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Ultimate Music Guide: Kate Bush

"There are few British musicians who are as revered and elusive as Kate Bush - a fact brought home by the rapturous acclaim that greeted her return to live shows, after 35 years, in 2014. Now, Uncut's latest Ultimate Music Guide reveals the truth about Kate Bush, and examines every part of her momentous and often strange career. As usual, we've dug deep into the archives of NME and Melody Maker to find revelatory interviews with Bush. “There are always so many voices telling me what to do that you can’t listen to them,"" she told one Melody Maker journalist in 1985. ""All I ever do is listen to the little voices inside me. I don’t want to disappoint the little voices that have been so good to me.” From the striking arrival of ""Wuthering Heights"", through to the magical comeback of Before The Dawn, the Ultimate Music Guide: Kate Bush tells her whole story. Uncut's writers have revisited every one of her albums and provided detailed new reviews: every song reassessed and rated. And along with the interviews, they show a genius on her own trajectory, whose idiosyncratic vision, and whose determination to bring that vision to fruition, has been there right from the start. That's the Ultimate Music Guide: Kate Bush. We just know that something good is gonna happen…"

Ultimate Music Guide: Paul McCartney

Coming up! Paul McCartney is the subject of Uncut's latest Ultimate Music Guide - a fab extravaganza, even by the standards of this handsome and authoritative series. As ever, we've uncovered a host of remarkable Macca interviews from the archives of NME, Uncut and Melody Maker. Along with definitive new reviews of all his albums, they tell the story of how Paul McCartney changed the world, and what happened next.

Ultimate Music Guide: Elvis Costello

"Oh I just don't know where to begin…" So sang Elvis Costello in 1979, opening one of his most enduring singles, "Accidents Will Happen". The best place to start investigations of this brilliant and complicated artist, though, is Uncut's latest Ultimate Music Guide: Elvis Costello. Inside, you'll find a wealth of old NME and Melody Maker features, printed in full for the first time in decades, that capture one of the most pointed British songwriters of the last four decades in full ferocious effect. "There's a lot of rock music that's become exclusive and it's of no use to anyone.

Ultimate Music Guide: Tom Waits

Roll up, roll up, for the latest in Uncut’s legendary and extravagant Ultimate Music Guides. This time, our subject is none other than Tom Waits – radical beatnik, one of the greatest singer-songwriters of the past 50 years, and a true American original. Once again, we’ve gone deep into the archives of NME, Melody Maker and Uncut to fish out the wildest and most surreal interviews with Waits, a man whose stories are every bit as good as his songs.

Ultimate Music Guide: The Cure

The latest Uncut Ultimate Music Guide is a 148-page celebration of the wayward genius of Robert Smith and The Cure, the band he formed nearly four decades years ago and which almost from the very beginning of their illustrious career he seems to have almost every year promised to walk away from, even as they have become one of British rock's most enduring and fascinating musical institutions.

Ultimate Music Guide: Oasis

What's the story? To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Oasis, Uncut's latest Ultimate Music Guide is a 148-page tribute to the wild genius of Noel and Liam Gallagher. As ever, we've tracked down the greatest Oasis interviews in the NME and Melody Maker archives, and reprinted them: chaotic, hilarious, unabridged. And once you've read through all the bitching, battling and tales of legendary carnage, Uncut's team of writers have filed revelatory new pieces on every album - from Oasis' epochal debut, right up to Noel and Liam's most recent adventures.

Ultimate Music Guide: Lou Reed

Uncut's latest Ultimate Music Guide is a 148-page tribute to the genius of Lou Reed. As with all of our Ultimate Music Guides, we've raided the archives of NME and Melody Maker to uncover a rich collection of old Lou Reed interviews: some of them legendary encounters, restored to their original and unexpurgated lengths; others just as debauched and gripping, but unseen for decades.

Ultimate Music Guide: Neil Young

This comprehensive, 148 page magazine includes brand new reviews by our crack team of writers covering all Young's albums - Buffalo Springfield, CSNY, with Crazy Horse and solo. Meanwhile, revealing interviews from the archives of Melody Maker and NME are revisited, plus incredible rare photographs and a round-up of Young Memorabilia.

Ultimate Music Guide: Small Faces & The Faces

“It was chaos, chaos, chaos!” Uncut’s latest Ultimate Music Guide tells the compelling story of The Small Faces and The Faces. Over 148 packed pages, we stitch together the tale of an extraordinary musical dynasty, with roistering interviews from the NME and Melody Maker archives and in-depth new reviews of all their records. Plus, there are extensive new pieces on Rod Stewart, Ronnie Lane, Steve Marriott and Humble Pie, and an introduction from Ian McLagan… “We did so many stupid things,” he says. The Small Faces and Faces Ultimate Music Guide – it’s all too beautiful!

Ultimate Music Guide: Depeche Mode

Uncut's latest Ultimate Music Guide is a 148-page special dedicated to the planet-conquering genius of Depeche Mode. From the depths of the NME and Melody Maker archives, we've dug out revealing, hilarious and harrowing interviews with the band, unseen for decades. We've commissioned in-depth new reviews of every Mode album by the best contemporary writers. Oh, and Martin Gore has provided an exclusive introduction. "We're survivors, we're like brothers," he says. That's Depeche Mode: The Ultimate Music Guide - it's a black celebration!
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