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Creem: America's Only Rock 'N' Roll Magazine2020

Creem: America's Only Rock 'N' Roll Magazine (2020)

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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 -- spotlighting iconic features, interviews, and anecdotes along the way -- then bears witness to its imminent demise following the tragic and untimely deaths of its visionary publisher, Barry Kramer, and its most famous alum and genius clown prince, Lester Bangs, a year later. Fifty years after publishing its first issue, "America's Only Rock 'n' Roll Magazine" remains a seditious spirit in music and culture.

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Critic Reviews for Creem: America's Only Rock 'N' Roll Magazine

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Afforded insider access, Creem takes the opportunity to burnish the magazine's contribution to music journalism and rock 'n' roll culture.

August 11, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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That a new documentary about the people who wrote and published it is this close to a shambling mess is both appropriate and cheering.

August 9, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
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Yet "Creem..." does so little to showcase Creem's writing... that any viewer who hasn't read dozens of moldy back issues is left to wonder why anybody, inside or outside the magazine's office, would tolerate so much nonsense.

August 6, 2020 | Full Review…

Captures the irreverent energy perfectly.

August 6, 2020 | Full Review…

"Creem: America's Only Rock 'n' Roll Magazine" colorfully and convincingly makes the case for the magazine's lasting contributions, a sharp, hip piece of rock history told with the same kind of insolent wit that made Creem what it was.

August 6, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Future scholars looking into the cultural mindset of the mid-'70s need to make a Creem immersion their first step. Without it, they won't have a clue what young people were thinking.

August 5, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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