Very good. Yellowed newsprint of course. Address label to back cover. Tears to front cover from being stapled for mailing, most of mag has small staple holes. Minor creasing / corner folds. Scarce early issue.
Hand addressed to Unsound Music.
Letters page, scene reports from all over the country and abroad, interviews with the Minutemen + Winston Smith, Dan (Hardcore promoter in Northeastern Wisconsin) + The Freeze + Heart Attack, Jeff Earring from Insanity Defense, Sab Grey from Iron Cross, Pushead calling out The Exploited for their flagrant unlicensed use of his artwork, amazing period advertisements from record labels, record stores and more, Mykel Board gets criticized for objectionable column regarding queer people, etc.
Maximumrocknroll originated as punk radio show on Berkeley's KPFA in the late 1970s, but it is in its zine form that MRR exerted its greatest influence and became as close to an institution as punk ideology allows. It was founded by Tim Yohannan in 1982 as the newsprint booklet insert in Not So Quiet on the Western Front, a compilation LP released on the then-Dead Kennedys' label Alternative Tentacles. The compilation included forty-seven bands from Northern California and nearby areas.
The first issues focused on the local and regional music scenes, but the coverage soon expanded to the entire continent and, by issue five, cover stories included features on Brazilian and Dutch underground punk. In the '80s, MRR was one of the very few US fanzines that insisted on the international scope of the punk movement, and strove to cover scenes around the world.
MRR is considered to be one of the most important zines in punk, not only because of its wide-ranging coverage, but because it has been a consistent and influential presence in the ever-changing punk community for over three decades.