Mike's Open Road

MIKE THORNE

Coordinator
Maximumrocknroll Magazine

“I've never understood the American psyche of when you're eighteen years old, you have to decide what you're going to do for the rest of your life.”

INTERESTS:

Journalism Music Writing

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Culture Family Fulfillment Individualism Passion Pressure Transitions

TAGS:

bands, career, independent, independent music, lifestyle, money, music, punk music, travel, underground

BIOGRAPHY:

"To me, it's not a living but it's a life. I don't give a s*** about making a career." Mike Thorne is the coordinator of Maximum Rock ‘N' Roll Magazine, a publication dedicated to the coverage of completely independent punk-rock bands. Mike, who has played and toured across America and Europe in punk bands, started the magazine when he noticed a lack of coverage for underground, independent punk. "The thing is with punk, especially with real punk, like punk that's independent and underground punk, there's no one to write about it. I think if people from Maximum Rock 'N' Roll [...] weren't writing about these bands, than no one would, and that's why I view this as being important." What do his parents think? "My parents didn't and still don't get it. They want me to get a real job; although, I kind of feel like I have a real job because I work around sixty hours a week. [...] My dad is still waiting for my punk phase to end." Despite a lack of parental approval, Mike pursued his passion and, although his company is no Rolling Stone, it is successful. And success, for Mike, isn't money, it's about underground punk-music. "Maximum right now has an amazing space and it's really nice, but honestly, if we were doing this in a warehouse and I was sleeping on a dirty mattress on the floor, I'd still be doing this."

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