At Wax Poetics, we put music in context. Closing the noticeable gap in music journalism between coverage of contemporary artists and celebration of classic trailblazers, we provide extensive commentary on the dynamic relationship between past and present to educate today’s ears about the origins of their favorite music. What we started in December 2001 as a quarterly magazine, both classic and fresh, has grown into a diversified music media resource for music aficionados and general listeners alike. From our signature approach to print media to our giant steps into new media and the recording industry, we strive to revolutionize the way we educate ourselves about music.
Wax Poetics magazine makes the perfect stepping-stone for the endless possibilities of Wax Poetics media outlets. The strength of our name relies on a passion for quality music and the history that contextualizes it.
In this issue:
Wax Poetics Journal is back for 2020 with Digable Planets c/o P.M. Dawn.
Other contents include British synth-pop band the System; synthesizer futurist (and Dilla samplee) Raymond Scott; singer-songwriter Susaye Green (Stevie Wonder, Supremes); jazz-funk icon James Mason; Brazil’s biggest band Novos Baianos; disco drummer/producer Cerrone; Rap-A-Lot Records and the Geto Boys; and hip-hop photographer Frank White.
Biography - Music
Beastie Boys Book
Formed as a New York City hardcore band in 1981, Beastie Boys struck an unlikely path to global hip hop superstardom. Here is their story, told for the first time in the words of the band. Adam “AD-ROCK” Horovitz and Michael “Mike D” Diamond offer revealing and very funny accounts of their transition from teenage […]349 SEK
Wax Poetics – Collector’s Edition
The iconic Wax Poetics returns to Europe with this unique Collector’s Edition. After a brief hiatus from the shelves, the magazine is returning in its original format, size, and structure. This Collector’s Edition will feature classic articles from the Wax Poetics vaults plus new words about the ever-growing London jazz scene and a look back […]199 SEK
Hip Hop Raised Me
In 2008, with help from Jay-Z and Puff, Obama got the hip-hop vote, and became the first African American to be elected president. For a brief moment the “Audacity of Hope” seemed attainable. Yet only months ago the Ferguson riots brought an abrupt end to that hope, making emerging hip-hop artists, such as J Cole […]315 SEK
As Serious As Your Life: Black Music and the Free Jazz Revolution, 1957–1977
In this classic account of the new black music of the 1960s and 70s, celebrated photographer and jazz historian Val Wilmer tells the story of how a generation of revolutionary musicians established black music as the true vanguard of American culture. Placing the achievements of African-American artists such as Albert Ayler, Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane […]179 SEK