The Wire

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Issue 226

December 2002

Jackie-O Motherfucker
From their base in America's far North West, the ramshackle free rock collective has developed a liberating aesthetic of harmonious noise as a bulwark against the forcces of conservatism and commodification. By Edwin Pouncey

Keith Levene
The man responsible for Public Image Limited's searing assault on pop orthodoxy in the post-punk era has kept quiet counsel for almost two decades since. Simon Reynolds hears how the fightback has begun

Erstwhile in Tokyo
At this year's AMPLIFY 2002: Balance Festival, the US Erstwhile label commandeered a Tokyo cafe to host an international Improv meltdown with Otomo Yoshihide, Keith Rowe, Taku Sugimoto and more. By Brian Marley

Invisible Jukebox: Kevin Ayers
Whateverwebringhe'llsing: the Island hopping troubadour attempts to identify tracks by The Skatalites, Nico, Syd Barrett, Daevid Allen, Ultramarine, The Velvet Underground and more. Tested by Mike Barnes

Acoustic Ecology
Since the mid-70s, a global network has dedicated itself to preserving the Earth's disappearing soundscapes, in the process highlighting the environmental crisis facing the planet's ecosystems. By Phil England

Dave Mandl encounters the many masks hiding electronics whiz Keith Fullerton Whitman

The solo psychedelic practitioner has made fans of Makoto Kawabata and Thurston Moore. By Jim Haynes

Frank Denyer
Andy Hamilton meets the English composer, instrument maker and true original.

Global Ear
Musical traditions collide with the sound of the new in the Turkish capital. Francesco Martinelli

Brian Marley reveals a manic obsession with American composer Charles Ives

Print Run
A Love Supreme: The Creation of John Coltrane's Classic Album, by Ashley Kahn; Tropical Truth: A Story of Music and Revolution in Brazil, by Caetano Veloso; So What: The Life of Miles Davis, by John Szwed

Cross Platform
The best thing about Hip Hop is watching the DJ. Peter Shapiro cues up the new Scratch DVD and talks to director Doug Pray about the similarities between film editing and DJing
Plus: Reviews of: Look At The Music/ Seesound; Pavement DVD; The Studio One Story DVD

On Location
Iain Sinclair's M25 London Orbital, London Barbican, UK; Look At The Music/ See Sound, Ystad Various Venues, Sweden; This Is Not Art Festival, Newcastle Cambridge Hotel, Australia; Taktlos-Bern 02: Final Night, Bern Dampfzentrale, Switzerland; Terrastock V, Boston Axis, Byron Coley; La Bâtie, Geneva Various Venues, Switzerland; Fugazi, London Forum, UK