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Creem magazine documentary to premiere at South By Southwest festival

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

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A major part of Detroit music history will be part of this year's South By Southwest Film Festival.

"Boy Howdy! The Story of CREEM Magazine" will premiere at the festival during its run in mid-March. The film, documenting the iconic and irreverent music magazine, was directed by Scott Crawford and produced by J.J. Kramer, son of the late CREEM founder Barry Kramer. "Boy Howdy!" features interviews with magazine staffers throughout the years as well as with artist such as Bob Seger, Alice Cooper, the MC5's Wayne Kramer, Kiss' Paul Stanley, Iggy Pop, R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe, the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith, John Lydon of the Sex Pistols and PiL and many more.

Actual screening dates and other events at SXSW, which starts March 8 in Austin, Texas, have not yet been announced.

J.J. Kramer, now an attorney in Columbus, Ohio, launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the film during the summer of 2016 and has been working on it with director Crawford ever since, including filming in the Detroit area. "For me it represents a lot of different things," Kramer, who was four years old when his father died, said at the time. "It's a living reminder of my dad,a nd I don't really have many memories of him. And the memories I do have are intertwined with the magazine. This is as close as I can come to having a cup of coffee with him."

CREEM started with offices in Detroit's Cass Corridor and later moved to a farmhouse in Walled Lake and then to downtown Birmingham. It published from 1969-89 and ranked as one of America's most important music periodicals, showcasing legendary writers such as Lester Bangs and Dave Marsh and setting standards for unique design and an attitude that embraced the fun of rock 'n' roll.

More information about the film can be found at creemmagazinedoc.com.

Web Site: www.creemmagazinedoc.com

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