Maximum Rock N' Roll Presents: A Day of Punk and Hardcore Gigs Worldwide

The internet killed the 'zine star.

San Francisco's Maximum Rock N' Roll started as a radio show in the 1977, but is most known for its ubiquitous newsprint 'zine that has served as the defacto scene bible for many punks around the globe for over 30 years.

Before the internet, and its seemingly endless amount of punk and hardcore blogs, if you wanted to learn about the punk scene you went down to the local record store and bought a copy of MRR (or maybe Punk Planet or some smaller local 'zine). Sure, you didn't always agree with it — especially if you were in Agnostic Front — but you read it.

At least, that's what the old guy in the back of the room told me before rambling on about how the kids today have it all wrong.

[jump] The print zine was founded by Tim Yohannan in 1982 as the booklet insert for Not So Quiet on the Western Front, a northern California compilation put out on Dead Kennedy's Alternative Tentacles label. The punk rag would serve as a soapbox for record reviews, interviews, and political writings that have been at the center of discussion in the punk and hardcore world for the last three decades (just ask one of your punk friends what they think of MRR's review of their record and you'll see what I mean).

The internet revolution has been hard on all forms of print media, even all-volunteer, not-for-profit punk 'zines like MRR, so the local publication is doing what punks do — throwing a benefit show. Except, much like MRR's expansive coverage, this benefit show is spread across the world and all DIY. Cause, you know, fuck Kickstarter, maaaan. 

And although we can only imagine MRR's biggest business expense is all the green tape it uses on its massive record collection, punks around the world were eager to help support the institution. Tomorrow, shows will be held on every continent besides Antarctica to benefit the San Francisco punk publication. If there's anything that can sum up the power and capabilities of the DIY punk scene to do big things without support from major corporations or concert promoters, it's this event.
Check out the list of gigs here. Personally, I think the Toronto show looks the most stacked.


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