I grew up in a small town in Arkansas and first read "Rolling Stone" as a teenager. I discovered Creem through my love of Cheap Trick and it became my monthly bible. I would almost literally memorize every article and review. It opened up a new world to me, the combination of intelligence and humor and irreverence would significantly impact my world view. Creem was simultaneously thought provoking and hysterical. During the 1980s, I started corresponding with John Mendelssohn and Richard Riegel. They were not only top notch rock critics/observers of popular culture, but they became good friends.
Due to the magic of the internet, I have corresponded frequently with former Creem editors and freelance contributors. I currently write for Iman Lababedi's Rock NYC Live and Recorded website. John Mendelssohn has designed covers for my self published books.
Creem became a part of my DNA at a young age and has never left me. My life is infinitely richer due to the no holds barred critical perspective of the magazine. It was a place to simultaneously learn that nothing was sacred in pop music but, the glory of love, as Lou Reed might say, could enrich us all.