After 37 years, punk fanzine Maximum Rocknroll will end its print publication later this year. The zine, which began publishing in 1982 after beginning as a radio show in 1977, will publish three more issues; following that, reviews will be published online with the weekly radio show.
“Readers can look forward to more online content, updates regarding the archive project initiated in 2016, and other yet-to-be-announced MRR projects, as well as new ways for punks around the world to get involved,” Maximum Rocknroll posted on Facebook. “We will be having a public meeting at 2:00pm on Sunday, January 20 at the MRR compound to discuss the future — please write firstname.lastname@example.org for details.”
The announcement stressed that this is not the end of Maximum Rocknroll.
“Needless to say, the landscape of the punk underground has shifted over the years, as has the world of print media. Many of the names and faces behind Maximum Rocknroll have changed too. Yet with every such shift, MRR has continued to remind readers that punk rock isn’t any one person, one band, or even one fanzine. It is an idea, an ethos, a fuck you to the status quo, a belief that a different kind of world and a different kind of sound is ours for the making.
“These changes do not mean that Maximum Rocknroll is coming to an end. We are still the place to turn if you care about Swedish girl bands or Brazilian thrash or Italian anarchist publications or Filipino teenagers making anti-state pogo punk, if you are interested in media made by punks for punks, if you still believe in the power and potential of autonomously produced and underground culture. We certainly still do, and look forward to the surprises, challenges, and joys that this next chapter will bring. Long live Maximum Rocknroll.”