MAXIMUM ROCKNROLL #384: $4.99, 8 ½” x 11”, newsprint, 128 pgs.

I’ve been reading MRRsince the early ‘80s and although there are times when I have to put it aside for awhile, whenever I pick one up it is like seeing an old friend. In this issue, George Tabb submits his final column for MRR. He includes correspondence with the new zine coordinator, who is letting him go as a columnist. I suppose everyone likes to see a little dirt, but it’s uncomfortable to see anyone get fired. The zine coordinator responds to his column in a rebuttal of her own and, again, this is interesting and scandalous, but it’s uncomfortable. That being said, I stopped reading his column many years ago because it seemed like it was the same topic every month. This issue also includes an interview with Wu Wei, the front man for SMZB, a band from China. It’s always interesting to read about punk rock from countries other than Western Europe and the USA and that is one thing that Maximum Rock’n’Roll has done extremely well since their inception and the Welcome to 1984 compilation record. I also enjoyed the conversation with Sean Gray, who started a collective website titled “Is this Venue Accessible?” The website collects information on venues from all over the world determining whether or not the venue is accessible for the disabled. This isn’t something I’ve considered before, and the conversation is in-depth and focuses on ableism, the American Disabilities Act, and punk rock.–Steve Hart (Maximum Rock N Roll, PO Box 460760, SF, CA94146-0760)