BIG TAKEOVER, THE #80, $5.99, 8 ½” x 11”, glossy, 144 pgs.

I have always had a soft spot for The Big Takeover. Named after an excellent Bad Brains song, it has been around for well over thirty years. In the 1990s, when I was a teen, I would go to Barnes & Noble or Borders (RIP) and read Maximum Rock’n’Roll, AP, and The Big Takeover, amongst others. Away from a metropolis, it was the only place I could read these publications and find out about new music. This issue includes interviews with Chrissie Hynde, Tommy Stinson, Tobin Sprout, Grandaddy, as well as a ton of reviews. I appreciated Jack Rabid’s editorial about America’s political situation and the abomination that is Donald Trump. The Chrissie Hynde interview by Rabid was especially enjoyable, as he had an actual conversation with her that covered some good ground of the singer who has put out music for decades. Otherwise, I can’t say this issue rocked my world, but it was a good trip down memory lane. –Kurt Morris (The Big Takeover, 1713 8th Ave., Suite 3-2, Box 2, Brooklyn, NY 11215)