MAXIMUM ROCK’N’ROLL #355, $4, newsprint, 8½” x 11”, 144 pgs.
You’ve got to hand it to MRR. After thirty years, they’ve got this punk zine thing down to a science. My first issue had to be #3 or #4. You do the math: I’m old. Anyway, some things in life you come to count on to always be there and MRR is certainly one of them. This issue features interviews with The Red Dons, La Armada, DHK, as well as Avi Spivak who also provided the awesome cover art. Also included are the ever-present gaggle of reviews and columns that you’ve grown to love. A bonus exclusive to this particular issue is the apparent pissing match between longtime columnist Mykel Board and the coordinators that spilled over into the letters section over a column of his that didn’t run due to its subject matter. It is good to see that the coordinators chose to take the issue on head-on. –Garrett Barnwell (PO Box 460760, SF, CA 94146)