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MRR Radio #1587 • 12/10/17

This week Matt pulls some rarities out of the vault to make the scums and punks drool. Intro song: STENGTE DØRER ...

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MRR Radio #1586 • 12/3/17

On this week's MRR Radio, Rob goes ballistic for late '70s and early '80s Bloodstains punk rock from around the ...

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Maximum Rocknroll #416 • Jan 2018

Another new year, another exciting issue of Maximum Rocknroll! MRR #416, our January 2018 issue, begins with a sad note as we ...

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"Who gives a fuck?"

MRR Radio #1585 • 11/26/17

“[...] Elvis gives them a short speech about the death pangs that humanity must go through in order to reach ...

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MRR Radio #1584 • 11/19/17

Another fuct up Rotten Ron and Horrrible Halitosis Punker Power Hour. Intro song: DRUGCHARGE - Husk Rotten Ron fucks it up so you ...

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Monday Photo Blog: Mika Miko

October 26th, 2009 by
The Trunkspace, Phoenix, AZ (photo by Manny Mares)

Mika Miko at The Trunkspace, Phoenix, AZ. June 2009 (photo by Manny Mares)

Video o’ the week

October 22nd, 2009 by

Local genius Janelle Hessig busts out another awesome piece of work here for the beautiful and talented HUNX AND HIS PUNX. And bonus points if you recognize who the other “Good Kisser” is…

Punk Passage at SF Library

October 20th, 2009 by

Check out this exhibit going on RIGHT NOW at the San Francisco Public Library:

Photo by Ruby Ray

Photo by Ruby Ray

Punk Passage
San Francisco First Wave Punk 1977-1981

San Francisco was the center of a vibrant and exciting punk scene in the late 1970s, rivaling Los Angeles and New York. In 1977, photographer Ruby Ray began documenting the punk scene in the city for the seminal punk magazine Search and Destroy. Punk Passage San Francisco First Wave Punk features 45 black and white photographic portraits and live music photographs of original punk innovators by the San Francisco-based photographer Ray in the Main Library, Jewett Gallery, Sept. 12-Dec. 6. Original punk rock ‘zines, flyers, posters and ephemera from 1977 to 1981 along with additional articles and ephemera from the Library’s Art, Music and Recreation Center Collection and from the Little Magazine Collection, Book Arts & Special Collections also will be on view, sharing the rich historical roots of punk rock from the center of the San Francisco artistic movement. The photographs represent some of San Francisco’s contribution to the international punk movement. The message is unabashed individualism, creativity, do-it-yourself activism and black humor. Bands such as The Avengers, the Dead Kennedys, the Dils, Crime, Sleepers, the Mutants and others are represented, placing them within the historic context as an important part of San Francisco’s counter-cultural history, as innovative for its time as the beat and hippie movements were.

From September 12 through December 6, 2009
Main Library, Lower Level, Jewett Gallery

Related Display:
Punk Penelope

September 12 through December 6, 2009
Main Library, Lower Level, Library Café Exhibition Case

Film Screening of SF Punk (West Coast Premiere) by Target Video followed by audience Q & A with photographer Ruby Ray and video producer Joe Rees.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at 6 p.m.
Main Library, Lower Level, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin Street (at Grove)

Queer Punk: Panel Discussion – Panel will discuss how being Queer influenced their music and share memories of playing in the San Francisco punk scene in the ‘80s and ‘90s. Panelists include KD Davis, bass player for Wilma and Impulse F, Debbie Hopkins, drummer for The Contractions and Jon Ginoli, founder of Pansy Division.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009, 7 p.m.
Eureka Valley/Harvey Milk Memorial Branch Library, 1 José Sarria Court (at 16th St.)

Monday Photo Blog: 9 Shock Stagedive

October 19th, 2009 by
(photo by Jason Penner)Bro tags ceiling fan during 9 Shocks Terror’s set at Thrash Fest 3 at the Babylon in Minneapolis, MN on May 4, 2002. Smoke bombs were set off shortly after.

(photo by Jason Penner)

Punk magazine’s John Holmstrom

October 17th, 2009 by

In case you missed it in MRR #311, here’s…

A Visit with the Editor of Punk or, How a Fanzine Changed the World
by Aaron Cometbus

punk01News passed down the punk pipeline: a print media-themed issue of MRR! What better opportunity to sit down with the pioneer of punk himself, John Holmstrom? I’d admired his work since I was a wee lad, and had a long list of questions I’d always been dying to ask. He was amenable to the idea, and agreed to meet me at a nearby diner—the same diner, in fact, that held the fateful conference where Henry joined Black Flag. Hopefully this meeting would have a happier outcome.

However, a party of Ukrainians sat down for a post-wedding celebration at the next table over just as we began to chat. As a result, my tape recording serves as a better record of their conversation than ours. And so, with what direct quotes I can salvage, the story will proceed in my own words.

Holmstrom came to New York City from Connecticut in 1972 to learn to draw comics. He enrolled at the School for Visual Arts, but was disappointed to find not a single cartooning class. Along with some other angry students, he went to the president of the school. “Sure, what cartoonists do you want?” the President asked. “Put a list together.”

And so they did—a fantasy list of comic legends. Topping the list was Will Eisner (the comic maverick who’d created the Spirit in 1940, and, famously, turned down publishing the first issue of Superman) and Harvey Kurtzman (the founder of the original Mad magazine). The administration surprised the students by hiring both.

Studying under Eisner and Kurtzman was Holmstrom’s first entry into the worlds of comics and publishing. Their lessons, and their belief in him, greatly affected the course of his life. Even after he could no longer afford the steep SVA tuition and was forced to drop out, Holmstrom continued on as their apprentice, literally as well as figuratively: both Eisner and Kurtzman hired him as personal assistant. The work was part-time and paid only minimum wage, but that was all he needed to scrape by. More importantly, it gave the young artist an opportunity to hone his own skills…

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