Archived since Summer 1982 (Issue 1)
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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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Tomeka Reid, KMRU, Gordan, Bodies in Motion: Malik Nashad Sharpe + NWAKKE + Bianca Scout, Tongue In The Mind, Nick Dunston, Nika Son, Henry Birdsey, Sisso & Maiko, Invisible Jukebox: Karl Bartos, Global Ear: Belgrade, Unlimited Editions: Notice Recordings, Unofficial Channels: A Moon Age Daydream, The Inner Sleeve: Alison Cotton on John Cale & Terry Riley’s Church Of Anthrax, Epiphanies: Jim Staley + 40 pages of reviews including Sun Ra, Chris Corsano, the Skin Graft label, Nilotpal Das, Winter, Elton Dean, Cecil Taylor, Eno, Kim Gordon, Jeff Mills, Charles Curtis and specialist columnists including Steve Barker and Byron Coley + charts, letters, listings, and more.

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  • First Issue: Summer 1982 (Issue 1)
  • Latest Issue: July 2024 (Issue 485)
  • Issue Count: 484
  • Page Count: 43,896
  • Published: Monthly
  • ISSN: 2059-6502