The Wire

Archived since Summer 1982 (Issue 1) Complete Archive

422 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 £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.

Latest issue

The Great Learning: Music & The Transfer Of Knowledge, a survey of how education, schooling, mentors and teachers have helped shape contemporary music: from radical role models Anthony Braxton and Henry Kaiser to bandleading dictators Captain Beefheart and Frank Zappa; from hiphop figureheads Pete Rock and Large Professor to composers Cornelius Cardew and Nadia Boulanger; from gurus and autodidacts to workshops and deprogramming; plus Shirley Collins, Robert Fripp, AGF, Matana Roberts and more reveal their most musical learning experiences.

Also this month you can download The Wire Tapper 49, the latest volume in our ongoing series of new music anthologies. Get it here: https://www.thewire.co.uk/audio/the-wire-tapper/

Subjects: Culture, Music

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Annual $30.99

Includes web, iOS and Android access via Exact Editions apps.
Full refund within 30 days if you're not completely satisfied.
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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: April 2019 (Issue 422)
  • Issue Count: 422
  • Published: Monthly
  • ISSN: 2059-6502

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