The Wire

Archived since Summer 1982 (Issue 1) Complete Archive

467 issues

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 £56 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.

Latest issue

2022 Rewind: The year in underground music – special 29 page section including the top 50 new and archive releases of the year charts, critics’ reflections, columnists’ charts, essays on turntablists, vaudevillians, environmentalists and healing sounds, and reports on music in Iran and Ukraine. Plus: Kali Malone’s Invisible Jukebox, Heith, Venus Ex Machina, Kraus, Daniel Bachman, Gaye Su Akyol, Meg Baird, Satoko Fujii, Leslie Keffer, Carolee Schneemann, Anthony Braxton, Henry Threadgill, Coil, and much more.

Also this month: download Below The Radar 41 featuring new tracks by Ailbhe Nic Oireachtaigh, Nika Son, Chloe Kim, Ailie Ormston & Tim Fraser, Julia Sabra & Fadi Tabbal, Bella, Kilynn Lunsford, Zaliva-D, Hassan Abou Alam, and more. Get it here: https://www.thewire.co.uk/audio/btr.

Subjects: Culture, Music

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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 £56 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: January 2023 (Issue 467)
  • Issue Count: 467
  • Published: Monthly
  • ISSN: 2059-6502