Chuck Berry awarded music’s ‘Nobel’ prize

Chuck Berry is to be awarded the 2014 Polar Music Prize, said to be the musical equivalent of a Nobel prize. "Chuck Berry was the rock’n’roll pioneer who turned the electric guitar into the main instrument of rock music,” the jury said in its citation. “Every riff and solo played by rock guitarists over the last 60 years contains DNA that can be traced right back to Chuck Berry."

The Black Keys – Album By Album

As Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney prepare to release their new album, Turn Blue, on Monday, we delve back into the Uncut archive and take a look at this album by album from the Ohio duo (originally printed in January 2013, Take 188). “We’ve always left things relatively unadorned,” Auerbach tells Uncut, “so this is warts’n’all music. We’re pretty blessed that things have worked out the way they have. Ever since we’ve started it’s never stopped building.” Interview: Rob Hughes ______________________ The Big Come Up

Led Zeppelin hint at release of more unheard music

Led Zeppelin have hinted they may release more compilations of unheard material, following forthcoming expanded versions of their first three albums. The band release Deluxe Editions of their first three albums, Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II and Led Zeppelin III, on June 2. Each has a second disc featuring unheard live tracks and previously-unreleased studio songs. Jimmy Page, who oversaw the expanded albums, says he may work on future compilations of unavailable material.

Bob Dylan: “50-plus years of rich awesome analog material” goes digital

Bob Dylan's archive has recently been digitised, according to reports. A story on C-Ville, a news and arts site in Charlottesville, Virginia, says software company Bluewall Media has recently helped Dylan and his staff archive and digitalize more than 60 years worth of music, photographs, written documents, video, and film footage using the company's Starchive software program.

Q&A: Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires

A month or so back, I sent Lee Bains III a few questions for a Q&A to run alongside my review of the Glory Fires’ “Dereconstructed” in Uncut. Bains’ answers turned out to be more thoughtful, interesting and extensive than pretty much any email interview I’ve previously conducted, so I’m pleased to run them in their entirety here…

Hear new Monty Python track

Monty Python have revealed a previously unheard track titled "Lousy Song" – click below to listen. The track will be included on the comedy group's forthcoming re-release of their Monty Python Sings album, and is a collaboration between Eric Idle and Graham Chapman.

Exclusive! Watch previously unseen footage of R.E.M. performing “The One I Love”

Ahead of the release of R.E.M. Unplugged 1991 & 2001 - The Complete Sessions, we're delighted to carry this exclusive clip of the band playing "The One I Love" from their 2001 appearance on MTV's Unplugged programme. The two CD box set and digital download is released on May 19 and is available to pre-order here.

Jack White unveils special ‘Ultra’ vinyl version of new album Lazaretto

Jack White has unveiled a special vinyl 'Ultra' version of his forthcoming new album, Lazaretto. The 180 gram release will feature two vinyl-only hidden tracks, which will be situated under the labels on the record, with one playing at 78 rpm and one at 45 rpm, making the release a three speed album.
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