The Wire

Archived since Summer 1982 (Issue 1) Complete Archive

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The Wire is the world's leading independent monthly music magazine. The first issue was published in 1982. More than three decades on the magazine remains committed to reporting on a dynamic global network of underground, alternative and experimental musics by publishing journalism and photography by some of the subculture’s most original and authoritative critics and observers.

A digital subscription gives you access to the complete archive of back issues of The Wire since issue one, summer 1982 — that's over 35 years, 400 issues and 35,000 pages. Click here to read the free trial issue, or click here to see the full archive.

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Print subscriptions — which also include free access to all the digital issues — are available from The Wire shop priced from £49 per year — click here for details.

If you subscribe via The Wire or Exact Editions you can view the complete archive online as well as via the iPhone, iPad, Kindle Fire or Android apps. Please note that if you subscribe via an app, you only get access via that app.

Digital subscribers also get full and exclusive access to The Wire's downloads archive containing more than 20 volumes of the Below The Radar series - click here for details - and 15 volumes of the The Tapper series - click here for details.

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Latest issue

The Wire

March 2019 (Issue 421)



• Former Pavement artist Stephen Malkmus

• Filipino composer, ethnomusicologist and musique concrète explorer José Maceda

• The story of 80s UK dancehall factory Fashion Records

• What Bowie’s Blackstar group did next

• An Invisible Jukebox session with composer Annea Lockwood

• Free music drummer Tom Surgal on Algerian raï

• A Global Ear report on the Palestinian hiphop underground

• 38 pages of reviews of new vinyl, CDs and downloads, books and films, recent festivals and installations, and more.



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The Wire is the world's leading independent monthly music magazine. The first issue was published in 1982. More than three decades on the magazine remains committed to reporting on a dynamic global network of underground, alternative and experimental musics by publishing journalism and photography by some of the subculture’s most original and authoritative critics and observers.

A digital subscription gives you access to the complete archive of back issues of The Wire since issue one, summer 1982 — that's over 35 years, 400 issues and 35,000 pages. Click here to read the free trial issue, or click here to see the full archive.

Digital only subscriptions can be bought by clicking the Add to basket button below.

Print subscriptions — which also include free access to all the digital issues — are available from The Wire shop priced from £49 per year — click here for details.

If you subscribe via The Wire or Exact Editions you can view the complete archive online as well as via the iPhone, iPad, Kindle Fire or Android apps. Please note that if you subscribe via an app, you only get access via that app.

Digital subscribers also get full and exclusive access to The Wire's downloads archive containing more than 20 volumes of the Below The Radar series - click here for details - and 15 volumes of the The Tapper series - click here for details.

For details on campus-wide digital subscriptions for institutions, please email support@exacteditions.com.

  • First Issue: Summer 1982 (Issue 1)
  • Latest Issue: March 2019 (Issue 421)
  • Issue Count: 421
  • Published: Monthly
  • ISSN: 2059-6502

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