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In Writing

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Iris Bearhope Orton 1925–2019

April 2019

Val Wilmer remembers the cloaked coffee bar performer who took a new approach to poetry reading inspired by skiffle, jazz, rock ’n’ roll and the blues

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Davey Williams 1952–2019

April 2019

US guitarist Davey Williams died from spinal cancer on 6 April at the age of 66. Writer and friend Lee Shook recalls how their friendship expanded his musical universe

The Portal

The Great Reading List

March 2019

A reading list of over 20 music books intended to teach or educate, compiled by Wire staff to accompany The Great Learning special issue

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How To Mute Crows. By Yan Jun

February 2019

“Why and how can a rock band like The Observatory exist in such a silent dream state?” Yan Jun discusses censorship amid the noise and silence of Singapore

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Jonas Mekas 1922–2019

January 2019

“I will tell you my secret: It is my way of psychoanalyzing myself by embracing everything.” Alan Licht pays tribute to the avant garde film maker and chronicler whose indomitable spirit animated the New York underground over the past six decades

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Joseph Jarman 1937–2019

January 2019

The Art Ensemble Of Chicago frontman died on 9 January. Howard Mandel recalls several encounters with the musician, and a gig cancellation that had him dodging the collective for several years

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Alvin Fielder 1935–2019

January 2019

In her memoir of the great US jazz drummer, educator and pharmacist, Val Wilmer recalls her visit to Alvin Fielder’s hometown of Meridian, Mississippi, where he introduced her to leading Civil Rights activists for her project to photograph the lives of black women