Tim Yohannan

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Tim Yohannan (August 15, 1945 – April 3, 1998), also known as Tim Yo, was the founder of Maximum Rocknroll , a radio show and fanzine documenting punk subculture. He also helped in establishing a number of DIY collectives, such as 924 Gilman Street, [1] Blacklist Mailorder, and the Epicenter Zone record store. [2] [3]



Yohannan was initially a 1960s counterculture-era leftist, before shifting this ideology to the punk scene. Issue 425 of Maximumrocknroll stated, "Tim Yo was a Marxist!" [4]

As a self-appointed "punks' herdsman", Yohannan had a reputation as being notoriously difficult. [5]

Yohannan died at 53 [2] on April 3, 1998 from complications from lymphatic cancer. [6]

The band Green Day recorded the song "Platypus (I Hate You)", "Take Back", and "Prosthetic Head" on their 1997 album Nimrod . The songs do not directly mention Yohannan. However, frontman Billie Joe Armstrong tweeted on February 17, 2011 (and deleted the tweet a few hours later), "Platypus was written for Tim Yohanon. And I pray to god I misspelled his name. Rest in shit you fucking cunt". [7] The song "Ha Ha You're Dead" from the band's album, Shenanigans , was also written about Yohannan after he died.

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  1. Seth Hindin, "Punk Publisher Tim Yohannan Dead At 52," Rolling Stone, April 7, 1998.
  2. 1 2 Sullivan, James. "Whats Shakin at Epicenter?". SF Weekly . Retrieved 5 September 2020.
  3. "EPICENTER ZONE - San francisco, California". Salespider.com. 7 January 2013. Retrieved 5 September 2020.
  4. MRR response to a letter signed from Ilja, Maximumrocknroll issue 425, page 8, October 2018
  5. "Bad Tase is in the Majority: Interview with Tim Yohannan and Jen Angel of Maximumrock'n'roll, Part 1," Archived 2012-03-20 at the Wayback Machine Razorcake, October 18, 2011.
  6. Gil Kaufman, "Punk ‘Zine Publisher Tim Yohannan Dead At 52: Maximumrocknroll Fostered Bay Area Punk-Rock Scene that Eventually Spawned Green Day and Rancid," MTV.com, April 6, 1998.
  7. Aska, "Song of the Week: 'Platypus (I Hate You),'" Green Day Authority, February 13, 2012.

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