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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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Bruce Russell meets Oren Ambarchi; Julie & Keith Tippett; Pierre Bastien; Peter Laughner; Rangers; Dr John; Foxy Moron; Saint Abdullah; 80 years of Topic Records; plus she-punks, women’s work, nightingales, and more.

Also this month: download a special 40 track edition of The Wire Tapper marking 50 volumes of The Wire’s ongoing series of new music anthologies. Get it here:

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  • First Issue: Summer 1982 (Issue 1)
  • Latest Issue: August 2019 (Issue 426)
  • Issue Count: 426
  • Page Count: 37,842
  • Published: Monthly
  • ISSN: 2059-6502

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