NEIL YOUNG: We count down his 40 greatest songs, with help from Young's extended musical family - David Crosby, Graham Nash, Nils Lofgren, Ralph Molina, Billy Talbot, Poncho Sampedro, Spooner Oldham, Niko Bolas, Daniel Lanois and more. There's a cameo from Marlon Brando and we learn all about Neil's studio directions and way with a magic marker? "You never know what he's going to do next?"
OUR FREE CD! FOR THE ROAD: 15 fantastic tracks from the cream of the month's releases, including songs by The Besnard Lakes, Buck Meek, Goat Girl, Jim Ghedi, Langhorne Slim, Lucero, Aaron Frazer, Tamar Aphek, Farmer Dave & The Wizards Of The West and more.
Inside the issue, you'll find:
2021 PREVIEW: Join us for our essential guide to 21 of the year's key albums, starring The Cure, Jackson Browne, Paul Weller, Marianne Faithfull, Kendrick Lamar, The Rolling Stones and more
CAPTAIN BEEFHEART: 55 years on from their debut single, the Magic Band tell us about Don Van Vliet's remarkable transformation into the Captain, and their journey from the Antelope Valley to the cosmos
THE WEATHER STATION: Tamara Lindeman tells Uncut how loss and devastation - both global and emotional - have informed her brilliant new album Ignorance
COCTEAU TWINS: Album by album with the spangle makers
NANCY SINATRA: We review her stellar new compilation, and Sinatra herself discusses her work with Lee Hazlewood and the meaning behind "Some Velvet Morning"
STEVIE WONDER: Between 1972 and 1976, this teen idol became a visionary auteur with albums such as Talking Book, Innervisions and double-album masterpiece Songs In The Key Of Life. His collaborators explain how he did it
BUZZCOCKS: The making of "Harmony In My Head"
TOM MORELLO: The Rage Against The Machine guitarist answers your questions on Bruce Springsteen, naked protests, his new photo memoir and why the fight against fascism isn't won yet
SYD BARRETT: We dig into the Melody Maker archives to bring you his last published interview, while his Stars bandmate Jack Monck relives Barrett's final band - "Syd was haunted, you know?"
In our expansive reviews section, we take a look at new records from The Besnard Lakes, The Avalanches, Goat Girl, Jim Ghedi, Aaron Frazer, Barry Gibb, Farmer Dave & The Wizards Of The West and more, and archival releases from Nancy Sinatra, Cat Stevens, Evan Parker, Leila, Dave Alvin and others. We catch Emmylou Harris and the EFG London Jazz Festival - including Shabaka Hutchings performing with the Britten Symphonia - live online; among the films, DVDs and TV programmes reviewed are Delia Derbyshire: The Myths And The Legendary Tapes, Soul, Mank and Murder Me, Monster; while in books there's Leonard Cohen and Black Diamond Queens: African-American Women And Rock And Roll.
Our front section, meanwhile, features Bob Dylan, Femi & Made Kuti, Vivien Goldman and Phil Ochs, and we introduce Lael Neale. At the back of the issue, Edie Brickell takes us through her life in beloved records.