The artist discusses his roots and songs in the new issue

Van Morrison explains his complex musical evolution in the new issue of Uncut, dated May 2015 and out now.

The man himself discusses his roots and working practices, while musicians and producers who have worked with him lift the lid on the secret stories behind 10 of his greatest albums, including Astral Weeks, Moondance, Veedon Fleece and Common One.

“For singers it’s about playing with time; same for jazz,” explains Morrison. “How do you carve up the time, stretch it out? How do you bridge it, how do you make space?

“It’s all about creating space… The key is having musicians who understand this. Sometimes one is lucky and one will connect with musicians who understand what it’s all about. That’s when you can go somewhere.”

The new issue of Uncut, dated May 2015 and featuring Van the man on the cover, is out now.