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Sat Sep 3, 2022, 03:34 PM Sep 2022

Am I the only one old enough to remember Creem Magazine? (A rock saga) [View all]

Back in the day of Rolling Stone and National Lampoon there was one magazine I never did without. By 1972 Creem was the bastard stepbrother of RR and ran strictly rock and roll articles, interviews, and rock humor. I still have a couple issues laying around somewhere.

It's an interesting back story how the founder died of a drug overdose in '79 and left the magazine to his 4 year old preschool son. As guardian and self appointed CFO his widow sold the title in 1981. The son swore he'd get the magazine back one day... and he did..

That means it's back in print after 30+ years, but one has to subscribe at $79 for a year. No news stands (what's that?) or single issues That's four issues. Four. $20 each for a magazine about something fewer people care about anymore.

I'd have to be an idiot to pay that, even for the best rock & roll magazine ever. I'd have to be ridiculously starved for the nostalgia of an era when rock ruled and we was cool. It would take a complete disregard for the value of a dollar to cough up that much money for a format long ago put to rest.

I should be getting the first issue in a couple days, but I'm not lending them out anymore like I did with the last ones. I even got the tee shirt.


NEW YORK (AP) — Creem, which billed itself as “America’s only rock ‘n’ roll magazine” during two decades of existence that ended in 1989, is being revived this month.

The return is a remarkable story of persistence by J.J. Kramer, who was bequeathed the magazine at age 4 upon the death of his father, founder Barry Kramer. It will reappear during far different times, with a marketing plan that the late writer Lester Bangs or makers of the fake “Boy Howdy” beer could hardly conceive of.

The first new issue, a glossy quarterly, is due out in September and only available to people who spend $79 for a subscription.

Founded in Detroit, Creem was the impish, slightly rude younger brother of Rolling Stone. The name was an intentional misspelling of the rock band Cream, one of the first editor’s favorites.

Though known best for Motown soul, Detroit was also a rock ‘n’ roll hotbed with artists like MC5, Iggy Pop, Alice Cooper, Mitch Ryder and Bob Seger. Hard rocking bands, and then the onslaught of punk, provided the magazine’s backbone in its 1970s heyday.

Creem was an incubator of writing talent like Dave Marsh, Robert Christgau, Lisa Robinson, Cameron Crowe and Greil Marcus.

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I sure do remember it Johnny Diamond_Dog Sep 2022 #1
You Are Not The Only One ProfessorGAC Sep 2022 #2
I read them all. Today I read magazines like Goldmine, Prog, and Classic Rock. Midnight Writer Sep 2022 #6
I'll Have To Seek Those Out ProfessorGAC Sep 2022 #7
Check Loudersound.com for Prog and Classic Rock. Goldmine highplainsdem Sep 2022 #25
I forgot al about Circus! JohnnyRingo Sep 2022 #13
They Had Bowie & Mott On Several Covers ProfessorGAC Sep 2022 #15
Yeah sure, I remember it...... Jade Fox Sep 2022 #3
I was only 6 when it was last issued, Elessar Zappa Sep 2022 #4
Creem, Circus, Rolling Stone... onenote Sep 2022 #5
Hit Parader as well. maveric Sep 2022 #17
GUESS WHAT.........It's relaunching !!!!! GuppyGal Sep 2022 #8
Yes. JohnnyRingo Sep 2022 #12
I was a regular subscriber of Rolling Stone almost from the beginning FakeNoose Sep 2022 #9
I remember Creem, Mr.Bill Sep 2022 #20
Yes Thompson was a frequent contributor in the early/mid 70s FakeNoose Sep 2022 #21
I'm an almost lifetime subscriber. 25 years anyway. JohnnyRingo Sep 2022 #22
I remember Nictuku Sep 2022 #10
I remember DIG Magazine from the 50s. kskiska Sep 2022 #11
Wow! You win the old contest. JohnnyRingo Sep 2022 #14
I've already got one of those. kskiska Sep 2022 #24
We all do. JohnnyRingo Sep 2022 #28
Probably not. N/T Foolacious Sep 2022 #16
I remember them all! (Well, not Dig)... electric_blue68 Sep 2022 #18
I like to keep up with new music too. JohnnyRingo Sep 2022 #23
How cool, that you had illos and photos published! highplainsdem Sep 2022 #27
And wow look at that legacy of writers!... electric_blue68 Sep 2022 #19
Remember it. Bought a lot of issues, along with other music magazines, especially Rolling Stone. Did highplainsdem Sep 2022 #26
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