Pete Townshend, Paul Weller, My Morning Jacket and Ron Wood feature in the new issue of Uncut, dated June 2015 and out now.
The Who guitarist and songwriter is on the cover, and inside he comes clean on retirement, the future of the band and his still intense relationship with Roger Daltrey.
“There’s a desire I have to do a show which is crap,” he says. “Go out in front of a bunch of devoted Who fans and say, ‘Listen, you bunch of fucking cunts. Fuck off. Don’t come back…’”
Paul Weller discusses his new album, Saturns Pattern, and looks to the next chapter of his career – the epic LP also gets an extensive three-page review.
My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James answers your questions, revealing his thoughts on crème brûlée, meditation and the band’s new album, The Waterfall, as well as recalling snorkeling with the Grateful Dead and performing with Bob Dylan.
Ron Wood opens up his ’60s diary to reveal his formative years as a rock’n’roller in beat combo The Birds, and admits that he always wanted to be in The Rolling Stones.
“The Stones were simmering in the background,” he says, “they were the gauge for where I wanted to be.”
As the Violent Femmes return with new music, the original members tell us how they won a record contract worth zero dollars, wrote loser anthems and biblical freak-outs, and ended up one of the biggest cult bands of the 1980s. Also involved: Chrissie Hynde, The Modern Lovers, lawsuits, a special, near-naked performance for The Smiths.
Nile Rodgers takes us through the highlights of his recorded work, from Chic to Bowie and Daft Punk – “It sounds weird,” he laughs, “but when I run into young kids, they think Pharrell and I have a band called Daft Punk with robots behind us!”
Elsewhere, the incredible tale of the incomparable Texas cult hero Doug Sahm is told, and we delve into the archives to find an amazing Happy Mondays interview from 1990 – “we went drug potty!” – and Felt explain how they made their classic “Primitive Painters” single.
Our 40-page reviews section features Weller, The Rolling Stones, Joe Bonamassa, Leonard Cohen, Elliott Smith and more.
Also in the magazine, Canyon troubadour JD Souther reveals the records that changed his life, and we hear all about the new Karen Dalton project, a rediscovered Tom Waits animation, and Boredoms’ latest drum extravaganza.
This month’s free CD, Uncut’s High Numbers, includes great new songs from Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Giant Sand, The Weather Station, Mikal Cronin, My Morning Jacket, Thee Oh Sees, Wire and more.