Prince, Carole King, Paul Simon and the supergroup Case Lang Viers all feature in the new issue of Uncut, out now.
Prince is on the cover of our July 2016 issue, and inside David Cavanagh pays tribute to the superhumanly productive and eclectic musician and reflects on the profound impact and implications of Prince’s art. A number of his closest collaborators remember in detail his unstoppable creativity, 24/7 jams, wild schemes and instant parties. “It’s hard to believe that he’s not on this planet anymore,” one erstwhile colleague laments.
As he releases new album Stranger To Stranger, Uncut meets Paul Simon, as he muses on Woody Allen, baseball, Art Garfunkel, his long career and his sensational new album. “Is there anything left to learn? It’s infinity. There’s so much to learn that you’re never going to get there,” he says.
As Carole King prepares to perform her Tapestry album in full in London’s Hyde Park, Uncut reveals the making of a masterpiece… How a feted songwriter found herself, surrounded by candles, incense and the gifted community of Laurel Canyon. “I’d hand Carole a lyric and within an hour she’d write a great lyric,” we’re told.
We travel to Portland where KD Lang, Neko Case and Laura Viers discuss the trails and rewards of becoming a very special Americana supergroup. “We all had our microscopes out, combing for lice…”
Elsewhere in the issue, Laurie Anderson answers your queries about her plans for the archive of her late husband, Lou Reed, MCing for William Burroughs and punching Andy Kaufman. 10CC recall the creation of their 1973 hit “Rubber Bullets” while Wilko Johnson takes us through the best albums of his career, from Dr Feelgood to The Blockheads and on to his acclaimed collaboration with Roger Daltrey.
Guitar explorer William Tyler takes us through his favourite records, while the new issue’s front section features Lift To Experience, Belly, Allen Ginsberg, William Bell and upcoming Chicagoans, Whitney.
Our reviews section includes new albums from Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Dexys and Allen Toussaint, and archive releases from Ryan Adams, Kris Kristofferson, Grace Jones and much more. We catch Iggy Pop and Lush live, and review DVDs and films including David Bowie in Baal, The Rolling Stones, Elvis & Nixon, All Things Must Pass: The Rise And Fall Of Tower Records and more.
The new issue also includes a free CD, packed with tracks from My Morning Jacket, The Low Anthem, Swans, Holger Czukay, Jackie Lynn, Swans and The Felice Brothers.
Uncut: the spiritual home of great rock music.