“BOY HOWDY! The Story of CREEM Magazine” is 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, Bob Seger, 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 pull back the curtain on CREEM’s newsroom (which could be as wild an unruly as the music it covered), as well as the sometimes larger-than-life personalities of the magazine’s staff and their relationships to the artists they covered. 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 almost 50 years later, it remains a ubiquitous spirit in rock’n’roll.