Archived since Summer 1982 (Issue 1)
Complete Archive Perpetual Access Available

483 issues

JISC Collection

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.

A digital subscription gives access to the complete online archive of back issues of The Wire since issue one, summer 1982 — that's over 40 years, 470 issues and 40,000 pages.

Latest Issue:

Shellac, Arnold Dreyblatt, Robyn’s Rocket, Zoh Amba, Normil Hawaiians, Kalia Vandever, Antti Vauhkonen, Marion Cousin, Invisible Jukebox: Iceboy Violet, The Inner Sleeve: Kai Fagaschinski on The Jimmy Giuffre 3, Global Ear: Berlin choir A Song For You, Unlimited Editions: Ipecac, Unofficial Channels: Music Republic & Moroccan Tape Stash, Epiphanies: Tashi Wada on tuning systems, plus 40 pages of reviews including Tony Conrad & Jennifer Walshe, FUNK.BR: São Paulo, Christer Bothén featuring Bolon Bata, Somerset House Studios’ Assembly, and much more

Subscription Features

  • Fully-searchable access to the growing archive of current and back issues.
  • Inclusive accessibility features, such as plain text and 'Read Aloud' technology.
  • Unlimited IP-authenticated access and remote access options available.
  • Cross-platform compatibility with all Web, iOS and Android devices.
  • Usage reports, KBART data, MARC records and excellent customer support.

Research Areas: Music

IP Access

Seamless IP-authenticated access on a range of platforms including web, iOS and Android.

Fully Searchable

Advanced search feature allowing you to search by title, issue and year.

Comprehensive Support

Enjoy high quality and prompt technical support from our dedicated team.

  • First Issue: Summer 1982 (Issue 1)
  • Latest Issue: June 2024 (Issue 484)
  • Issue Count: 483
  • Page Count: 43,796
  • Published: Monthly
  • ISSN: 2059-6502