Essay from Issue 76

Charles Mingus: Hit In The Soul

September 2012

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After the extraordinary achievements of his early years, the great bassist/composer Charles Mingus faced crisis – and a nervous breakdown – in the mid-1960s. But his comeback in the 70s, though constrained by illness, led to a few late masterpieces. as Brian Priestley reports in the concluding part of our Mingus retrospective. This article was originally published in The Wire 76, June 1990.

Essay from Issue 184

White Line Fever: Undercurrents #6

September 2012

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Biba Kopf explains how the autobahn, not the freeway, has created an enduring road mythology for post-war motorik rock. This article was originally published in The Wire 184, June 1999.