The Wire

Archived since Summer 1982 (Issue 1) Complete Archive Monthly
478 issues
The Wire is the world's leading independent monthly music magazine. The first issue was published in 1982. More than four 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.

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Khanate, Agitation Free, BEAM SPLITTER, Violent Magic Orchestra, Mpho Molikeng, Galya Bisengalieva, Eve Stainton, Invisible Jukebox: Dali de Saint Paul, Global Ear: Berlin Deathfest, The Inner Sleeve: Alan Courtis, Epiphanies: Nkisi, Unlimited Editions: bié Records, Unofficial Channels: The Roulette Tapes, and in the reviews sections: Abstract Concrete, Manzanera Mackay, Position Normal, Sly Stone’s memoirs, Another Sky festival, Barbara Dane, and much more.

Subjects: Culture, Music

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  • First Issue: Summer 1982 (Issue 1)
  • Latest Issue: December 2023 (Issue 478)
  • Issue Count: 478
  • Published: Monthly
  • ISSN: 2059-6502