The Wire

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Issue 345

November 2012

Peter Brötzmann
A two-part special on the visionary improvisor and visual artist who is still shaking the foundations of free music half a century into his career.
Interview David Keenan visits Brötzmann at home in Wuppertal, Germany and finds the 71 year old saxophonist’s stance on music, art and politics unsoftened by age.
The Primer A user’s guide to Brötzmann’s sprawling catalogue of solo and collaborative recordings. By Daniel Spicer.

Niney The Observer
Derek Walmsley meets the elusive roots producer and traces his story through the studios and streets of Kingston, Jamaica.

Stuart Wynn Jones
Advertising man by day, avant garde film maker by night, this radical hobbyist was part of a UK postwar boom in amateur sound and vision experiments. 
By Ian Helliwell.

Global Ear Basque Country
New punk and hardcore groups uphold the legacy of the autonomous region’s 1980s Radical Rock movement. By Mark Lore.

Cross Platform Beatrice Gibson
Julian Cowley hears how Cornelius Cardew’s scores inspire the film maker’s visual compositions.

Invisible Jukebox Loren Connors & Suzanne Langille
The first couple of avant blues take the test of 
The Wire’s mystery record selection. Tested by 
Jason Gross.

Jonny Greenwood learns a lesson about sound, space and listening at a Penderecki concert.

The Inner Sleeve
Aura Satz on Gjon Mili’s photographs of Carmen Amaya.

Print Run
New music books: inside Herbie Hancock’s Mwandishi Band; Matt Thorne’s guide to Prince; Julian Cope’s psychedelic bible; and a new primer on Christian Wolff.

On Screen
Films & DVDs: Something From Nothing: The Art Of Rap and In Search Of Blind Joe Death: The Saga Of John Fahey.

On Site
Exhibitions, installations, etc: Katarzyna Krakowiak in Venice; Ed Atkins in London.

On Location
Festival and concert reviews: Music Language, San Francisco Electronic Music Festival, Jennifer Walshe with Panos Ghikas and Tomomi Adachi, Touch. 30 
and more.

Robin The Fog raises the ghosts of the BBC’s Bush House; Holly Herndon gets intimate with her laptop; Frisk Frugt brings Burkina Faso pop to Copenhagen; and the Schimpfluch circus comes to town.

Soundcheck A–Z
Farrah Abraham
Viv Albertine
Aluk Todolo
Antoine Beuger
Arizona Dranes
Kevin Drumm
Jean Dubuffet
Bob Dylan
Felipe Felizardo
Flying Lotus
Jonny Greenwood
Hallock Hill
Harry Pussy
Florian Hecker
Tim Hecker & Daniel Lopatin
Lightning Bolt
L Eugene Methe
Charles Mingus
Natural Snow Buildings
Pet Shop Boys
Reignes D’Angleterre
Max Richter
Keith Rowe & Christian Wolff
The Shadow Ring
Silent Servant
Sonic Youth
Terror Danjah
Travis & Fripp
200 Years
Various Delta Swamp Rock Volume 2
Various Rework_Philip Glass Remixed
Various Why Diet When You Could 
Various Music & Liberation: A Compilation Of Music From The Women’s Liberation Movement
Various New Music For Early 
Jozef van Wissem & Jim Jarmusch
Jah Wobble & Keith Levene
Richard Youngs
ZZ Top