Hardcore Architecture: Grace Ambrose / Maximum RocknRoll
By Grace Ambrose, Marc Fischer and Public Collectors
Chicago, IL, Public Collectors, 2016
Dimensions: 8.5 in X 11 in
Process: Two-color Risograph and color digital
Color: Two-color throughout with color digital insert
Edition size: 500
Hardcore Architecture explores the relationship between the architecture of living spaces and the history of underground American hardcore bands in the 1980s. This interview booklet is intended as a supplement to the website: hardcorearchitecture.tumblr.com. It is one of a series of printed publications addressing the themes of the project through writings, interviews, photos, and printed ephemera. Hardcore Architecture is a project of Marc Fischer and Public Collectors.
This booklet consists of a massive 9000+ word interview with Grace Ambrose. From the introduction:
Grace Ambrose is a punk rock dynamo. Barely into her mid-20s, she moved cross-country to become the primary coordinator of a San Francisco-based magazine. That alone would be impressive, but even more exciting is that the monthly magazine is Maximum RocknRoll (MRR), an iconic, often contentious publication whose foundational year predates Ambrose’s birth by seven years.
Maximum RocknRoll is a DIY punk magazine, radio show, record label and website. It was founded by Tim Yohannan in 1977, first as a radio show, and then as a monthly magazine that has been published continuously since 1982. Along with an army of “shitworkers,” Yohannan continued to serve as MRR’s coordinator until his death in 1998.
Maximum RocknRoll is nearing its 400th issue. Each monthly copy tops a hundred pages, with many thousands of words of opinion and information devoted to punk culture from around the world. The magazine has evolved and thrived during a period of great hardship for print publications, as well as various ups and downs for interest levels in punk music itself. Maximum RocknRoll is crucial to the work I do with the Hardcore Architecture project, because it is the source of contact addresses that I use to locate the homes associated with bands from the 1980s. Nearly the entire history of hardcore has happened on MRR’s watch and it remains the obvious place to send your punk record or demo to be reviewed or considered for airplay on their radio show.
This booklet is a must for anyone interested in the mechanics of running a monthly magazine, punk history, radical history in San Francisco, and DIY publishing. Discussion of Tim Yohannan's ghost is also included.
Public Collectors is founded upon the concern that there are many types of cultural artifacts that public libraries, museums and other institutions and archives either do not collect or do not make freely accessible. Public Collectors asks individuals that have had the luxury to amass, organize, and inventory these materials to help reverse this lack by making their collections public.
Public Collectors organizes exhibitions and events, participates in exhibitions organized by others, creates exhibition opportunities for collectors, teaches, lectures, responds to research inquiries, and makes its own publications. Marc Fischer, the administrator of Public Collectors, is based in Chicago, Illinois.