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edited by noted Detroit scribe Mike McGonigal: 100+ pages packed with phenomenal content – art, music, literature, unpublished archival material, and more – with a simple promise to only exist on the printed page.
ON THE COVER: This issue is dedicated to the memory of astral traveling saxophone colossus PHAROAH SANDERS, with a tremendous evaluation of his most important work by the great music writer Andy Beta as the cover feature, rare images by Leni Sinclair, and a brief remembrance by film director Jeff Feuerzeig.
COLUMNS: - Lucy Sante - New column is about her collage practice, which was unknown until recently. Unsurprisingly it’s great work. - Mimi Lipson – Returns with another advice column filled with warmth, humor, and even advice. - JAZZ ROUNDTABLE – with Ben Jaffe, Sam Cohen, Bekah Flynn, and Makaya McCraven: New Orleans’ entire history as refracted through the work of Charlie Gabriel of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, an absolutely deep and important piece we are so stoked for. - THINKING FELLERS – An overview related to new reissues, written by none other than your favorite writer from Bananafish. - SOME CHURCHES – Amazing images of small churches, rural and urban, from the collection of the Library of Congress.
ALSO FEATURING: MICK COLLINS – Tremendous career-spanning feature on the Gories/Dirtbombs frontman by the great RJ Smith. LAMBCHOP – A great new album for Merge and an expansive theater piece Kathy Lindenmayer goes deep with leader Kurt Wagner. XV – Detroit’s new no wave supergroup deconstructs an interview, with musician Adam Taub. GHOST RIDERS – ‘60s/‘70s North American downer psych-pop/ garage “Coming of Age Garage Ballads,” Glen Morren turns in a lengthy overview. ERNEST HOOD – A feature on the heralded Pac NW ambient composer, amazing ephemera to choose from courtesy the RVNG peeps. THE HI RHYTHM SECTION - Tennie, Charles, and Leroy! An often hilarious feature by Jason Gross from Perfect Sound Forever. EDEL RODRIGUEZ – Contemporary Cuban-American graphic artist interviewed by Britt Daniel from Spoon – they’ve collaborated together. WEDNESDAY KNUDSEN – An overview of the work of this genius rural Massachusetts- based contemporary zone folk goddess, by Michelle Dove. ALPACA BROTHERS – In depth feature by Matt Goody (whose new book on Flying Nun’s history is a must). MATTHEW DICKMAN – The great skater poet and poet/skater, introduced by Alex Behr. CHARLES GILLAM SR – Gabe from Desert Island interviews the New Orleans-based music obsessive and folk artist. KING KONG – Former Homestead Records honcho Ken Katkin is here with ten trenchant observations on a reunion show by Louisville’s finest.