Supporters of US punk magazine Maximum Rocknroll have launched a crowdfunded project which aims to digitise and catalogue the publication’s entire print archive, making it searchable online; and to put into effect a clear preservation programme to manage and protect MRR‘s vast and growing vinyl archive for the long-term.

The first target of the fundraising programme has been met, but MRR are now looking to build on that foundation to extend the reach and viability of the project. A range of punk perks are available to all funders who pledge more than $5.

Since 1977, Bay Area punk institution Maximum Rocknroll has been producing a radio show, publishing a monthly magazine, releasing records, organizing shows, and supporting worldwide punk projects. As MRR enters its 40th year, we are undertaking our most ambitious project ever: creating a comprehensive online database of our record collection and music reviews. The project will also see out-of-print issues of the magazine fully digitized. We’re asking for your help to make it possible.

Our collection is the largest assemblage of punk material history on earth. In addition to records, the archive is home to countless rare and unheard demo tapes, zines, photographs, one-of-a-kind record covers designed by the magazine’s founder Tim Yohannan, and flyers dating back to the genre’s inception, many of which will be digitized for the first time. MRR has been instrumental in punk history and historiography, and the archive and database will be an essential resource for record collectors, historians, and anyone interested in punk, hardcore, and garage rock.

The monthly magazine, published since 1982, is self-sustaining, but we need your help to fund the archive project and its twin goals of long-term viability for our physical collections and a searchable, sortable online database of our holdings. MRR is entirely volunteer-run and independent. Your donation will help fund the various costs associated with a project of this scope.

Our database will be one-of-a-kind, serving as an online catalog and media repository for punk’s material history.