Creem: America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine

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Creem: America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine


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Capturing the messy upheaval of the ’70s just as rock was re-inventing itself, the film explores CREEM Magazine’s humble beginnings in post-riot Detroit, follows its upward trajectory from underground paper to national powerhouse. The magazine was rocked by tragedy, including the untimely deaths of its visionary publisher, Barry Kramer, and its most famous alum and genius clown prince, Lester Bangs, accelerating its demise. Yet today — fifty years after publishing its first issue — “America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine” remains a seditious spirit in music and culture. NR, 75 min.

"[I]ts anarchic attitude and early embrace of new wave and punk inspired future musicians like Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore, Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament and Metallica’s Kirk Hammett, who all appear in the film." The New York Times