Creem Magazine continues to rock with the first issue in 33 years

“Rock is dead.” “Pressure too.”

So declares the cover of the first issue of Creem magazine in 33 years. The magazine – which once billed itself as “America’s only rock ‘n’ roll magazine” – was relaunched on Tuesday with an issue available online to subscribers. Subscribers also get a hard copy of the quarterly magazine for $79 per year.

Playing on the band’s name, Cream, the magazine was founded in 1969 by Barry Kramer, who grew out of a Detroit rock scene that included Iggy Pop, Alice Cooper, and Bob Seger. With plenty of attitude and irreverence, it helped launch the careers of rock stars like Robert Christgau, Cameron Crowe and the late, legendary Lester Bangs.

After Kramer died of an overdose in 1981, he ceded control of the magazine to him
4-year-old son JJ, who, as a pre-school child, bore the title “Chairman of the Board” in the imprint. But years after Kramer’s death, JJ’s mother sold the magazine. Now, JJ Kramer is finally back as Creem Chairman.

The new Cream magazine
The new Creem will be a quarterly magazine with digital and print editions.
Frank Zappa on a 1974 cover of Creem.
Frank Zappa was one of the iconic rock artists to be featured on the cover of Creem in the 1970s.

“I’ve really spent most of my adult life getting to this point,” Kramer told the Associated Press. “It’s something I felt I had to do. There’s a magnet that draws me to Creem. It’s almost like it’s so preordained that I couldn’t fight it.”

The first issue of the new Creem features cover art by Raymond Pettibon (whose artwork memorably graced the cover of Sonic Youth’s “Goo” LP), stories about everyone from The Who to younger rock acts like Viagra Boys, as well as Tracks about rap and R&B artists like Lil Aaron and KeiyaA. There is also a revival of the Creem feature “Stars Cars” with Slash.

Former Creem employee Jaan Uhelszki — who served as writer and producer on the documentary Creem: America’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll Magazine — is returning as the magazine’s editor. “It’s uncanny how much we were alike to our readers,” she told The Post in 2020. “We had nowhere else to go and letters to the editor had weird rock star fantasies.”

A story about The Who in the first issue of the new Creem magazine.
The first issue of the new Creem magazine features a story about The Who.

“Buying Creem was a bit like buying Playboy,” actor Jeff Daniels said in the documentary. “You didn’t want your parents to see any of them.”

Also in the documentary, Michael Stipe shared how “my whole life changed dramatically” after discovering Creem: “Most people want to belong somewhere. I wouldn’t find her in my high school. I found her in Cream magazine.”

https://nypost.com/2022/09/13/creem-magazine-rocks-on-with-first-issue-in-33-years/ Creem Magazine continues to rock with the first issue in 33 years

Emma Bowman

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