This month in Uncut
Paul Weller, Bob Dylan, Black Sabbath and Dolly Parton all feature in the new issue of Uncut, dated July 2014 and out now.
As he prepares to release his second greatest hits collection, More Modern Classics, Weller rails against politicians and boxsets, plots sci-fi memoirs and some unlikely collaborations, and finds new ways to celebrate the enduring, evolving power of music.
“I’m not scared of the new,” he explains. “For all of my love of the ’60s, be it clothes or music, I still wouldn’t want to be living in any other time but now.”
Allan Jones examines Bob Dylan’s ‘lost decade’, the 1980s, with help from a host of the singer-songwriter’s collaborators, including Arthur Baker, Chuck Plotkin, Neil Dorfman and Fred Tackett, who discuss Dylan’s unusual working practices and their experiences working with him.
Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler talk about drugs, Top Of The Pops, ‘Satan’s Christmas’ and drowning out the Eagles, as they recall the making of Black Sabbath's albums, from 1970’s self-titled debut to 2013’s 13.
Dolly Parton opens up to Uncut in Nashville, discussing her new album Blue Smoke, her routine for writing songs (it involves a mountain cabin, fasting and praying) and her attempts to keep grounded despite her huge success.
Harry Dean Stanton answers your questions about Buddhism, Dylan, Peckinpah, Nicholson, Hitchcock, Brando and chocolate bunnies, while The Shadows recall the making of “Apache”, and Sharon Van Etten charts her life in music.
Elsewhere, Allen Toussaint looks back over his stellar career, and reveals what it was like working with Ernie K-Doe, Irma Thomas, Lee Dorsey, The Meters, Frankie Miller, The Band, Little Feat and Labelle.
In our opening Instant Karma section, Uncut meets Jesse Hector, Mike Cooper, Dylan Howe and the artists recreating Gene Clark’s No Other album on the road, including Beach House, Daniel Rossen and Robin Pecknold.
In our 40-page reviews section, we examine new releases from Jack White, Neil Young, Ethan Johns, First Aid Kit, the Felice Brothers, Bob Mould, Santana and Conor Oberst, and reissues from Led Zeppelin (with a great, new Jimmy Page interview), Mogwai, Dead Moon, The Doors, Wilko Johnson and LCD Soundsystem.
We review new films including Pulp (A Film About Life, Death And Supermarkets), Jimmy’s Hall and The Two Faces Of January, DVD releases from Bruce Springsteen and Peter Gabriel, and the first series of True Detective.
Live reviews include The Hold Steady, Trans and Courtney Barnett at The Great Escape festival, and Ginger Baker and Rosanne Cash.
The free CD, Brand New Noise, features new tracks from Dave & Phil Alvin, the Felice Brothers, Sharon Van Etten, Ethan Johns and more.
The new issue of Uncut, dated July 2014, is out today (May 23).
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