The Wire magazine

The Wire is an independent, monthly music magazine dedicated to informed, intelligent coverage of a wide range of progressive, adventurous and non-mainstream musics. Its office is based in London, but it serves an international readership.

The magazine was founded in 1982 by Anthony Wood, primarily as a jazz and New Music magazine, with a brief to "unravel the mysteries of music and musicians for those who look for fundamental answers about the nature of music...". Between 1984-2000 it was owned by Naim Attallah's Namara Group. In December 2000 it was purchased in a management buy-out organised by the magazine's staff and has been run independently ever since.

The magazine is run by a small, dedicated team of full-time staff, plus a large international roster of over 60 freelance writers, stationed at points across the globe. Acclaimed music critics and experts amongst our contributors include Kodwo Eshun, Biba Kopf, Ian Penman, Simon Reynolds, Mark Sinker and David Toop. 'Star' contributors have also included Brian Eno, Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth), Julian Cope, Greil Marcus, Robert Fripp, Jon Hassell, Robin Rimbaud, Paul Schütze and Howard Skempton.

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