If you’re of a certain vintage, CREEM was one of the music magazines you had to read. Based out of Detroit instead of in the usual media centres, CREEM looked at rock’n’roll with a sense of humour. It provided some important foundations of my musical education when I was but a young sprog.
Writers included Dave Marsh (credited with first using the phrase “punk rock” in a 1971 story), Lester Bangs, Robert Christgau, Cameron Crowe, Greil Marcus, Jaan Uhelski, and a ton of others. I actually believed them when they called it “American’s only rock’n’roll magazine.”
CREEM ceased publication for the first time in 1989. There was a brief resurrection in the 90s, but it didn’t last. And that was it, right?
Nope. And it started with this documentary.
Because the doc was so successful (and thanks to the resolution of some pesky litigation), a decision was made to relaunch CREEM not only as a website but as a quarterly magazine–as in a thing you hold in your hands.
The print edition–call it the collector’s item version of what’s on the website–will appear in September as a subscription-only thing. (There will be no newsstand sales; too expensive).
Meanwhile, I HIGHLY encourage you to check out the online archive that’s available for free with all 224 issues and 69,000 articles of the original magazine. Completely searchable, too. And it contains all the original ads from back in the day. That alone is worth the trip.