ARE WE ROLLING?
I was sorry to read in last month's Uncut that old-school country star Slim Whitman had died, news that had otherwise passed me by. Slim was a great favourite in our house when I was growing up, my father much enamoured of "Rose Marie", which Slim had taken to No 1 on the pop charts, where it stayed for 11 weeks in 1955.
Manic Street Preachers have revealed the video for new single "Show Me The Wonder" – scroll down to watch.
The track, due for release on September 9, is the lead single from the band's 11th studio album, Rewind The Film, which follows a week later.
Jonathan Wilson has announced details of his new album, Fanfare.
Listen to a track from Fanfare, "Dear Friend", here.
The album, which will be released through Bella Union on October 14, is the follow up to 2011's Gentle Spirit.
Blondie drummer Clem Burke has revealed that singer Debbie Harry is considering bringing the band to an end after 40 years.
"Debbie is 11 years older than the rest of us, so it's on her mind," 57-year-old Burke told the Daily Mail. "We've tried to keep it going for as long as possible, but it's not just up to me. Nothing is finalised yet, but obviously there's no Blondie without Debbie Harry."
Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Harry told the newspaper: "They are in a hiatus at the moment. They will do some tour dates next year. Nothing is confirmed yet."
Uncut editor Allan Jones takes an exclusive look at Bob Dylan’s latest Bootleg Series instalment, Volume 10 – Another Self Portrait (1969 – 1971), in the new issue (dated September 2013 and out on Wednesday, July 31).
Mick Farren, author, counterculture radical and singer, has died aged 69.
According to reports, he collapsed on stage at London's Borderline last night [July 27] while playing with his band, the Deviants.
Sad news this afternoon, with the announcement that the great JJ Cale has died.
According to a statement on www.jjcale.com, the singer-songwriter suffered a heart attack and died at 8pm last night (Pacific time) in Scripps Hospital, La Jolla, California. He was 74. "Donations are not needed," the statement continued, "but he was a great lover of animals so, if you like, donations can be made to your favorite local animal shelter."