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
The first interview with Mark E Smith to be published in The Wire appeared early on in the life of the magazine: issue 30, dated August 1986, when The Wire was a jazz orientated publication (US saxophonist Chico Freeman graced the cover that issue). Over the next three decades Smith and The Fall were covered extensively in the magazine: he was interviewed at least seven times; appeared on the cover three times; was featured in the Invisible Jukebox section twice (Smith being the only artist to take this honour); and the music of The Fall was assessed in various essays and numerous reviews. Below you can read a selection of those pieces, all of which are stored in our online archive. Click the links to access the articles.
Mark E Smith interviewed by Mark Sinker (continued on page 48). Issue 30 August 1986.
Mark E Smith interviewed by Samantha Batra. Issue 111 May 1993
Mark E Smith’s Invisible Jukebox tested by Dave Haslam. Issue 134 April 1995
Mark Sinker reviews The Fall’s The Light User Syndrome. Issue 150 August 1996
Mark E Smith interviewed by Tony Herrington. Issue 151 September 1996
Mark E Smith’s second Invisible Jukebox tested by Edwin Pouncey. Issue 203 January 2001
Stewart Lee’s Primer on The Fall on record. Issue 266 April 2006
Keith Moliné on a seismic performance by The Fall live in Guildford, 1983. Issue 276 February 2007
Mark Fisher reviews The Fall's Last Stand At Hammersmith Palais. Issue 307 September 2009
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