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Issue 179

January 1999

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John Cale
When he came to write his autobiography, the Welsh dog of war had to return to the source of his traumas to resolve lifelong conflicts, among them Lou Reed and LaMonte Young. By Biba Kopf

Undercurrents 1
A series of articles uncovering the hidden wiring of 20th century music . This month, Erik Davis heralds the dawn of the electrification of sound.

Invisible Jukebox: Jim O'Rourke
Avant Rock's favourite Chicago bear gives his verdict on tracks by Robbie Basho, Luc Ferrari, Fennesz, Kontakta, Ray Russell, Slint, John Zorn and more. Tested by Rob Young

98 Rewind
The results are in for the world's most Wired end of year charts: here is where you will find all of 98's most desirable discs, listed. Plus: writers and musicians reflect on the last 12 months of underground music activity

David Sylvian
For his latest journey into the interior of the soul, the former Most Beautiful Man in Pop has taken the long way round, via the Orient and the Pacific Coast Highway. By Rob Young

The Primer: Turntablism
Peter Shapiro backspins through a history of the turntables as instrument, from Grandmaster Flash to Invisibl Skratch Piklz, Christian Marclay to Otomo Yoshihide and beyond