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Virtual Cinema: Creem: America's Only Rock 'n' Roll Magazine

Explores the seminal music magazine from its 1969 launch in Detroit to the untimely death of its publisher Barry Kramer in 1981.
(NR, 75 min.)

(A viewing link will be available the week of August 14th)

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. [Metacritic]

Starring: Jeff Ament, Lester Bangs, Alice Cooper
Director: Scott Crawford
Genre(s): Documentary, Music

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"Captures the irreverent energy perfectly."

— Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter

"Crawford's documentary celebrates the legacy of CREEM in all its dysfunctional glory, not only addressing but owning all the things about it that would never fly in 2020."

— Ed Masley, Arizona Republic

"A brief, careening survey through the publication's two-decade life and times, filled with colorful personalities and commentary. Vintage rock fans will be in (cough) high heaven."

— Dennis Harvey, Variety

"'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."

— Joel Selvin, San Francisco Chronicle