Maggot Brain is a full-color, quarterly magazine edited by noted Detroit scribe Mike McGonigal: 100+ pages packed with phenomenal content—art, music, literature, unpublished archival material, and more—with a simple promise to only exist on the printed page.
The cover feature is an epic, really long timeline of images and interview with the modern king of arts portrait photography, Michael Lavine.
• Amazing archival images by Gail Butensky and reflections on Pavement + what we think is the band’s first new interview in a decade in anticipation of their reusion shows and events later this year.
• Tom Scharpling talks about prog rock with Matt Berry.
A lengthy interview with the SF-based dreamy pop band Cindy by editor Mike McGonigal.
•Reuben Radding’s killer photos and review of a recent show in Brooklyn by Chicago’s Irreversible Entanglements
•Ana Gavrilovska on why sax player and drone composer Lea Bertucci matters
•Sara Jaffe on how essayist Aisha Sabatini Sloan is a genius
•Lucy Sante on how the ironic transgressive aesthetic of the early 1990s has perhaps not aged so well.
•Catching up with self-taught soul artist and political cartoonist, painter Mingering Mike – including never before printed flyers and Mike’s painting of the ‘Maggot Brain’ cover.
•Yonatan Gat by Jay Ruttenberg.
•The debut of Mimi Lipson’s advice column.
•Roving Bill Aspinwell–true letters of a Civil War soldier tramp junkie hobo hero.
•The great writer RJ Smith on the evolution of 75 Dollar Bill’s ecstatic music.
SF-based Tamara Palmer on how she was there at the Love Parade in Berlin decades ago when the “Techno Viking” moment happened
•How Philly's Rosali and Emily Robb are the shreddingest shredders in shred-dom, by Michelle Dove
•Some amazing Detroit punk flyers
•The tape column
•The great writer and photographer Doug Coombe pays tribute to the Detroit Cobras’ Rachel Nagy.