MAXIMUM ROCK’N’ROLL #400, $4.99, 8 ½” x 11”, newsprint, 120 pgs.

What can one say about Maximum Rock’n’roll that hasn’t already been said? This is issue # 400, which is truly an amazing feat for any monthly print magazine, but one that exclusively covers punk and has been doing so since the early ‘80s? Admirable, to say the least. One thing you can say about MRR, is that for better or worse, the magazine has never been stagnant—they’re always attempting to progress. This issue is their annual “shitworker issue,” dedicated to highlight the work of the MRR “shitworkers”—aka all of the people who donate their time to make the magazine happen every month. I might not relate to everything that MRR puts within their pages after four hundred issues in the same way as I did when I was a skateboarding punker kid in the late ‘80s reading MRR for the first time, but if you’re a socially aware, politically conscious punk and you’re not picking up MRR from time to time, then you’re really missing something. –Mark Twistworthy (MRR, PO BOX 460760, San Francisco, CA 94146)