Creem, publishing out of Detroit and claiming status of “America’s Only Rock ‘n Roll Magazine,” was a cultural force in music throughout the ’70s and into the ’80s. Creem covered harder-edged stuff, and largely stuck to music while the big dog Rolling Stone was exploring Hollywood, politics and culture. Creem was hip to the punk scene early — and may even have given the genre its name — devoting pages to the Ramones, Lou Reed, Blondie and the New York Dolls before more mainstream publications caught on, and thanks to the magazine’s Detroit location was especially plugged into the scene that gave us Iggy Pop, the MC5, and Alice Cooper. Creem was also the home of Lester Bangs — who’d been fired by Rolling Stone — for its first couple of years.
While Rolling Stone and the press in general tended to fawn over rock stars and celebrities — it’s part of the game a publications sometimes play to get access — Creem was irreverent, to say the least. Creem wasn’t afraid to chide artists when appropriate (especially in photo captions), and took a generally cynical stance toward the apparatus and machinery of celebrity.
On Friday, a documentary about Creem had its online premiere, and you can watch it. Visit creemmovie.com/tickets and choose a theater to support with your $9.99 ticket fee.