Maggot Brain is a full-color, quarterly magazine edited by noted Detroit scribe Mike McGonigal. Each issue is 100+ pages packed with phenomenal content—art, music, literature, unpublished archival material, and more—with a simple promise to only exist on the printed page.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: Cover boy HARRY SMITH shines thanks to a cheeky, never-before published photo by Allen Ginsberg. We celebrate the life and work of the self-described “ethnopharmacologist” just in time for the release of John Szwed’s illuminating biography and Smith’s first one-person art exhibition, at the Whitney
This issue includes features on:
Andy Beta on the reissue of a forgotten LOU REED record.
Excerpts from two revelatory works—ANDY ZAX’s Extinctophonics, and CHRISTINA WARD’s Holy Food.
Kathy Lindenmayer witnesses a show by BOYGENIUS.
An archival interview with fabric arts pioneer and Bauhaus OG, ANNI ALBERS.
An illustrated ADVANCE BASE tour diary by Owen Ashworth.
Tamara Palmer considers the oddball career arc of ORBITAL.
Andy Beta goes deep on TETSU INOUE. Nate Lippens goes off on RENE RICARD and other obsessions.