Berkeley, CA: Self-published, June 1994. Staplebound in wraps. Unpaginated (170 pp).
4to. (8 ½ x 10 ¾ in.) Offset. Some of the middle pages have slight wrinkles from water damage, otherwise fine condition. Item #4502
This issue is representative of MMR following its decision in its January 1994 issue to no longer review records from major labels, major label subsidies, and what they deemed as “big indie” labels, as well as to restrict coverage of certain music genres such as emo, pop, post-hardcore, metal, and other “non punk” genres. This was viewed as controversial by many readers and caused some staff members to leave the magazine and start rival zines. Tim Yohannan’s editorial and the letters to the editor of this issue are all related to this topic, and this issue also includes articles discussing how major labels work, why a band would sign to a major label, why an independent label would partner with a major one, and more. Also contains an article on punk history in Germany and international scene reports on Bolivia, the UK, North Carolina, and the Baltics.