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Julian Cope: “I found Christianity wanting… when I learnt more, I found the other religions wanting too”

Julian Cope: “I found Christianity wanting… when I learnt more, I found the other religions wanting too”

Julian Cope has explained more about his anti-religious beliefs in the new issue of Uncut, dated September 2013 and out now.

Referring to the ideas behind the 11-minute “Destroy Religion”, which closes his new album Revolutionary Suicide, Cope says: “I found Christianity wanting for the first 11 years of my career. Then, when I learnt more, I found the other religions wanting, too.

“Everyone’ll be going, ‘Oh, he’s slagging off religion again,’ but I just thought it was an opportunity to say it the best way. And the best way is doing it like Amon Düül I with William Blake on lead vocals.”

Cope has frequently written about religion throughout his career, notably on the pagan Krautrock of 1992's Jehovahkill.

Revolutionary Suicide is also reviewed in the new issue of Uncut, which is out now.

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