The Wire

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The Wire aired on HBO for five seasons from 2002 to 2008 and was created, produced, and chiefly written by David Simon. Critics around the world have called the show the best on television, citing the show’s realistic portrayal of urban life in Baltimore and its deep exploration of social and political issues. Nonesuch has released two albums of music from the series: “… and all the pieces matter” Five Years of Music from “The Wire” and Beyond Hamsterdam, which features music by Baltimore musicians used on the show.

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The Wire aired on HBO for five seasons from 2002 to 2008 and was created, produced, and chiefly written by David Simon. The series is set in the city of Baltimore, where Simon was a police reporter for The Baltimore Sun for over a decade, and reflects his personal experiences with the city’s law enforcement and news media.

Critics around the world, at publications including TIME, Entertainment Weekly, the Chicago Sun-Times, Slate, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Philadelphia Daily News, and The Guardian, have called The Wire the best show on television, citing the show’s realistic portrayal of urban life and its deep exploration of social and political issues. Nonesuch has released two albums of music from the series: “… and all the pieces matter” Five Years of Music from “The Wire” and Beyond Hamsterdam, which features music by Baltimore musicians used on the show.

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  • January 8, 2008

    "Television’s greatest series deserves a great soundtrack album," declares the San Francisco Chronicle, "and that’s what it gets." This compilation mixes dialogue snippets, Baltimore hip-hop, and end-of-season montage tracks from five years of The Wire, as well as four versions of the opening-credit song, Tom Waits’s "Way Down in the Hole."

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  • September 28, 2010

    Congratulations to David Simon, the creator of The Wire (to which Nonesuch released the soundtrack) and Treme, who was named a MacArthur Fellow for 2010. The Fellows, selected for their creativity, originality, and potential to make important contributions in the future, receive $500,000 each in “no strings attached” support over the next five years. MacArthur Fellowships, often referred to as "Genius" grants, offer Fellows unprecedented freedom and opportunity to reflect, create, and explore. Dawn Upshaw was named a Fellow in 2007.

  • December 24, 2008

    While 2008 may go down as one of the more turbulent years in recent (or distant) memory, or, more optimistically, a time of change, there is much to celebrate in the year in music. Nonesuch artists across all genres have contributed to that and, accordingly, have made their way onto many critics' lists of the year's best. For the final Nonesuch Journal article of the year, we offer an overview of just some of that year-end critical praise.

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  • The Wire aired on HBO for five seasons from 2002 to 2008 and was created, produced, and chiefly written by David Simon. The series is set in the city of Baltimore, where Simon was a police reporter for The Baltimore Sun for over a decade, and reflects his personal experiences with the city’s law enforcement and news media.

    Critics around the world, at publications including TIME, Entertainment Weekly, the Chicago Sun-Times, Slate, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Philadelphia Daily News, and The Guardian, have called The Wire the best show on television, citing the show’s realistic portrayal of urban life and its deep exploration of social and political issues. Nonesuch has released two albums of music from the series: “… and all the pieces matter” Five Years of Music from “The Wire” and Beyond Hamsterdam, which features music by Baltimore musicians used on the show.

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