The new issue of Uncut, out today (July 4), features The Band, The Rolling Stones, Neil Young and Nico.
The Band are on the cover, and inside Robbie Robertson and others explain how the group created the seminal Music From Big Pink.
Moving to Woodstock and taking inspiration from rootsy American folk, country and gospel, the group jammed with Bob Dylan in their basement and made one of rock’s seminal debut albums, all while rejecting the hippy movement and dressing like they were “from another planet”.
The Rolling Stones’ 1969 Hyde Park gig is also remembered in the issue – a host of those who were there, including performer Greg Lake, promoter Peter Jenner and journalists Keith Altham and Chris Welch, recall the “almost Biblical” event.
We review Neil Young & Crazy Horse’s London O2 gig, and show an amazing selection of candid photos taken on the group’s world tour, while John Cale reveals how Nico created her dark masterpiece, The Marble Index, while struggling with heroin, an out-of-tune harmonium and “being blonde and beautiful”…
Elsewhere, Richard Hell answers your questions, Johnny Marr takes us through his life in pictures, and we hear more about the new 18-disc John Martyn boxset.
The key players reveal how they made Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five’s “The Message”, while Devendra Banhart shows us the records that changed his life.
Otis Redding, Nilsson, Big Star, Grant Hart, Mavis Staples, The Teardrop Explodes, Cheap Trick and Alela Diane are some of the artists featured in the 40-page reviews section, while Siouxsie, Yoko Ono, Tom Petty and The Strypes are in our live section.
The DVD and film section takes a look at the new Tropicália film, Portlandia and Ben Wheatley’s A Field In England, among others.
The CD, This Wheel’s On Fire, features 15 excellent new tracks, from Grant Hart, Oblivians, Alela Diane, Guy Clark, Daughn Gibson and more.
The new issue of Uncut, dated August 2013, is out now.