MAXIMUM ROCK ‘N’ ROLL #338: $4, newsprint, 8 ¼” x 10 ¾”, 128 pgs.

Sep 23, 2011

While reading this issue, a strange idea crossed my mind: For one issue, Maxim and Maximum Rock ‘n’ roll should trade places. For just one month only, MRR would become full colored, slick, and overly glossy, while Maxim would became a black and white zine, printed on thin paper, and lovingly assembled by “shitworkers.” The switch wouldn’t stop there at appearance. The writers would trade off, too. The guy who would usually interview Mila Kunis would try his hand at interviewing Homostupids or Voetsek, while writers used to reviewing crust punk records would have to review microbrews or some shit. Yeah, I guess that’s a pretty dumb idea now that I think about it more. Anyway, this issue features all the great columns and reviews you have come to love and interviews with Japanese hardcore legends Zouo, California’s Raw Nerves, andMexico’s Inservibles. There’s also the first part of a history of punk rock in Czechoslovakia. As always, it’s an incredible source for punk rock that is happening anywhere and everywhere the world over. –Andy Conway (MRR, PO Box 460760, SF, CA95146-0760)