MAXIMUM ROCK ‘N’ ROLL #351: $4, newsprint, 8.5” x 11”, 144 pgs.

Nov 20, 2012

I credit Green Day’s Dookie with getting me into punk. I got that CD when I was fifteen and the musicians on the album were about twenty-two. That was eighteen years ago. When I was in junior high, Houses of the Holy by Led Zeppelin was eighteen years old, and that shit was ancient! So, I wonder, has the music of my youth become classic rock? Am I the 2012 version of my well intentioned but clueless music teacher Mr. Rossini, who had a Wayne’s World “Not!” poster in his classroom? If the Descendents are fifty, is it creepy for them to sing their old songs about high school girls? I’m asking these questions because this is MRR’s thirtieth anniversary issue and, less than a year after Dookie, I started buying MRR, recognizing it as the standard-bearer for DIY punk journalism. And it still is now, to the point where it’s difficult to review. What’s new to say about a consistently interesting magazine, that has published 351 issues? Aside from their usual columns, reviews and interviews (God Equals Genocide!), this issue features questionnaire and survey results, and a little MRR history in the form of a gallery of famous and infamous covers. Here’s hoping that someone who just bought a (insert mainstream punk band) album this past summer picks this up and is transformed. – Chris Terry (PO Box 460760, SF, CA94146)