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Excess All Areas: Kanye West

August 2019

In an essay to accompany our Excess All Areas feature in The Wire 427, Daniel Neofetou dissects the psychological and musical overload of Kanye West

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An audience of six in Chengdu

July 2019

Noisemakers are being used as guinea pigs to test new art spaces. It won’t last, predicts musician, artist and Wire contributor Yan Jun after a poorly attended gig in the capital of southwestern China’s Sichuan province

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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

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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

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The Alphabet Of Dewey Johnson 1939–2018

July 2018

Pierre Crépon recalls the life and work of the New York based jazz trumpeter who appeared on John Coltrane’s Ascension and performed alongside Rashied Ali, Pharoah Sanders, Giuseppi Logan, Paul Bley and others