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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.

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Radio Activity – 20 page survey of the state of sound and music on the radio + a directory of 100 essential online shows and stations. Plus: Invisible Jukebox: J Mascis tested by Sunburned Hand Of The Man; Pamela Z; Mick Harris & Scorn; We All Break; Inner Sleeve: John Oswald; Epiphanies: Matthew Shipp; 38 pages of reviews including Equiknoxx, Jeanne Lee, Pablo Picco, Danny Elfman, and much more.

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  • First Issue: Summer 1982 (Issue 1)
  • Latest Issue: July 2021 (Issue 449)
  • Issue Count: 449
  • Page Count: 40,244
  • Published: Monthly
  • ISSN: 2059-6502

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