MAXIMUM ROCKNROLL #427 Re-do, $4.99, 8½” x 11½”, newsprint, 40 pgs.

Apr 10, 2019

This issue is the #427 re-do, because the original cover showcased cisgender white male band Proto Idiot, chosen for the cover instead of other bands interviewed that included people of color. Because of this cover, the other interviews may have been overlooked. MRR decided the best way to give these interviews the attention and recognition that they deserve was printing a re-do, upside-down and backwards from #428. MRR said they chose Proto Idiot because they provided high-resolution, never-before-printed photos. I think if MRR had reached out to the bands requesting new photos, bands could have provided them. Apologies alluded that they’re going to work harder to make future cover choices more of a collaborative effort within the staff, as opposed to one person doing so. Miranda Fisher, the content coordinator for MRR, took the blame and said, “This magazine has a lot to work on in terms of its institutional white supremacy; I am unquestionably part of that, and I need to do a better job of acknowledging and combating it. This shows even in my reaction to the cover of 427; I should have seen immediately the hurt that it caused people, but I did not. I’d like to thank those who brought this issue to light for me.” I’m hoping that MRR will keep that promise, and feature more artists of color and marginalized folks. To show transparency, the magazine is making the emails to the bands explaining the situation and offering to re-run their interviews, and all the meeting notes available to the readers upon request. Reprinted interviews were Jabber (love them!), The Funs, The Shifters, Choked Up (featured on the re-do cover), lié, Marrón, and Giant Peach. I’m happy these interviews were given the opportunity to be printed again, and glad that so many spoke up about what happened. –Cynthia Pinedo (Maximum Rocknroll,