Wire #438

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The Wire covers a wide range of alternative and underground musics. The Wire celebrates and interrogates the most visionary and inspiring, subversive and radical, marginalised and undervalued musicians on the planet, past and present, in the realms of avant rock, electronica, hiphop, new jazz, modern composition, traditional musics and beyond.

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On the cover: Cosmic Guitars: A ten page survey of the state of de- and retuned fingerpicking guitar music, featuring Marisa Anderson by James Toth, Robbie Basho by Jennifer Lucy Allan, Davey Graham by Val Wilmer, C Joynes by Bruce Russell, Sarah Louise by Abi Bliss, Gwenifer Raymond by Claire Biddles, and Glenn Jones on the key matter of tuning. Also inside this issue: Invisible Jukebox Caroline Kraabel × John Edwards: The UK improvisors have a moment together with The Wire’s mystery record selection; Lonnie Holley: The singular songs and vibrant assemblages of the 70 year old Alabama born singer, songwriter, musician and artist speak to the power and fragility of beauty. By Emily Pothast; Primer: DJ Tools: A user’s guide to the unsung essentials of the DJ box: the purpose made records that have kept the dancefloor moving since the days of disco. By Michaelangelo Matos; MC Yallah; Mosquitoes; The Inner Sleeve chosen by DeForrest Brown Jr; Epiphanies by Shirley Collins; 100s of reviews and more. Plus, The Wire Tapper 53!

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