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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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Archive Portal: Cecil Taylor

April 2018

To mark the passing of Cecil Taylor, who died on 5 April 2018 aged 89, we present a selection of articles drawn from The Wire’s online archive in which other musicians discuss the pianist and his music

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Archive Portal: Mark E Smith & The Fall

January 2018

To celebrate the life and work of Mark E Smith, who died on 24 January 2018, we present a selection of articles on the Fall frontman and his group drawn from The Wire’s online archive

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Wire 400 Archive Portal: Andy Hamilton

May 2017

Andy Hamilton picks five articles from The Wire archive that cast some light on the art of improvisation – pieces which, he says, have helped him “develop a view of improvisation that involves an 'aesthetics of imperfection', in dynamic opposition to composition but, as Rohan de Saram comments, ‘making its own laws’.”

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Shirley Collins's Portal

February 2017

On the eve of her London Barbican concert on 18 February, with more UK dates to follow, singer and folk custodian Shirley Collins selects songs of the soil that speak direct to the heart

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Archive Portal: Mark Fisher

January 2017

Following the death of contributor Mark Fisher on 13 January 2017, we present a selection of his articles for the magazine from the past ten years. Introductions by Derek Walmsley