Ultimate Music Guide: Elvis Costello

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“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. Least of all me,” Costello announced in his first Melody Maker interview, in 1977. “Music has to get to people. In the heart, in the head.” From those first explosive salvos, up to the deeper and more exploratory albums of recent years, through raging polemics, superstar collaborations and esoteric detours, we’ve also written insightful new reviews of every single Costello album to help you through that labyrinthine back catalogue. Plus, there’s the customary Ultimate Music Guide array of rare pictures, discographies, tall stories and meticulous research. It’s the complete Costello magazine: our aim, rest assured, is true!

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