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This month in Uncut

This month in Uncut

Bruce Springsteen, Van Morrison, Damon Albarn and Mama Cass Elliot all feature in the new issue of Uncut, dated May 2014 and out now.

E Street Band guitarist Tom Morello reveals the truth about life on the road with Springsteen – “He takes these deep, serious songs and has everyone dancing on the tables.”

Morello tracks his relationship with The Boss, from getting obsessed with his music in the late 1980s, through to meeting Springsteen and finally becoming a member of the E Street Band and accompanying Bruce on his most recent world tours.

We look at the roots of Van Morrison’s semi-forgotten masterpiece Veedon Fleece, with help from his bandmates and associates in the early 1970s.

Damon Albarn discusses his new album Everyday Robots, his childhood in east London, working with Brian Eno and singing songs to baby elephants, while Graham Nash, John Sebastian, Dave Mason and more recall the colourful life of Mama Cass Elliot, from her folky days with The Big 3, to huge success with The Mamas & The Papas and onwards.

Neil Innes answers your questions on the Bonzos, The Rutles, Monty Python and hanging out with The Beatles, while we head to Cardiff Bay to talk to Gruff Rhys about his 25-year rock odyssey, the future of Super Furry Animals and his new American Interior venture – an album, a book and a film…

The Damned recall the making of their classic hippy-baiting hit, “Smash It Up”, while original and later Caravan members look back over their greatest albums.

We look at William Burroughs’ incredible life and works, and his collaborations with musicians ranging from Kurt Cobain and Genesis P-Orridge to Sonic Youth and John Cale.

In our front section, we talk to The StoogesJames Williamson about his new album of lost Stooges songs, to artist Raymond Pettibon about his legendary punk artwork and to The RocketsGeorge Whitsell about losing most of his band to Neil Young, and his surprise resurgence with new Rockets album Lift Off.

Our 40-page reviews section takes a critical look at releases and reissues from the likes of Damon Albarn, The Afghan Whigs, Thee Oh Sees, The Delines, Slint, Bobby Charles and Emmylou Harris, while we check out new documentaries on The Clash and Rowland S Howard. Live, we catch Arcade Fire, Trans and Dave & Phil Alvin.

This month’s free CD, Keep The Fire Burning, features new tracks from The Men, Hurray For The Riff Raff, The Afghan Whigs, EMA, School Of Language, Ben Watt and Howlin Rain.

The new Uncut, dated May 2014, is out now.

Visit our new, dedicated features section, with plenty of our best long pieces archived there. You can find it here.

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