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Tim Yohannan (August 15, 1945 - April 3, 1998), was the founder of Maximum Rocknroll, a radio show and fanzine documenting the punk subculture around the world. As the zine became popular and profitable, Yohannan donated those profits to zines and collectives, even as he continued blue-collar work in the Lawrence Hall of Science at University of California, Berkeley. He died of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
Also known as Tim Yo, he is remembered for popularizing "Punk Rock Infrastructure", essentially an informal ideal of necessary worldwide community among punks. He gathered a number of like-minded partisans for the burgeoning punk genre and established a number of collectives in the DIY spirit, such as 924 Gilman Street, Blacklist Mailorder, and the Epicenter Zone community center.
Yohannan helped to mold the early 1980s American punk scene and tied in various international punk scenes as well, documenting them in MRR Scene Reports. Yohannan was always mindful of the central conflict between punk rock's essentially ungovernable force and the apparent need for punk rock infrastructure. This conflict could be considered a sort of dualistic driving force which ensured his project's success.
As a self-appointed punks' herdsman, Yohannan had a reputation as being notoriously difficult. He was a hardened ideologue with a strong puritanical streak but also a sense of humor; he also had an extremely practical results focused side. So his projects[vague] arguably avoided the problems of some collective endeavors which get bogged down in debate. Instead, Yohannan would simply declare what he perceived as "right", and move forward.
Yohannan was also a 1960s counterculture-era leftist. Still, this ideological element created many rifts in the punk scene. His divisive personality was described in the NOFX song "I'm Telling Tim" in which if Tim found out you were doing things not in accordance to Tim's beliefs, you would get "ostracized like Lawrence" (Livermore).
Yohannan was known for wrapping the spines and edges of LPs from his personal collection with a distinctive opaque green tape. In the years before his death, he sold large chunks of his album collection to Amoeba Records in Berkeley, who merchandised them separately from other used LPs because the loosening tape would damage the covers of other records.
The band Green Day recorded the song "Platypus (I Hate You)" on their 1997 album Nimrod. The song does not directly mention Tim. However Billie Joe 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".[this quote needs a citation] Tim intensely disliked Green Day and believed their sound was "too pop" for the scene.
The band MDC recorded a tribute to Yohannan titled "Timmy Yo" on their 2004 studio album Magnus Dominus Corpus.