72 pages. Cover photo of Corrosion of Conformity's singer holding Biohazard's singer by Murray Bowles.
Very good. Yellowed newsprint of course. Unobtrusive closed tears at edge and chipping. Minor creasing / corner folds. Scarce early issue.
Letters page, scene reports from all over the country and abroad, small articles about Vicious Circle + Naked Raygun + Corrosion of Conformity, Japanese bands Star Club, Willard & Lipcream, the N.Y.C. scene section has writing and small photos of Sonic Youth, Rat at Rat R, Live Skull and Swans, Situationist International, Nicaragua, Industrial Music, amazing period advertisements from record labels, record stores and more.
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.