Neil Young, Love, the Small Faces and Bat For Lashes are all in the new issue of Uncut, dated August 2016 and available in UK shops now and to buy digitally.
Young is on the cover, and inside he discusses his time on the planet, his new live album Earth and his future. “I don’t guarantee anything,” he tells Uncut in Malibu Canyon.
Meanwhile, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash and Promise Of The Real pass judgement on the current state of their capricious friend. “Where do I think Neil is at this point in his life?” says Lukas Nelson. “I think this is where the space ship is taking off in ‘After The Gold Rush’.”
“I’m the same as I was,” says Young. “I know what I want and I won’t accept less… I still do see the vista. I feel good. That’s my way of knowing that I can still continue. There’s no reason to not continue, because I can still see where I’m going. Can’t see it clearly, but I know it’s out there.”
Ten years after the death of Arthur Lee, Uncut learns the whole story of how Love made Forever Changes, and how Lee’s dark LA masterpiece continued to haunt him for the next four decades. “Arthur was one of the few authentic music geniuses I’ve met,” explains Elektra head Jac Holzman. “I haven’t met many. But he had it, and he was crazy.”
Fifty years on from the release of their debut album, Kenney Jones joins friends and fans in a celebration of the East End’s most effervescent band, the Small Faces. “They were the band I really wanted to be in,” Pete Townshend tells us. “They seemed to have fun. By contrast, being in The Who was like being in the effing army.”
Bat For Lashes‘ fourth album, The Bride, is our Album Of The Month, and alongside our extensive review, Natasha Khan tells us about the making of the ambitious record. Elsewhere, Jimmy Webb answers your questions on drinking with Richard Harris, flying a glider over Death Valley without his glasses on, and why Frank Sinatra was “delighted” to find a songwriter like him.
Mick Harvey – former Bad Seed and Birthday Party multi-instrumentalist, and one of PJ Harvey’s most trusted collaborators – takes us through nine key albums in his catalogue, including Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ Let Love In, PJ Harvey’s Let England Shake and his new solo album Delirium Tremens.
Supremely talented guitarist Steve Gunn takes Uncut record-shopping and explains why he’s moved from avant-garde instrumentalist to Matador-signed singer-songwriter. “He’s a force to be reckoned with,” says Kurt Vile. “It’s great to watch him evolve.”
Also in the new issue, Ultravox! remember their early experimental high point, “Hiroshima Mon Amour”, and explain how they created the song that effectively invented the ’80s three years early. “I was beginning to see where we needed to be going as a band,” John Foxx tells Uncut, “towards complete electronics, and abandoning conventional instruments.”
Jeff Beck also looks back over his lifetime of reinventing rock music, with conversation taking in The Yardbirds, cricket with Mick Jagger, unfinished business with David Bowie, Rod Stewart’s hair and a few security tips from the FBI. “I used to think of other bands as utter cheats,” Beck says. “The more they rehearsed, the bigger twats [I thought] they were.”
Kamasi Washington takes us through the music that has shaped his life, while we remember Guy Clark and meet Idris Ackamoor and Christine And The Queens in the front section.
Our 40-page reviews section features Radiohead, Bruce Springsteen, Fleetwood Mac, Marvin Gaye, the Ramones, Van Morrison, Band Of Horses, Lou Rhodes, Mudcrutch and more – and films and DVDs including Vinyl and Burroughs: The Movie.
This month’s free CD, The Goldrush, includes tracks from Bat For Lashes, Thee Oh Sees, Lou Rhodes, The Julie Ruin, The Chris Robinson Brotherhood and DM Stith.