The MRR archives continue:
Maximum Rocknroll #2 • Sept-Oct 1982

July 10th, 2012 by

Continuing with our MRR Archives series in celebration of our 30th Anniversary, here is the complete download of Maximum Rocknroll issue #2 (download available in our webstore soon). Our guest MC this time is Martin Sprouse, whose past contributions to MRR are innumerable, and who continues to be a mentor and inspiration to us all. Thank you Martin!

I remember the day I walked into San Diego’s Off the Record and saw the stack of Maximum Rocknroll #2 on the counter. I picked up a copy and stared at the cover.

Body. Flag. Corporation.

There was no accompanying text, just a stark, black and white photo. As a teenage punk, this image instantly resonated with me. It looked different. It read different. Without any effort, it made a point-blank statement.

After joining MRR in 1985, I referred to this photo when I designed covers for the magazine. It set the stage for using the cover more as a political poster than a sales tool. MRR covers were never treated as protected real estate. We didn’t follow a set of standards or codes to ensure sales. The cover was where we had the freedom to do whatever we wanted.

I don’t remember the photo’s back story or how it became the cover. Was it meticulously planned or spontaneously thrown together? Probably a combination of both. Either way, the cover for MRR #2 made a lasting impression on me. Thirty years later, this photo could easily be used for the cover of MRR #352. Its sharp message remains as relevant today, if not more so.

I also want to congratulate the MRR readers, volunteers, writers, contributors, supporters, distributors, critics, and enemies from the last 30 years. You have made MRR possible. Thanks.

— Martin Sprouse, 2012

PDF download of MRR #2 will be available soon in the MRR Webstore!
Read more of our MRR Archives series here.

3 responses to “The MRR archives continue:
Maximum Rocknroll #2 • Sept-Oct 1982”

12 07 2012
Adam Johnston (11:50:55) :

Didn’t Tim Yo try to get loads of punks to turn up at a bank in SF for a group photo and only one lone person turned up, hence the change in planned photo? Still, a striking photo, nonetheless.

13 07 2012
Martin Sprouse (10:44:45) :


Never heard that story… Seems unlikely… Tim’s recruiting / organizing skills were better than that.

I think that’s Jerod Poor under the flag.

Does anyone know Dave Rave (the photographer)?

7 01 2014
Jerod Poore (13:11:09) :

That’s me under the flag. There was a decent turnout for the event, twenty or so. I was wearing the flag over the back of my jacket. The photographer, one of the main people behind the MRR in its earliest days, didn’t like the pictures of a bunch of punks standing around like any other protest. So I told him my idea and he liked it.

It was a good thing he got the shot he liked the first time, as the Bechtel guards rushed outside as soon as they saw me like that.

And 20-some years later, Bechtel was profiting handsomely on the deaths of Americans and Iraqis.

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