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- Pink Floyd by Storm Thorgerson, Pink Floyd Music Ltd Michael Bonner, Editor. Follow me on Twitter @michaelbon­ner On the cover:

THERE have been many twists in the long-running saga of Pink Floyd, but few could have predicted the events of May 20, 2018. On stage in Camden’s Dingwalls, Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets opened a surprising new chapter in the band’s story, reviving the three-minute pop fantasias and cosmic-progressiv­e freakouts of the Floyd’s foundation­al years before The Dark Side Of The Moon. In our cover story, Mason looks back on the creation of this magnificen­t, irregular music, while along with his co-conspirato­rs in the Saucers, he explains how – and why – they’ve brought it back to life. “The best Pink Floyd gigs were voyages of discovery, accompanie­d by a sense of mystery and adventure,” Mason tells Uncut. “I was excited about playing music with a sense of freedom, music that involved improvisat­ion. That’s what Saucerful Of Secrets is all about.”

There’s plenty about creativity, and what fuels it, in the rest of the magazine – whether it be the open-hearted songwritin­g of Big

Thief’s Adrianne Lenker, the harmonic brilliance of The Beach Boys or the careworn poetry of Townes Van Zandt. In a typically widerangin­g issue, we head off in further sonic directions in the company of The Jesus And Mary Chain, Shabaka Hutchings, Jah Wobble, Betty Harris and A Certain Ratio, and also pay homage to two great instigator­s – Wayne Kramer and Damo Suzuki.

One of the best things about writing this column for you every month is getting to marvel at the incredible variety of music we stack inside every issue. This one is no exception; you’ll even find Lulu on the time she recorded with the Memphis Horns,

Duane Allman and Dr John. Not a story you’re likely to read about every day…

“Climb your favourite apple tree/try to catch the sun/hide from your little brother’s gun/dream yourself away”

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