Third Man Records & Books is excited to announce Issue #4 of Maggot Brain, a full-color quarterly magazine containing over 100 pages packed with art, music, literature, interviews, and archival stories. The Mar/Apr/May issue is available now online via Third Man, as well as at their storefronts and select indie record and book stores, and yearly four-issue subscriptions can be purchased HERE.

Third Man is back with ink on paper and stoked to bring you a super-packed special issue of their arts and music quarterly Maggot Brain! For this cover story, Maggot Brain dives into Sun Ra and The Arkestra's visit to Istanbul, Turkey in 1990. The issue also features interviews with Luc Sante on 'Crawdaddy' magazine, comedy guru Tom Scharpling in advance of the publication of his moving and hilarious new autobio, a conversation between "Blue" Gene Tyranny and Peter Gordon conducted by Ned Sublette on their groundbreaking minimal-pop masterwork Trust in Rock, abstract paintings by Detroit's Kathy Leisen, photography by Michael Macioce, fiction by Mike Decapite, overviews of new music from David NancePatricia Brennan & Pharaoh Sanders and so much more. See below for an overview of the always thought-provoking content in the upcoming issue.


In this issue:
• LUC SANTE on 'Crawdaddy' magazine
·  Debut publication of often hilarious and always droll memoirs
by STUART MOXHAM (Young Marble Giants, Gist, solo, etc)
·  Murat Cem Mengüç' dramatic tale of when
SUN RA and the Arkestra visited Istanbul, Turkey in 1990
·  The fantastic and true story of electro-pop pioneer, runway model,
and Eve Babitz-ish character ANN STEEL, which has never fully been told before now
·  In conversation with comedy guru TOM SCHARPLING in advance
of the publication of his moving and hilarious new autobio
·  Archival interview by Steve Lafreniere with 'Honeymoon Killers' star SHIRLEY STOLER
·  Breathtakingly beautiful new abstract paintings from Detroit's KATHY LEISEN
·  Amazing sequential art by John Vasquez Mejias, Steve Krakow
(his top ten songs by THE FALL), Marc Bell, and Nathaniel Russell
·  AK DWANG CHIL's shamanistic Korean trad-pop by Jay Ruttenberg
·  Stunning photographs of downtown NYC musicians from the 1980s
and early 1990s by Shimmy-Disc's house photographer MICHAEL MACIOCE 
·  An amazing, lengthy conversation between 'BLUE' GENE TYRANNY (RIP)
and PETER GORDON conducted by no less than NED SUBLETTE
on their groundbreaking minimal-pop masterwork Trust in Rock!
·  Ephemera columns with lovely and rare punk badges and the story behind
the computer paper-printed lyric sheets you could send away for
in the early 1970s by the BLUE ÖYSTER CULT!
·  The punk kids who figured out how to make truly awesome VEGAN JERKY
·  Fiction by MIKE DECAPITE, a column by KARIMA WALKER, and even more, somehow


We love you and promise to never have a ‘real’ website. Long live print!

We miss cigar-smelling newsstands crammed with amazing publications from everywhere all at once. We miss Creem. We miss Ragtime Ephemeralist. We miss Spy. We miss NY Rocker. We miss weirdo newsprint thrust at us right by subway entrances. We miss Weirdo. We miss Locus Solus. We miss Off Our Backs. We miss Low Rider. We miss Kicks. We miss The Voice. We miss Motorbooty. We miss Avalanche. We miss Grand Royal. We miss Slash. We miss the Gentlewomen of California. We miss Raw. We miss being able to find stacks of old OzIt, or Black Panther newspapers in the back of that used bookstore in the strip mall. We miss the red and black. We miss the crowding into See Hear. We miss Index Magazine.

We miss anything that Joe Brainard did a cover for, that printed words by Lucy Lippard, that ran yet another bare-chested image of Iggy Pop, that told stories for no reason other than they must be told. And yeah, we are aware how cheesy that last bit sounds, but we are pretty much cool with being cheesy -- just look what the fuck kind of politics irony, disaffection, and that laziest vice of privilege have got us into.

And yes, you get it, we love print but we do not merely live in the past surrounded by the moldy old, really. We mean, fantagraphics is still publishing new issues of Love & Rockets, plus there is so much new stuff. From every single piece of paper at the Printed Matter Book Fair to the eight-colored silkscreen books of Le Dernier Cri, from your scrawled punk grad thesis ‘zines to the perfectly printed works of Eberhardt Press, there is still so much, and so much we do not know about being made now. And we still believe in the democratizing possibilities of the internet, despite its current state. We’re not luddites, but. Just please don’t ask us where our website is.

Over 100 pages packed with phenomenal content - art, music, literature, and unpublished archival stuff + more.