A GImA.'1TSTEP rnI L
WE Have Made It! After t wo years o f sometimes tenuous existence as a quarterly, The Wire has taken the inevitable step and gone monthly.
This has come about largely as a result o f becoming part o f the Namara Group which also includes Quartet Books. This does not mean that we have been bought out, merely that The Wire i s now jointly owned by Namara and Chrissie Murray and myself. What it does mean, however, i s that t h e country's most important jazz magazine and book publishers are now stablemates which will have far-reaching advantages for jazz publishing in this country. After years o f neglect and decay, jazz journalism and debate will be able t o rise t o the same heights which the music itself i s currently experiencing i n popularity. The Wire as a monthly wi l l have a louder voice and exercise a greater influence i n the jazz world.
Our editorial policy will continue t o be wide wi t h a major emphasis on the here and now and its many styles. We will also place great importance on helping t o initiate the newcomer into the world o f jazz and related music in a way which is comprehendable. We are impressed by the other leading European magazines, Jazz Hot and Jazz Magazine in France, and Musica Jazz in Italy. Like them, we will touch on music which falls just outside jazz but which is, nevertheless, relevant so don't let anybody tel l you we are not a jazz magazine.
I would like t o take the opportunity o f welcoming Chrissie Murray as the first woman jazz editor in the world after having given us much needed expertise and support over t he last t wo years as sub editor.
I would also thank you, our loyal readers, especially subscribers, f or having gone this far wi t h us. And, t o t he mass o f new readers, I will just say HANG ON TIGHT BECAUSE WE'RE GOING TO MOVE FAST.. .
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