The documentary about the Detroit-founded rock 'n' roll magazine Creem is about to get wide release.
Premiered on the film festival circuit last year. "CREEM: America's Only Rock 'n' Roll Magazine" will be out July 17 for virtual cinema showings, and then on Aug. 31 for Video on Demand.
Directed by Scott Crawford, with a score by the MC5's Wayne Kramer, "CREEM" explores the history of the publication from its inception during the spring of 1969 in Detroit's Cass Corridor. A home for writers such as Lester Bangs, Dave Marsh and Cameron Crowe -- all of whom are featured in the movie -- Creem later moved to a farmhouse in Walled Lake and then to downtown Birmingham. It published until 1989 and ranked as one of America's most important music periodicals, setting standards for unique design and an irreverent attitude that countered the more serious nature of Rolling Stone and other competitors.
The film was the brainchild of J.J. Kramer, son of CREEM founders Barry and Connie Kramer. The Columbus, Ohio attorney launched a Kickstarter campaign during the summer of 2016 and worked steadily on the movie until its 2019 rollout.
"It's a living reminder of my dad, and I don't really have many memories of him -- and the memories I do have are intertwined with the magazine," Kramer, who was four years old when his father died, said at the time. "This is as close as I can come to having a cup of coffee with him."
In addition to former staffers, "Creem" features commentary and remembrances from musicians such as Kramer, Alice Cooper, Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons of Kiss, R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe, Peter Wolf, Metallica's Kirk Hammett and others.
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