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Regulars Bitstr~am/ Death Row 8 Notes from he underground/ Will Oldham's last requests

Glob~l Ear 14 On the trail of bootleggers and nonWesternised music in Beijing

Epiphanies 114 For Tom Perchard , KRS-One opened the doors of modernist perception

Edito~'s Idea 4 Lett~s 6 Cha s 56 Out here 100 Dire~ory 104 Plus Label Lore and Savage Pencil

Subscribe 106 Back Issues 108

Revi~wsIndeX57Souhdcheck 58 Avant Rock 75 Critical Beats 76 Electronica 77 HipHop 78

I Jazz & lmprov 79 Mo~ern Composition 80 Ou~er Limits 81 Prili't Run 82 Cross Platform 86 On Location 90

Schimpfluch 20 The Zurich-based extreme noise collective, which includes Rudolf, Runzelstirn & Gurglestock, Sudden Infant, G*Park and others, attempt to tear down the walls of Jericho with ass trumpets and dead fish. By Drew Daniel

Asian Dub Foundation 26 Rooted in Community Music, the East London posse have built a broad popular base for their sample-loaded and politically charged music, bringing down barriers between high/low and East/West. By David Stubbs

Shandar32Duringtheearly1970s,Paris'sShandarRecordsprovided a home for such uncompromising artists as Albert Ayl er, La Monte Young , Sun Ra and others. Edwin Pouncey talks to Daniel Caux, architect of its adventurou s A&R policy

Albert Ayler 38 In this 1970 interview, which appears here for the first time in English, the legendary free jazz saxophonist talked to Daniel Caux about his child hood , his Gl tour of duty, life in Scandinavia, and playing at Coltrane's funeral

Henry Grimes 42 The bassist who provided the pulse for Albert Ayl er and Cecil Taylor vanished from the scene in 1967. Tracking him down to Los Angeles, Marshal! Marrotte discovers that reports of hi s death are greatly exaggerated

2002 Rewind 44 The Wire's survey of the past 12 months in music and beyond : charting the best releases of 2002; plus musicians and writers tell us their Pros and Cons of the year

Invisible Jukebox 16 John Sinclair The former MC5 manager and White Panther leader attempts to pick out jams by Thelonious Monk, Archie Shepp, Gratefu l Dead , Bukka White, John Lennon & Yoko Ono, The Up and more. Tested • by Edwin Pouncey

Bites Oxbow 10 Gert-Jan Prins 12

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