Boy Howdy!

Boy Howdy! The Story of Creem: America's Only Rock'n'Roll Magazine

Creem Magazine got its start in Detroit, 1969

Creem Magazine got its start in Detroit, 1969

CREEM: America's Only Rock'n'Roll Magazine: a documentary in progress that explores the seminal music magazine from its 1969 launch in Detroit to the untimely death of its publisher Barry Kramer in 1981. Iggy Pop, MC5, Lou Reed, Television, Patti Smith, The Clash, Ramones, Alice Cooper, Cheap Trick, Television, Blondie, and NY Dolls were among the groundbreaking artists CREEM focused on while their newsstand rivals largely ignored them.

The film will assemble much of the original staff as well as many of the artists that appeared throughout the magazine—and will recount the ups and downs of running a successful, influential and respected music magazine for over a decade. Featuring writers like the late Lester Bangs, Robert Christgau, Greil Marcus, Lenny Kaye, Susan Whitall, Ben Edmonds, Patti Smith, Cameron Crowe, Dave Marsh, Rick Johnson, Jaan Uhelszki and others, CREEM was bold, raw and took no prisoners—and 40 years later, it remains a ubiquitous spirit in rock'n'roll. 

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