Punk Fanzine 'Maximum Rocknroll' Will End Print Publication

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It’s (nearly) the end of the line for Maximum Rocknroll’s print edition, which will roll off the presses for the last time later in 2019 after 36 years and more than 400 issues.     

Based in San Francisco, MRR began life as a radio show in 1977 and, in 1982, spawned a monthly print title. Tim Yohannan and his fellow co-founders tapped into the “burgeoning DIY punk and hardcore scenes all over the world” and, with that first issue, dedicated the fanzine to “promoting a true alternative to the doldrums of the mainstream.”

There will be three more print issues in the magazine’s current format. Later in the year, MRR’s record reviews will be published online alongside the weekly radio show, which has racked up more than 1,600 episodes. MRR will live on, a statement assures. “Readers can look forward to more online content, updates regarding the archive project initiated in 2016, and other yet-to-be-announced MRR projects, as well as new ways for punks around the world to get involved," reads a statement on its website

These changes "do not mean that Maximum Rocknroll is coming to an end," the statement continues. “We are still the place to turn to if you care about Swedish girl bands or Brazilian thrash or Italian anarchist publications or Filipino teenagers making anti-state pogo punk, if you are interested in media made by punks for punks, if you still believe in the power and potential of autonomously produced and underground culture,” . “We certainly still do, and look forward to the surprises, challenges, and joys that this next chapter will bring. Long live Maximum Rocknroll.”

A public meeting will take place this Sunday at the MRR compound to discuss its future.

Read the statement below.


Maximum Rocknroll began as a radio show in 1977. For the founders of Maximum Rocknroll, the driving impulse behind the radio show was simple: an unabashed, uncompromising love of punk rock. In 1982, buoyed by burgeoning DIY punk and hardcore scenes all over the world, the founders of the show — Tim Yohannan & the gang — launched Maximum Rocknroll as a print fanzine. That first issue drew a line in the sand between the so-called punks who mimicked society’s worst attributes — the “apolitical, anti-historical, and anti-intellectual,” the ignorant, racist, and violent — and MRR’s principled dedication to promoting a true alternative to the doldrums of the mainstream. That dedication included anti-corporate ideals, avowedly leftist politics, and relentless enthusiasm for DIY punk and hardcore bands and scenes from every inhabited continent of the globe. Over the next several decades, what started as a do-it-yourself labor of love among a handful of friends and fellow travelers has extended to include literally thousands of volunteers and hundreds of thousands of readers. Today, forty-two years after that first radio show, there have been well over 1600 episodes of MRR radio and 400 issues of Maximum Rocknroll fanzine — not to mention some show spaces, record stores, and distros started along the way — all capturing the mood and sound of international DIY punk rock: wild, ebullient, irreverent, and oppositional. Needless to say, the landscape of the punk underground has shifted over the years, as has the world of print media. Many of the names and faces behind Maximum Rocknroll have changed too. Yet with every such shift, MRR has continued to remind readers that punk rock isn’t any one person, one band, or even one fanzine. It is an idea, an ethos, a fuck you to the status quo, a belief that a different kind of world and a different kind of sound is ours for the making.

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