and-elvis-p <p>This is the last newsletter of 2013, and therefore an appropriate moment perhaps to thank you for your support over the last 12 months and wish you all the best for the New Year. The next time you hear from me, our first issue of 2014 will already be out – we’ll be on sale from Friday, January 3 – so here’s a brief taster of what to expect.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.uncut.net/sites/default/files/imagecache/blog/2013/12/171213kinks2w.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-blog imagecache-default imagecache-blog_default" width="630" height="300" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/the-kinks-robert-plant-david-crosby-bob-dylan-bruce-springsteen-and-elvis-p" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Uncut Editor's Diary Tue, 17 Dec 2013 14:41:37 +0000 Allan Jones 19597 at http://www.uncut.net The Best Albums Of 2013 - The Editor's Choice http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/the-best-new-albums-of-2013-the-editors-choice <p>The current issue of Uncut comes with a rather spiffing free 52-page magazine that hosts our essential guide to the best new albums, reissues, box sets, films, DVDs and books of 2013. This year we’ve expanded our new album section to a Top 80, as voted for by the Uncut staff and nigh on 50 of our regular contributors.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.uncut.net/sites/default/files/imagecache/blog/2013/12/manandmyth-2.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-blog imagecache-default imagecache-blog_default" width="630" height="300" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/the-best-new-albums-of-2013-the-editors-choice" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Uncut Editor's Diary Tue, 10 Dec 2013 13:36:08 +0000 Allan Jones 19566 at http://www.uncut.net Tom Waits, Raging Bull, Lou Reed, Scarface, Talking Heads, Blade Runner and the music and films of the 1980s http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/tom-waits-raging-bull-lou-reed-scarface-talking-heads-blade-runner-and-the- <p>First of all this week, let me quickly plug our most recent Ultimate Music Guide, which is dedicated to Depeche Mode. As with previous specials in the Ultimate Music Guide series on David Bowie, the Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, John Lennon, Paul Weller, The Clash, Nick Cave, The Kinks, U2, REM and The Smiths – all of which you can order online at uncut.co.uk/store or order digitally at uncut.co.uk/download – Depeche Mode – The Ultimate Music Guide features brand new reviews of all Depeche’s albums, written by a stellar team of Uncut scribes, plus a ton of vintage interviews from the archives of Melody Maker and NME, reprinted for the first time in years and covering the whole of the band’s career from their first stirrings in deepest Basildon in the early 80s.</p> <p>Depeche Mode – The Ultimate Music Guide is on sale now.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.uncut.net/sites/default/files/imagecache/blog/2013/08/hmv80sfilmflagw.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-blog imagecache-default imagecache-blog_default" width="630" height="300" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/tom-waits-raging-bull-lou-reed-scarface-talking-heads-blade-runner-and-the-" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Uncut Editor's Diary Tue, 13 Aug 2013 14:49:41 +0000 Allan Jones 19048 at http://www.uncut.net Dylan, Coppola, Springsteen, Scorsese, Neil Young, Polanski, The Clash, Joni Mitchell and the 1970s in music and movies http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/dylan-coppola-springsteen-scorsese-neil-young-polanski-the-clash-woody-alle <p>You find us at that time in the month when things start getting more than a wee bit hectic, deadlines fast approaching as we head into the final week or so of work on the new issue, for which I am reviewing <strong>Roy Harper</strong>’s Man &amp; Myth, his first album of new material since The Green Man, 13 years ago. There’s also the small matter of next month’s cover story, which I’m also writing, which means it’s all go at the moment.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.uncut.net/sites/default/files/imagecache/blog/2013/08/hmv70smusicflagw.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-blog imagecache-default imagecache-blog_default" width="630" height="300" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/dylan-coppola-springsteen-scorsese-neil-young-polanski-the-clash-woody-alle" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Uncut Editor's Diary Tue, 06 Aug 2013 13:13:01 +0000 Allan Jones 19018 at http://www.uncut.net Sinatra, Brando, Elvis, James Dean, Buddy Holly, Orson Welles , Miles Davis Alfred Hitchcock and the 1950s in music and movies http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/sinatra-brando-elvis-james-dean-buddy-holly-orson-welles-miles-davis-alfred <p>One of the projects we have just finished working on for the next issue of Uncut, on sale next week, was a special promotional feature we have produced in association with hmv, which is newly returned to robust high street health after recent rough times.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.uncut.net/sites/default/files/imagecache/blog/2013/07/230713music50sw.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-blog imagecache-default imagecache-blog_default" width="630" height="300" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/sinatra-brando-elvis-james-dean-buddy-holly-orson-welles-miles-davis-alfred" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Uncut Editor's Diary Tue, 23 Jul 2013 12:27:16 +0000 Allan Jones 18949 at http://www.uncut.net God bless Rod Stewart http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/god-bless-rod-stewart <p>God bless Rod Stewart</p> <p>Not even creepy celebrity horse-whisperer Alan Yentob could wholly ruin last week’s highly entertaining BBC Arena special on Rod Stewart. His contributions were laughably witless all the same. “You look just like brothers!” he exclaimed excitedly of Rod and long-time mucker Ronnie Woods, which may have been true 40 years ago. These days they don’t even look like cousins. </p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.uncut.net/sites/default/files/imagecache/blog/2013/07/rod160713w.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-blog imagecache-default imagecache-blog_default" width="630" height="300" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/god-bless-rod-stewart" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Uncut Editor's Diary Tue, 16 Jul 2013 15:27:23 +0000 Allan Jones 18923 at http://www.uncut.net The Rolling Stones, Hyde Park, London, July 6, 2013 http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/the-rolling-stones-hyde-park-london-july-6-2013 <p>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.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.uncut.net/sites/default/files/imagecache/blog/2013/07/stones090713w.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-blog imagecache-default imagecache-blog_default" width="630" height="300" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/the-rolling-stones-hyde-park-london-july-6-2013" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Uncut Editor's Diary Tue, 09 Jul 2013 12:52:00 +0000 Allan Jones 18894 at http://www.uncut.net The Band, Neil Young, The Rolling Stones, Nico, Johnny Marr, Richard Hell and Grandmaster Flash in the new Uncut http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/the-band-neil-young-the-rolling-stones-nico-johnny-marr-richard-hell-and-gr <p>“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.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.uncut.net/sites/default/files/imagecache/blog/2013/07/uncutbandcover.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-blog imagecache-default imagecache-blog_default" width="630" height="300" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/the-band-neil-young-the-rolling-stones-nico-johnny-marr-richard-hell-and-gr" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Uncut Editor's Diary Tue, 02 Jul 2013 14:05:05 +0000 Allan Jones 18866 at http://www.uncut.net Neil Young: Walk Like A Giant http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/neil-young-walk-like-a-giant <p>Last week started on an absolute high when <strong>Neil Young &amp; Crazy Horse</strong>’s Alchemy tour rocked up to London’s 02 Arena, turbulence in its wake, some of the crowds they had recently played to evidently unhappy with aspects of the band’s current set, notably the long jams around the songs they are playing from last year’s Psychedelic Pill, especially “<strong>Walk Like A Giant</strong>” and the extended feedback cacophony of its final 10 minutes, which was spectacularly brutal. Audiences in Birmingham and Newcastle had been from all accounts clearly agitated.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.uncut.net/sites/default/files/imagecache/blog/2013/06/250613neilyoungw.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-blog imagecache-default imagecache-blog_default" width="630" height="300" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/neil-young-walk-like-a-giant" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Uncut Editor's Diary Tue, 25 Jun 2013 13:23:26 +0000 Allan Jones 18807 at http://www.uncut.net An encounter with Van Morrison http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/an-encounter-with-van-morrison <p>Consider this the last in a short series of encounters with somewhat cantankerous sorts, following accounts in this space over the couple of weeks of meetings with Lou Reed and Gordon Lightfoot, both of which have stirred some passing interest and lively comment. Today’s subject is Van Morrison, by reputation a notoriously tough assignment, as I would discover.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.uncut.net/sites/default/files/imagecache/blog/2013/06/vanmorrison89.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-blog imagecache-default imagecache-blog_default" width="630" height="300" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/an-encounter-with-van-morrison" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Uncut Editor's Diary Tue, 18 Jun 2013 14:07:29 +0000 Allan Jones 18783 at http://www.uncut.net ‘Even worse than Lou Reed. . .’ http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/even-worse-than-lou-reed <p>Lou Reed was back in the news last week and for reasons other than his recent life-saving liver transplant. It turned out that some boorish actor, a self-styled hell-raiser, Rhys Ifans, by name, had thrown a bit of a strop during a newspaper interview and so one of the Saturday broadsheets, presumably stuck for anything else to fill its pages, canvassed some notable journalists about their most difficult celebrity interview.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.uncut.net/sites/default/files/imagecache/blog/2013/06/110613gordonlightfootw.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-blog imagecache-default imagecache-blog_default" width="630" height="300" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/even-worse-than-lou-reed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Uncut Editor's Diary Tue, 11 Jun 2013 11:04:33 +0000 Allan Jones 18754 at http://www.uncut.net Lou Reed, New York, 1978 http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/lou-reed-new-york-1978 <p>Checking emails over the weekend, I was more than passingly alarmed when I got a message from a friend asking if I’d heard the news about Lou Reed. This sounded somewhat ominous. Lou has looked decidedly frail at recent London shows and he is after all 71 and despite being sober for many years has not always led the kind of lifestyle that could be described as wholly healthy. For a long time, he seemed alongside Keith Richards the rock star most likely to become a casualty of what might euphemistically be described as reckless living. Could the excesses of his past finally have caught up with him?</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.uncut.net/sites/default/files/imagecache/blog/2013/06/allanandlou040613w.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-blog imagecache-default imagecache-blog_default" width="630" height="300" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/lou-reed-new-york-1978" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Uncut Editor's Diary Tue, 04 Jun 2013 13:53:43 +0000 Allan Jones 18730 at http://www.uncut.net Robert Fripp steals the show in David Bowie documentary http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/robert-fripp-steals-the-show-in-david-bowie-documentary <p>I don’t know if you saw it, but BBC2’s David Bowie documentary, Five Years, screened at the weekend, was very entertaining. A lot of the archive footage was familiar, but there were also some splendidly unexpected highlights, like a sequence of Bowie filmed at Andy Warhol’s Factory, which rather vividly suggested that Bowie’s talent for mime isn’t perhaps all it’s cracked up to be in which he pretended to unspool his own entrails and pluck out his heart, a performance that was doubtless accompanied by much sniggering from Andy's crowd.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.uncut.net/sites/default/files/imagecache/blog/2013/05/bowiefrippeno280513w.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-blog imagecache-default imagecache-blog_default" width="630" height="300" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/robert-fripp-steals-the-show-in-david-bowie-documentary" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Uncut Editor's Diary Tue, 28 May 2013 11:23:30 +0000 Allan Jones 18702 at http://www.uncut.net Bruce Springsteen, Tame Impala, Rodriguez, George Clinton, John Fogerty, Prince and George Jones in new Uncut http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/bruce-springsteen-tame-impala-rodriguez-george-clinton-john-fogerty-prince- <p>I would have bought the issue of Melody Maker in which I first read about Bruce Springsteen on my way into the art school in Newport, where in March 1973 I was in my last term, only a few months away from moving to London and not long after that fetching up on MM as a junior reporter/feature writer, a turn of events that was wholly unexpected and still seems somewhat unreal. Anyway, that was all to come. That Thursday morning, as ever in those days, I picked up a copy of MM at the paper shop at the top of Stow Hill, then eagerly devoured it on the bus into town.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.uncut.net/sites/default/files/imagecache/blog/2013/05/springsteen210513w.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-blog imagecache-default imagecache-blog_default" width="630" height="300" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/bruce-springsteen-tame-impala-rodriguez-george-clinton-john-fogerty-prince-" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Uncut Editor's Diary Tue, 21 May 2013 14:25:54 +0000 Allan Jones 18677 at http://www.uncut.net Nick Cave - The Ultimate Music Guide, on sale this week! http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/nikc-cave-the-ultimate-music-guide-on-sale-this-week <p>“I think I was reaching quite high from the beginning. I may not have had any right to be, but I was. I was always interested in people that were older than me and I looked up to them – people really from a different era to me: Johnny Cash, John Lee Hooker, even writers like Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen. I wasn’t particularly influenced by my contemporaries. They weren’t very good.”</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.uncut.net/sites/default/files/imagecache/blog/2013/05/nickcaveumg140513w.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-blog imagecache-default imagecache-blog_default" width="630" height="300" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/nikc-cave-the-ultimate-music-guide-on-sale-this-week" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Uncut Editor's Diary Tue, 14 May 2013 12:03:19 +0000 Allan Jones 18644 at http://www.uncut.net Willie Nelson and friends, including Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Keith Richards, Paul Simon and Merle Haggard http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/willie-nelson-and-friends-including-neil-young-bob-dylan-keith-richards-pau <p>There’s a great video on uncut.co.uk at the moment of <a href = "http://www.uncut.co.uk/watch-neil-youngs-birthday-tribute-to-willie-nelson-news" target="_blank">Neil Young</a> singing ‘Happy Birthday’ in affectionate celebration of Willie Nelson, who was, astonishingly, 80 last month.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.uncut.net/sites/default/files/imagecache/blog/2013/05/neilwillie070513w.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-blog imagecache-default imagecache-blog_default" width="630" height="300" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/willie-nelson-and-friends-including-neil-young-bob-dylan-keith-richards-pau" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Uncut Editor's Diary Tue, 07 May 2013 12:14:33 +0000 Allan Jones 18614 at http://www.uncut.net 'Blame it on Jack White...' Introducing BP Fallon & The Bandits http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/blame-it-on-jack-white-introducing-bp-fallon-the-bandits <p>The last time I had occasion to write about my old friend <strong>BP Fallon</strong> in Uncut was in March, 2010, when he’d just released his debut single, produced by Jack White and released by Jack’s Third Man Records as the first in the label’s new Spoken Word-Instructional record Series. “Fame #9” was backed with “BP Fallon Interview By Jack White” and “I Believe In Elvis Presley”, on which White played some viperish slide guitar, with The Raconteurs’ Patrick Keeler on drums. There was also a video, featuring some of BP’s many friends, including Kevin Shields, Bobby Gillespie and Gemma Hayes.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.uncut.net/sites/default/files/imagecache/blog/2013/04/5bpfallonthebanditsbarriecadoganbpfaaronleetasjanbycdurstmg83649e.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-blog imagecache-default imagecache-blog_default" width="630" height="300" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/blame-it-on-jack-white-introducing-bp-fallon-the-bandits" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Uncut Editor's Diary Tue, 30 Apr 2013 12:04:56 +0000 Allan Jones 18589 at http://www.uncut.net Uncut at the Great Escape 2013 http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/uncut-at-the-great-escape-2013 <p> The full line-up for this year’s Great Escape festival in Brighton was announced today and along with it the line-up for the Uncut Stage at the Pavilion Theatre, where we’ll be hosting three nights of great music from May 16-May 18, with four bands each night. It’s probably our strongest-ever Great Escape bill and includes several of my own current favourites, among them Phosphorescent, Allah-Las, Lord Huron and Mikal Cronin, although there’s no one I’d really want to miss.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.uncut.net/sites/default/files/imagecache/blog/2013/04/phosphorescent160413w.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-blog imagecache-default imagecache-blog_default" width="630" height="300" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/uncut-at-the-great-escape-2013" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Uncut Editor's Diary Tue, 16 Apr 2013 12:57:41 +0000 Allan Jones 18522 at http://www.uncut.net Saying the unsayable: Elvis Costello, 'Tramp The Dirt Down' and Margaret Thatcher http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/saying-the-unsayable-elvis-costello-tramp-the-dirt-down-and-margaret-thatch <p>“To make true political music,” the great American critic Greil Marcus wrote nearly 25 years ago, “you have to say what decent people don’t want to hear; that’s something that people fit for satellite benefit concerts will never understand, and that <strong>Elvis Costello</strong> understood before anyone heard his name.”</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.uncut.net/sites/default/files/imagecache/blog/2013/04/elviscostello090413w.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-blog imagecache-default imagecache-blog_default" width="630" height="300" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/saying-the-unsayable-elvis-costello-tramp-the-dirt-down-and-margaret-thatch" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Uncut Editor's Diary Tue, 09 Apr 2013 12:32:51 +0000 Allan Jones 18491 at http://www.uncut.net The Who, Cream, Kevin Ayers, Matthew E White, Kurt Vile, Jeff Lynne in the new Uncut http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/the-who-cream-kevin-ayers-matthew-e-white-kurt-vile-jeff-lynne-in-the-new-u <p>When I first started reading what used to be Melody Maker, in a time now shrouded not so much in what are usually called the mists of time as they are in a fog as dense as anything that might gather over Dogger Bank, I used to accept its weekly delivery in the manner of some kind of jackal, cur or otherwise fanged and ravenous critter.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.uncut.net/sites/default/files/imagecache/blog/2013/03/thewho260313w.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-blog imagecache-default imagecache-blog_default" width="630" height="300" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/the-who-cream-kevin-ayers-matthew-e-white-kurt-vile-jeff-lynne-in-the-new-u" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Uncut Editor's Diary Tue, 26 Mar 2013 16:28:34 +0000 Allan Jones 18425 at http://www.uncut.net The Smiths - The Ultimate Music Guide! Uncut special on sale this week http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/the-smiths-the-ultimate-music-guide-uncut-special-on-sale-this-week <p>Shameless plug coming your way! This Thursday, March 14, the next in our ongoing series of Ultimate Music Guides hits the shops. This one is dedicated to The Smiths.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.uncut.net/sites/default/files/imagecache/blog/2013/03/smithscover120313w.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-blog imagecache-default imagecache-blog_default" width="630" height="300" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/the-smiths-the-ultimate-music-guide-uncut-special-on-sale-this-week" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Uncut Editor's Diary Tue, 12 Mar 2013 15:58:40 +0000 Allan Jones 18338 at http://www.uncut.net The Replacements are back! Uncut rejoices! http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/the-replacements-are-back-uncut-rejoices <p>The world and nearly everyone in it has been reduced to trembling excitement by the return of David Bowie, but for some of us there is another recent resurrection perhaps even more miraculous and just as unexpected, a comeback by The Replacements, who today release online the Songs For Slim EP, their first new recordings in more than 20 years.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.uncut.net/sites/default/files/imagecache/blog/2013/03/replacements050313w.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-blog imagecache-default imagecache-blog_default" width="630" height="300" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/the-replacements-are-back-uncut-rejoices" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Uncut Editor's Diary Tue, 05 Mar 2013 16:44:29 +0000 Allan Jones 18308 at http://www.uncut.net David Bowie's The Next Day - The ultimate review and 10-page special in the new Uncut http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/david-bowies-the-next-day-the-ultimate-review-and-10-page-special-in-the-ne <p>David Bowie’s return to active service with The Next Day has been described as the greatest comeback ever and I’m sure every Bowie fan is hoping this will in fact be the truth of the matter when they finally get to hear the album, which is released on March 11, still a tantalising couple of weeks away at the time of writing.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.uncut.net/sites/default/files/imagecache/blog/2013/02/davidbowiecap260213w.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-blog imagecache-default imagecache-blog_default" width="630" height="300" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/david-bowies-the-next-day-the-ultimate-review-and-10-page-special-in-the-ne" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Uncut Editor's Diary Tue, 26 Feb 2013 12:48:20 +0000 Allan Jones 18276 at http://www.uncut.net Uncut at The Great Escape with Phosphorescent and Allah-Las http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/uncut-at-the-great-escape-with-phosphorescent-and-allah-las <p>In his memoir, Prince Among Stones: That Business With The Rolling Stones And Other Adventures, which I’ve just reviewed for the next Uncut, Prince Rupert Loewenstein, who was the band’s financial adviser for nearly 40 years, reflects at one point about how time as he gets older has started, as they say, to fly. Thinking about this, he is reminded of a famous quote by the grand old thespian, John Gielgud, who wryly remarked that in his old age time had started to speed by at such a pace that it seemed like breakfast was being served every 10 minutes.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.uncut.net/sites/default/files/imagecache/blog/2013/02/phosphorescent190213w.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-blog imagecache-default imagecache-blog_default" width="630" height="300" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/uncut-at-the-great-escape-with-phosphorescent-and-allah-las" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Uncut Editor's Diary Tue, 19 Feb 2013 16:33:58 +0000 Allan Jones 18245 at http://www.uncut.net Kraftwerk at Tate Modern, The Uncut Sessions 2013 http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/kraftwerk-at-tate-modern-the-uncut-sessions-2013 <p>There’s been a lot of excitement around the office over the last couple of weeks, with the imminent arrival of the first David Bowie album since what seems like the end of rationing causing a certain giddiness in the Uncut ranks, followed by the actual release of the long-promised new My Bloody Valentine album, a mere 22 years after Loveless.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.uncut.net/sites/default/files/imagecache/blog/2013/02/kraftwerk120213w.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-blog imagecache-default imagecache-blog_default" width="630" height="300" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/kraftwerk-at-tate-modern-the-uncut-sessions-2013" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Uncut Editor's Diary Tue, 12 Feb 2013 15:21:19 +0000 Allan Jones 18220 at http://www.uncut.net Tom Waits, David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, The Beach Boys, Richard Thompson in the new Uncut http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/tom-waits-david-bowie-jimi-hendrix-the-beach-boys-richard-thompson-in-the-n <p>Tom Waits is staring back at me from the cover of the new Uncut, which goes on sale this Thursday, January 31. It’s a picture of the young Tom that I’m looking at, long before he ended up with a face that now makes you think a tractor tyre must recently have run over it, a corrugated look he shares with his friend, Keith Richards. He is in fact startlingly young in the picture, even though it would seem he hasn’t shaved for a week and for just as long has been sleeping in the clothes he’s wearing.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.uncut.net/sites/default/files/imagecache/blog/2013/01/tomwaits290113w.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-blog imagecache-default imagecache-blog_default" width="630" height="300" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/tom-waits-david-bowie-jimi-hendrix-the-beach-boys-richard-thompson-in-the-n" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Uncut Editor's Diary Tue, 29 Jan 2013 16:09:52 +0000 Allan Jones 18158 at http://www.uncut.net The Beatles - The Uncut Ultimate Music Guide on sale this week http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/the-beatles-the-uncut-ultimate-music-guide-on-sale-this-week <p>The next Uncut Ultimate Music Guide goes on sale on Thursday (January 17), hot on the heels of our special on The Kinks, and is dedicated this time to The Beatles. There’s the usual mix of brand new reviews of all The Beatles albums by our current team of writers alongside some truly remarkable interviews from the archives of Melody Maker and NME, for which the description ‘mind-blowing’ seems barely adequate.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.uncut.net/sites/default/files/imagecache/blog/2013/01/beatlesumg140113w.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-blog imagecache-default imagecache-blog_default" width="630" height="300" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/the-beatles-the-uncut-ultimate-music-guide-on-sale-this-week" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Uncut Editor's Diary Tue, 15 Jan 2013 14:01:35 +0000 Allan Jones 18081 at http://www.uncut.net Mick Ronson on David Bowie and Bob Dylan http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/mick-ronson-on-david-bowie-and-bob-dylan <p>“The one thing that saved Mick at this point was Dylan,” Mick Ronson’s wife, Suzi, recalls in a terrific feature on her late husband by Garry Mulholland in the new issue of Uncut. She was talking about the shambles Mick’s career had become after he was dumped by David Bowie and his first two solo albums, Slaughter On 10th Avenue and Play Don’t Worry, had both flopped. Things hadn’t really worked out with the Hunter-Ronson Band, either, and you wondered where Mick might go from here when he unexpectedly hove into view as a member of Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.uncut.net/sites/default/files/imagecache/blog/2013/01/ronson080113w.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-blog imagecache-default imagecache-blog_default" width="630" height="300" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/mick-ronson-on-david-bowie-and-bob-dylan" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Uncut Editor's Diary Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:09:23 +0000 Allan Jones 18045 at http://www.uncut.net Gram Parsons, Ray Davies, Mick Ronson, Simple Minds, The Rolling Stones, Family and Nick Drake's mum in the new Uncut http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/gram-parsons-ray-davies-mick-ronson-simple-minds-the-rolling-stones-family- <p>There’s a lot to be said for the charisma of premature death. And the manner of his particular dying – turning blue on a motel floor at the age of 26, his heart fatally faltering, ice cubes being stuffed up his ass in a pathetic attempt to bring him back from the brink after one binge too many – booked Gram parsons an automatic place of honour in a rock’n’roll Valhalla already overcrowded with dead young heroes, Jimi, Janis, Brian Jones, Jim Morrison, Otis Redding, Sam Cooke and more already among its spectral population when Gram died in September, 1973.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.uncut.net/sites/default/files/imagecache/blog/2013/01/gramparsons020113w.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-blog imagecache-default imagecache-blog_default" width="630" height="300" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/gram-parsons-ray-davies-mick-ronson-simple-minds-the-rolling-stones-family-" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Uncut Editor's Diary Wed, 02 Jan 2013 15:55:04 +0000 Allan Jones 18016 at http://www.uncut.net A Little Bit Of Bruce For Christmas http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/a-little-bit-of-bruce-for-christmas <p>Here we are at the end of another year, finishing off our first issue of 2013 and looking forward to the Christmas break, which starts for us on Friday. We’re off then until January 2, when we will no doubt return refreshed to face the New Year. This is therefore the last newsletter for a couple of weeks, so I’ll take the opportunity now to thank you for all your support and enthusiasm over the last 12 months, which has been much appreciated by everyone at Uncut. We hope all our readers enjoy their own Christmas holidays and wish you all the best for the coming year.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.uncut.net/sites/default/files/imagecache/blog/2012/12/brucekeith181212w.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-blog imagecache-default imagecache-blog_default" width="630" height="300" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/a-little-bit-of-bruce-for-christmas" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Uncut Editor's Diary Tue, 18 Dec 2012 15:36:49 +0000 Allan Jones 17997 at http://www.uncut.net The Allah-Las, London Shackleworth Arms, December 11, 2012 http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/the-allah-las-london-shackleworth-arms-december-11-2012 <p>The Allah-Las make their UK debut in the back room of a north London pub on a freezing December night, the inhospitable weather not something familiar to in their native Los Angeles, where it probably only gets this cold in disaster movies, palm trees turning brittle with frost, the ocean becoming ice, CGI snow drifts on Sunset Strip and Denis Quaid in a parka and Bermuda shorts standing square-jawed and wrinkled-kneed against the elements.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.uncut.net/sites/default/files/imagecache/blog/2012/12/allahlas111212w.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-blog imagecache-default imagecache-blog_default" width="630" height="300" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/the-allah-las-london-shackleworth-arms-december-11-2012" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Uncut Editor's Diary Tue, 11 Dec 2012 16:46:49 +0000 Allan Jones 17971 at http://www.uncut.net More thoughts on The Rolling Stones. . . http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/more-thoughts-on-the-rolling-stones <p>On my way home last week from The Rolling Stones at the O2, still a-buzz with excitement, I ended up chatting to a group of similarly exhilarated fans, who between them didn’t have enough fingers to count the number of Stones shows they’d been to, Brian Jones still a Stone the first time a couple of them had seen them.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.uncut.net/sites/default/files/imagecache/blog/2012/12/rollingstones041212w.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-blog imagecache-default imagecache-blog_default" width="630" height="300" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/more-thoughts-on-the-rolling-stones" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Uncut Editor's Diary Tue, 04 Dec 2012 16:37:18 +0000 Allan Jones 17944 at http://www.uncut.net The Rolling Stones, London 02, November 29, 2012 http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/the-rolling-stones-london-02-november-29-2012 <p>After all the hoo-ha, huff, hysteria and hot air, here, finally, are The Rolling Stones doing what they do even better than raising the collective temperature with impertinent ticket prices, something they seem to have been doing at least since their 1969 American tour, nothing new in the Stones being accused of commercial banditry and the cynical exploitation of their fans, on whose behalf so many complaints have been indignantly voiced since the 50 And Counting dates in London and New York were announced. Why don’t they celebrate their half-centenary with, say, a free concert, the cry went up in some quarters, and let more people have a chance to see them, and for nothing too? Well, when they tried that in 1969, look where it got them: Altamont.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.uncut.net/sites/default/files/imagecache/blog/2012/11/rollingstones301112w.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-blog imagecache-default imagecache-blog_default" width="630" height="300" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.uncut.net/blog/uncut-editors-diary/the-rolling-stones-london-02-november-29-2012" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Uncut Editor's Diary Fri, 30 Nov 2012 16:26:38 +0000 Allan Jones 17933 at http://www.uncut.net