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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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A ten page special on cosmic guitar music: Marisa Anderson, Robbie Basho, Davey Graham, Glenn Jones, C Joynes, Sarah Louise and Gwenifer Raymond. Plus: Lonnie Holley, a guide to DJ tools, Invisible Jukebox: John Edwards x Caroline Kraabel, Shirley Collins, Drexciya, 38 pages of reviews, and more.

Also this month: download the The Wire Tapper 53. Get it here:

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  • First Issue: Summer 1982 (Issue 1)
  • Latest Issue: August 2020 (Issue 438)
  • Issue Count: 438
  • Page Count: 39,076
  • Published: Monthly
  • ISSN: 2059-6502

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