Blondie, Brian Eno, The Monkees and Dexys all feature in the new issue of Uncut, out now.
Debbie Harry is on the cover of our June 2016 issue, and inside Harry, Chris Stein, Clem Burke and their storied peers revisit Blondie’s earliest days in New York City. “It was all so fast, the early Blondie period,” remembers Burke. “It was just this rush…”
As he releases new album The Ship, Uncut travels to Brian Eno‘s studio for tea, as Eno muses on David Bowie, Lou Reed, his long career and his sensational new album. “It’s a tenuous connection between the me of now and the me of then,” he says.
The Monkees have returned with a new album to celebrate their 50th anniversary, so we meet Mike Nesmith, Peter Tork and Micky Dolenz to discuss the band’s true identity – “None of us had a fucking clue,” says Nesmith. “It was blind luck.”
For the latest chapter in Dexys‘ strange, wonderful tale, Kevin Rowland has dug deep into his Irish roots for inspiration. “I feel on top of my game,” he tells Uncut in our Dexys feature. “It’s 100 per cent with Kevin,” his bandmates confess. “Every waking hour is about his art.”
Elsewhere in the new issue, friends and collaborators look back at the life of the late George Martin – “At Abbey Road,” explains John Leckie, “he was the boss, he was God.”
Tony Joe White recalls the creation of his first hit, “Polk Salad Annie”, and tells us tales of performing for Russian oligarchs, while Graham Nash takes us through the best albums of his career, from The Hollies to Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and on to his acclaimed solo work.
Ronnie Spector answers your queries about shopping with John Lennon, touring with The Rolling Stones and the first time she met David Bowie (“he was standing there naked…”), James Skelly of The Coral takes us through his favourite records, while the new issue’s front section features The Damned, Frank Zappa, Karl Blau, Terry Allen and Max Richter.
Our reviews section includes new albums from Anohni, Marissa Nadler, Eric Clapton and Lera Lynn, and archive releases from The Associates, Terry Reid, the Allman Brothers and much more. We catch the Chris Robinson Brotherhood and Will Oldham & Bitchin Bajas live, and review DVDs and films including The Hateful Eight, Taxi and I Saw The Light.