no­vem­ber 2018

Take 258

UNCUT - - News - Michael Bon­ner, Ed­i­tor. Fol­low me on Twit­ter @michael­bon­ner

TO Reeves Gabrels, the ’80s su­per­star years of his friend and col­lab­o­ra­tor David Bowie were a pe­riod of un­likely but es­sen­tially en­light­en­ing trans­for­ma­tion. “He wasn’t a pop star,” he tells Rob Hughes in this month’s cover story. “He just hap­pened to be able to make some pop records ev­ery now and then. That’s how he kept the ma­chine run­ning. But he was an artist. The func­tion of en­ter­tain­ment is to make you feel good; the func­tion of art is to make you feel.”

Gabrels is one of the nu­mer­ous Bowie con­fi­dants and co-con­spir­a­tors Rob spoke to as part of his fas­ci­nat­ing deep trawl of the artist’s most con­tentious decade. There is fur­ther wis­dom and in­sight from Car­los Alo­mar, Peter Framp­ton, Nile Rodgers and oth­ers, many of whom ar­gue that this pe­riod was fun­da­men­tally nec­es­sary in shap­ing the work that fol­lowed: as vi­tal a part of Bowie’s le­gacy, in its way, as his sto­ried ’70s.

You’ll hope­fully have no­ticed by now that to com­ple­ment Rob’s story we’ve gifted a pair of Bowie art prints – in­clud­ing one ex­clu­sive, pre­vi­ously unseen im­age.

And for­give us if it feels a lit­tle like Christ­mas has come early, but this month’s free CD has been spe­cially cu­rated for us by Sub Pop co-founder Jonathan Pone­man. As his la­bel cel­e­brates its 30th an­niver­sary, he’s as­sem­bled a sam­pler fea­tur­ing 15 of the la­bel’s ex­cel­lent cur­rent artists – in­clud­ing Rolling Black­outs Coastal Fever, Lu­luc, Low, Sleater-Kin­ney, J Mas­cis, Afghan Whigs and Iron & Wine.

Else­where, we pay trib­ute to the leg­endary Aretha Franklin, take you be­hind the scenes of John Lennon’s land­mark Imag­ine al­bum and re­veal Led Zep­pelin at work and at play in their pomp, while, on the first an­niver­sary of his death, Tom Petty’s most trusted lieu­tenants re­call good times with their beloved band­leader. There are more new in­ter­views with Con­nan Mock­asin, John Grant, David Crosby, Cat Power, Stere­o­lab, Blondie, ZZ Top’s Billy Gib­bons and Fam­ily.

As you’ll have gath­ered, it’s been a busy month for us. We hope you find plenty to en­joy here.

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