It is impossible to overstate the influence Creem has had on me. With articles as insightful as they were hilarious, letters to the editor with Lester Bangs responses, the photos, and photo captions themselves, Creem had more snark, humor, and rock and roll attitude than any other publication. Discovering its existence was like finding my tribe. While reading a Jaan Uhelszki piece on Led Zeppelin at age 14, I had an epiphany: this is what I want to do with my life. I want to write with all of the irreverence, wit, and shrewdness of the Creem staff. To this day, I try to incorporate their attitude into most everything I do. Without an adolescence filled with Creem, I would be a very different (and boring) person.