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On the cover: Nei l Young ©BobSeidemann RobertSmithby JavierBragado/ WireImage

WELCOME to the final edition of Uncut for 2020. Before we go any further, I’d like to thank everyone on the team for their continued amazing work across all our titles – Marc, John, Tom, Sam, Mick, Michael, Mike, Phil, Kevin, Johnny, Mark and Lora. Looking back across the issues we’ve put out in the past 12 months, the quality of every magazine has, I believe, been of such a high standard that you wouldn’t necessarily think we’d all been working from front rooms, back rooms, spare bedrooms and sheds during a pandemic to bring you regular issues of Uncut and our various one-shots.

Sincere thanks also to you, the readers, without whom we wouldn’t be here. Your unfailing loyalty during these challenging times has been amazing. Our subscribers around the world have been especially patient during the inevitable delays caused by disruption to freight services. As a thankyou for bearing with us, next month all our print subscribers will receive a bonus second CD with their copy of Uncut. This is an exclusive five-track sampler featuring The Weather Station – whose new album Ignorance has rarely been off the virtual Uncut of f ice ste reo. You can whet your appetite for this free gift via Laura Barton’s interview with The Weather Stat ion’s Tamara L i ndeman on page 60. What else? Well, for the first time in our 24-year history, we’ve finally got round to compiling a survey of Neil Young’s greatest songs. Or 40 of them, at any rate. For this Herculean task, we’ve convened a panel of Neil’s oldest and closest collaborators – from Crosby and Nash to Crazy Horse, honorary Stray Gators, Promise Of The Real and more besides. The results offer fresh insight into some familiar Young numbers, but critically, also shine a light on deeper cut s . You may f i nd yourselves, as I d id , dust i ng down Re-ac-tor and Thi s Note’s For You a f te r read i ng t he passionate cases put for ward for songs from both those albums in our Top 40.

You can also find our annual Preview of albums to look forward to over the coming months. About this time last year, we were putting the touches to our 2020 Preview. What a year it’s been. Here’s to a peaceful, happy and healthy 2021 for everyone.

Michael Bonner, Editor. Follow me on Twitter @michaelbonner

4 Instant Karma! Bob Dylan, Femi and Made Kuti , punk professor Vivien Goldman, Phi l Ochs

14 Tom Morello An audience with the RATM guitarist

18 New Albums TheBesnardLakes,TheAvalanches, Barry Gibb, Goat Girl , Farmer Dave & The

Wizards Of The West, J im Ghedi

38 The Archive Nancy Sinatra, Cat Stevens, Evan Parker,

Leila, DaveAlvin 50 2021 Albums Preview Uncut’s guide to 21 of 2021’s key releases,

i ncluding news of The Cure, Paul Weller,

Stevie Nicks, Michael Stipe, Teenage

Fanclub, Low, The Rolling Stones…


60 The Weather Station TamaraLindemandiscussesIgnorance,

the first great album of 2021 68 Stevie Wonder Tracing h i s astonishing f ive -album run between 1972 and 1976

74 Neil Young Gold-platedstandards,longjams, forgotten gems… A deep d ive i nto 40 of


86 Buzzcocks The making of “Harmony I n My Head”

90 Captain Beefheart Blues, roots, ESP and psychreinventions withtheoriginalhighplainsdrifter 96 Cocteau Twins Album By Album

100 Syd Barrett From the archives: h i s last published interview. InCambridge,inMarch1971, Melody Maker f i nds a d i stracted f igure

104 L ives EFG London Jazz Festival, Emmylou Harris

109 Books LeonardCohen,blackwomeninrock 110 Films Soul, Mank and more 112 DVD, Blu-ray and TV DeliaDerbyshire,BeeGees,horrorshorts 114 Not Fade Away Obituaries 116 Letters… Plus the Uncut crossword

118 My Life In Music EdieBrickell

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