Wax Poetics is a quarterly American music magazine dedicated to vintage and contemporary jazz, funk, soul, Latin, hip-hop, reggae, blues, and R&B in the crate-digger tradition; the name of the magazine is itself an allusion to vinyl records.
Five years strong. For our 20th Issue, we pay tribute to Jamaican-music pioneer Lee “Scratch” Perry and members of the Memphis musical family, Eightball & MJG. Buy the Playlist!
re:Discovery Trinity, Ackie, Sparrow’s Troubadours, Band of Mercy and the Salvations, Anthony Red Rose In Memoriam: Dewey Redman (1931-2006) Audio Heritage: An Archival Perspective on Recorded Media Subject: Magnetic Tape (pt. 1 of 3) This Revolution Was Televised The Life and Work of Eric Monte Secret Ingredient Percussionist Johnny Griggs Flavored the J.B. Stew Sanctified Dance Hall Early ’80s Sound System in an Abandoned Paris Church North Bronx Roots Lloyd “Bullwackie” Barnes’s Once-Overlooked Reggae Label Wackie’s is Seeing New Light Playing in Mr. B’s Yard The Soul Syndicate Rocked Classic Tracks for Reggae’s Top Producers City Too Hot: The Excessive Apex and Sudden Fall of the Black Ark An Extract From People Funny Boy: The Genius of Lee “Scratch” Perry Can You Hear What I Hear? Walter Sear and his Sear Sound are the Last of the Analog Champions The King Size Soul of Curtis Ousley Curtis Ousley / King Curtis Scorpio Rising Dennis Coffey and the Birth of Psychedelic Soul Graffiti’s Not Hip-Hop If You Call it That, Then Stop. Memphis Sons Orange Mound Natives Eightball & MJG Are a Living Legacy Freak Master Freak Master Academic Archive Volume XIII Clothesline Revivals’ View of a Century Long Gone Toronto Gets Tropical Jamaicans in Canada Cultivate U.S. Funk and Soul – Interview with Jay Douglas of the Cougars