The Wire (magazine)
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The Wire #323, January 2011
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The Wire is a British avant garde music magazine, founded in 1982 by jazz promoter Anthony Wood and journalist Chrissie Murray. The magazine initially concentrated on contemporary jazz and improvised music, but branched out in the early 1990s to various types of experimental music. Since then it has covered hip hop, modern classical, free improvisation, post-rock, and various forms of electronic music.
Richard Cook succeeded Anthony Wood as editor, and was himself succeeded in June 1992 by Mark Sinker. After Sinker was removed as editor in early 1994 (though he continued as a contributor for some years). Since then, the magazine has been edited successively by Tony Herrington, Rob Young and Chris Bohn, who also writes under the name Biba Kopf.
A series of new music compilation CDs called The Wire Tapper has been given away with the magazine since 1997. The magazine has used the strapline "Adventures in Modern Music" since 1994; on 14 December 2011 The Wire's staff announced on Twitter that the magazine's old strapline "Adventures In Modern Music" had been replaced by "Adventures In Sound And Music". In addition to the Wire Tapper CDs, subscribers also receive label, country and festival samplers.
Apart from the numerous album reviews every month, the magazine is known for features such as The Invisible Jukebox, an interview conducted by way of unknown tracks being played to an artist, and The Primer, an indepth article on a genre or act. It also features the avant music scene of a particular city every issue. In addition to its musical focus, the magazine also likes to investigate cover art and mixed media artistic works.
Owned for many years by Naim Attallah's Namara Group, it was bought out by its six full-time members of staff in 2001 and is now published independently.
Since January 2003 The Wire has been presenting a weekly radio program on the London community radio station Resonance FM, which uses the magazine's strapline as its title and is hosted in turns by members of The Wire′s staff.
The Wire contributors
- Steve Jones (2002). Pop Music and the Press. Temple University Press. p. 58. ISBN 1-56639-966-1.
- Music Blog, "Inky Fingers: Maggoty Lamb on the state of the nation's jazz mags", The Guardian, 23 September 2009.
- Official site
- Resonance FM
- Swen's Weblog - A MP3 weblog focused on THE WIRE
- 1994 Rewind - Record of the Year: Portishead - Dummy
- 1995 Rewind - Record of the Year: Tricky - Maxinquaye
- 1996 Rewind - Record of the Year: Tortoise - Millions Now Living Will Never Die
- 1997 Rewind - Record of the Year: Robert Wyatt - Shleep
- 1998 Rewind - Record of the Year: Sonic Youth - A Thousand Leaves
- 1999 Rewind - Record of the Year: Mouse On Mars - Niun Niggung
- 2000 Rewind - Record of the Year: Anti-Pop Consortium - Tragic Epilogue
- 2001 Rewind - Record of the Year: Björk - Vespertine
- 2002 Rewind - Record of the Year: Sonic Youth - Murray Street
- 2003 Rewind - Record of the Year: Robert Wyatt - Cuckooland
- 2004 Rewind - Record of the Year: Albert Ayler - Holy Ghost: Rare & Unissued Recordings (1962–70)
- 2005 Rewind - Record of the Year: The Books - Lost and Safe
- 2006 Rewind - Record of the Year: Burial - Burial
- 2007 Rewind - Record of the Year: Robert Wyatt - Comicopera
- 2008 Rewind - Record of the Year: The Bug - London Zoo
- 2009 Rewind - Record of the Year: Broadcast & The Focus Group - Investigate Witch Cults Of The Radio Age
- 2010 Rewind - Record of the Year: Actress - Splazsh
- 2011 Rewind - Record of the Year: James Ferraro - Far Side Virtual