Uncut magazine is a popular monthly publication based in London, which is available across the English speaking world, and focuses on films, music and books. It contains, amongst other things, lengthy features on old albums, interviews with film directors, music and film news, and reviews of all major new book, album, film and DVD releases. Its music features tend to focus on genres such as Americana, rock and alt.country. (wikipedia)

 [...] But as his turgid orchestral pieces attest, Zappa was to classical music what Prince Charles is to impressionist painting. (read more)
The Sacred Cows column was a popular column in Uncut around the turn of the Millennium, dismantling the reputations of artistes and artefacts hitherto regarded to have been above criticism. David Stubbs was The Reaper.


Source: Fulvio Fiore


2002 June

No. 61


 Album sets Threesome No. 1 and Threesome No. 2 ad. 


Source: Fulvio Fiore


2002 August

No. 63

From Here To Maternity
By David Stubbs, 1 p

 Review of album sets Threesome No. 1 and Threesome No. 2  


Source: Fulvio Fiore


2003 January

No. 68

Zappa Picks: By Larry LaLonde Of Primus
Zappa Picks: By Jon Fishman Of Phish

By Max Bell, 1 p

 Short review of these two albums.


Source: Fulvio Fiore


2003 June

No.  73

Dangerous Kitchen: The Subversive World Of Zappa
By David Stubbs, 1 p

  Review of the book Dangerous Kitchen by Kevin Courrier.


Source: Fulvio Fiore


2003 August

No. 74

 A Grandmothers Night at the Gewandhaus ad.


Source: Fulvio Fiore


2004 January

No. 80

ad"Jazz is not dead, it just smells funny" albums ad.


Source: Fulvio Fiore


2004 February

No. 81


Free CD – Sin City – 14 L.A. Rock Classics
Track 12: Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention – Son Of Suzy Creamcheese



2004 March

No. 82

The Torture Never Stops
By Barney Hoskins, 1p

Heaven's Gatefold
By Barney Hoskins, pp 60-61

Source: Fulvio Fiore


2006 February

No. 105


1966 The Year Of Rock Revolution
pp 37-55, including
The 20 best albums of 1966

Re-revieved by Barney Hoskins and Mick Houghton, 2 pp 52-53

#6 Freak Out! The Mothers Of Invention

A statement of freedom from Frank Zappa, LA's ringmaster of satirical mischief, Freak Out! brings West Coast Dadaism to bear on the exploding plasticity of '60s counterculture. Trashing the LA scene, Zappa guides us through mondo Sunset Strip, while dipping into his treasured doo-wop ("Go Cry On Somebody Else's Shoulder") and chronicling the city's 1965 Watts riots ("Trouble Every Day") en passant. (BH)


2007 June

No. 121

 Apostrophe and Over-Nite Sensation DVD ad.


Source: Fulvio Fiore


2009 January

No. 140

Jimmy Carl Black 1938-2008
By Bob Hughes, 1 p

Source: Fulvio Fiore


2010 January

No. 152

20 Best Music DVDs
By Bob Hughes, 1 p

20 Best Music DVDs of 2009 list contains In The 1960s by Frank Zappa and the MOI.

Source: Fulvio Fiore


2010 April

No. 155


My Life In Music: John Cale
p 14

  John Cale included Thing-Fish as "The Record That Made Me Hate Frank Zappa".

I have a healthy resentment for him. He had a great, acid sense of humour, but this guy, with all his technique and ability, never did anything that made me love music. I think he trained himself in his expertise to spite his parents: he had contempt for the rock music he played. And self-contempt. Fear, loathing and self-hatred. Thing-Fish just postured at nihilism.

Source: Vitay Zaremba


2010 May

No. 156


The 50 Greatest Lost Albums
pp 47-62
#2 Captain Beefheart Lick My Decals Off
#43 Frank Zappa & The Mothers 200 Motels

The feature article is on albums out of print, not officially available as a new CD or as a legal download. 

On page 23 is Herb Cohen obituary.


2010 November

No. 162


Frank Zappa: Album By Album
Interview by John Lewis, pp 68-70

Album reviews compiled from interviews with different musicians:
   Freak Out! - Ray Collins
   Hot Rats - Ian Underwood
   We're Only In It For The Money - Ian Underwood, Don Preston
   Chunga's Revenge - Ian Underwood, George Duke
   Waka/Jawaka - George Duke
   Apostrophe (') - Napoleon Murphy Brock
   One Size Fits All - Napoleon Murphy Brock
   Bongo Fury - George Duke
   Ship Arriving Too Late To Save A Drowning Witch - Scott Thunes

Source: Nikolai Zaharov


2011 January

No. 164

2010 Review Of The Year
By David Cavanagh, pp 52-62

  This is the cover story in this issue, where Paul Weller blind date reviews songs.

Frank Zappa "Peaches En Regalia"
(Immediately) "This is Keith West, from that album that's got 'Excerpt From A Teenage Opera' on it. You know, the 'Grocer Jack' tune. The producer's name is Mark Wirtz. They did a whole album in the '60s that they never properly finished, but the RPM label put it out years ago." (Simon Dine briefly enters the room: "Ah, Frank Zappa'") "Was it the RPM label that put it out, Simon? (Surprised) This is Frank Zappa? Really? I don't know his music at all. I've only seen him on TV documentaries. (Listens attentively) This is mental. It's got some jazz in it, but it's quite 'arranged', isn't it? They're definitely not jamming. No, this is wicked. It's got a bit of prog-rock in the chord pregressions, but I really like it because you can't place what it is. Really good!"



2011 March

No. 166


Captain Beefheart, American Visionary, 1941-2010
By David Cavanagh, Ian McDonald, John 'Drumbo' French, Michael Bonner, Anton Corbijn, pp 30-37

"Our tribute to rock's wild genius: a full obituary; John 'Drumbo' French recalls his mentor and a classic interview from '73." 



2011 September

No. 172

Wild Man Fisher 1944-2011
p 20



2012 March

No. 178

Jim Sherwood (obituary)
By Uncut, p 21

From Straight To Bizarre (DVD review)
By Mick Houghton, p 109

Source: Vitaly Zaremba


2012 September

No. 184


Dropouts Boogie
By John Robinson, pp 18-23

"Forty-five years on from Beefheart's debut, Safe As Milk, Uncut rounds up Magic Band survivors to remember a man who 'used human beings like machines, without much conscience'..." 



2012 October

No. 185


The Zappa Motherlode: 12 albums reissued this month and 48 more by the end of the year
By David Cavanagh, pp 89-91

As was expected the highest ratings (9 out of 10) got Freak Out! and Hot Rats.  

To this review is added an interview with Don Preston (p 91). 



2013 March

No. 190


Ray Collins 1936-2012
p 118



2013 July

No. 194


Frank Zappa: A Token Of His Extreme (review)
By John Robinson, p 99



2013 December

No. 199


Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band: Trout Mask Replica (review)
By John Robinson, p 90

Next to the review is also a short interview with Zappa Records' vaultmeister Joe Travers.

Source: Vitaly Zaremba


2014 April

No. 203


Feat Don't Fail Me Now
By Jon Dale, pp 42-47

This article on Lowell George contains several Zappa references and nice short story "Who was Neon Park?" on page 46.

Source: Vitaly Zaremba


2014 December

No. 211


Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band
Sun Zoom Spark: 1970 to 1972

By John Robinson, pp 85-87

The article includes interview with Art Tripp.

Source: Vitaly Zaremba


2015 March

No. 214


The Story Of Discreet Records
p 28

Article on Tim Buckley contains "The Story Of Discreet Records".



2015 July

No. 218


[Ringo Starr on 200 Motels]
p 16

"An Audience With Ringo Starr" - interview by Michael Bonner is on pp 14-18.



2015 November

No. 222


Zig Zag Wanderer
By Laura Snapes, p 6

  This autumn sees the opening of two major Van Vliet exhibitions by the Michael Werner Gallery – only the second and third since his death in December 2010. Both feature work that lays bare his growing disenchantment with human kind.

Body Shop is at the Michael Werner Gallery in London, September 30 to December 5; Don Van Vliet: Beatle Bones N’ Smokin Stones is at Michael Werner Kunsthande in Cologne, September 5 until October 24.

Source: Vitaly Zaremba


2015 December

No. 223


Gail Zappa obituary on page 118.



2016 January

No. 224


Frank Zappa: Roxy The Movie (review)
By Tom Pinnock, p 99

p 3 p 99



2016 March

No. 226


Pierre Boulez 1925-2016
p 110

p 3 p 119



2016 June

No. 229


Who The Fuck Is Frank Zappa?
By Mark Bentley, p 6

p 3 p 6



2016 October

No. 233


Frank Zappa for President/The Crux Of The Biscuit (review)
By Peter Watts, p 53

p 3 p 53



2017 January

No. 236


Films. Eat That Question (review)
By Uncut, pp 106-107

Source: Vitaly Zaremba


2017 March

No. 238


101 Weirdest Albums Of All Time
By Uncut, pp 66-83

This list contains:

  • Trout Mask Replica, #11, p 81
  • Lumpy Gravy, #24, p 79
  • An Evening With Wild Man Fischer, #86, p 70

Source: Vitaly Zaremba


2017 October

No. 245


Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention: Absolutely Free (review)
By Jesse Jarnow, pp 46-47



2018 May

No. 252


Anything You Want
By Rob Hughes, p 7

Roy Orbison and Frank Zappa are the latest stars to be resurrected in hologram form. Divisive and “demonic", or simply the new normal?



2018 October

No. 257


Power To The People
Michael Ochs archives, pp 56-59

30 radical albums that continued the fight. #2 Mothers Of Invention: We're Only In It For The Money.



2020 February

No. 273


Frank Zappa: The Hot Rats Sessions
By John Robinson, pp 40-41



2020 August

No. 279


Frank Zappa: Mothers 1970 (review)
By Nigel Williamson, p 51



2020 September

No. 280


An Audience With Archie Shepp
By John Robinson, pp 16-18



2020 October

No. 281


The GTO's: Permanent Damage
By Jim Wirth, p 49

Miss Mercy 1949-2020
p 116



2021 February

No. 285


Captain Beefheart: Well, I Was Born In The Desert
By Tom Pinnock, pp 90-95



2021 March

No. 286


Zappa (DVD review)
By Bob Mitchum, p 112



2022 January

No. 296


Frank Zappa: 200 Motels
By Terry Staunton, p 45



2022 May

No. 300


Frank Zappa: The Mothers 1971
By Bob Mitchum, p 49