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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.

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Clipping, Glasgow’s Third Eye Centre, Jahtari, Howe Gelb’s Jukebox, Last Yearz Interesting Negro, Philip Thomas, Giant Sand, Stereolab, and more.

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  • First Issue: Summer 1982 (Issue 1)
  • Latest Issue: December 2019 (Issue 430)
  • Issue Count: 430
  • Page Count: 38,266
  • Published: Monthly
  • ISSN: 2059-6502

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