Maxim W. Furek is among the first wave of regional Rock Journalists. He is founder of Timothy: Northeastern Pennsylvania’s First Music Publication, created “to promote Northeastern Pennsylvania’s musical talent,” and named after The Buoy’s “Timothy” (1971), at the time, the region’s most successful rock song. Curiously, through a strange sequence of events, Timothy Magazine evolved into the highly successful Pennsylvania Musician and Maryland Musician.
The cultishly popular Jordan Brothers from Frackville became the focus of Furek’s first book, The Jordan Brothers, a Musical Biography of Rock’s Fortunate Sons (1986). The Jordan’s were the first group to release “Gimme Some Lovin’” –written by England’s Spencer Davis Group. On November 12, 2011, Furek inducted the Jordan Brothers into the Schuylkill County Council of the Arts Hall of Fame.
In 2008 he published The Death Proclamation of Generation X: A Self-fulfilling Prophesy of Goth, Grunge and Heroin, investigating the connection between grunge music and heroin, and the origins of the opioid crisis and has been utilized as course material at Penn State University and College Misericordia.
Furek’s latest book, Sheppton: The Myth, Miracle and Music, (2015) explores the supernatural mythology surrounding the 1963 Sheppton mining disaster and has been popular within paranormal circles.
The author is a regular contributor to The Sober World and his column, “Cultural Trends,” appeared in Counselor, the Magazine for Addiction and Behavioral Professionals. He has written for numerous music publications and has crafted LP liner notes for rock groups Hybrid Ice and the Glass Prism.