UNCUT: AN EXPERT’S VIEW - Nick Hammond approves of the music and movies blend contained in Uncut

The first issue of Uncut, IPC’s new music and movie hybrid is, at first sight, an unusual and possibly brave attempt to marry two different elements of popular culture within one publication.

The first issue of Uncut, IPC’s new music and movie hybrid is, at

first sight, an unusual and possibly brave attempt to marry two

different elements of popular culture within one publication.



In fact, this blend is entirely plausible, as these two fashionable

forms of entertainment have been forging close links for years - no

major film is now released without an accompanying high-profile

soundtrack; the most notable recent example being Trainspotting and

Underworld’s Born Slippy.



Uncut’s nostalgic and generally retrospective editorial is aimed at the

older cult movie/music aficionado - witness the music stories on Billy

Mackenzie of the Associates (particularly good) and Elvis Costello and

the film editorial dealing with Peckinpah and Philip K. Dick. One

concern with focusing on such esoteric editorial may be that big

film/music fans will feel short-changed by the ’why bother with two

magazines when one will do’ approach.



This aside, the magazine states its claim for acceptance with an

assertion that it is ’a magazine that will unashamedly reflect the

prejudices and the off-the-wall passions of its writers’ and that it

will ’examine issues in depth and be critical where necessary’.



This statement of intent is borne out throughout a well-written and

accessible magazine that, under the guidance of the editor, Alan Jones

(formerly of Melody Maker), concentrates marginally more on music than

on film, although I’m sure this will change as the magazine becomes more

established.



Uncut is launching into an extremely cluttered market where established

titles have focused editorial stances and loyal readers; in my view,

Uncut’s ’two mags in one’ strategy may be too condensed for the type of

reader it is trying to attract.



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