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50 Years of CREEM Magazine

120 minsFirst aired 22 May 2019
Courtesy of Jaan Uhelszki

Live from Detroit: Former CREEM staffer and veteran music journalist Jaan Uhelszki remembers the Motor City’s iconoclastic rock rag.

In 1969, publisher Barry Kramer created CREEM, a rock & roll magazine both populist and subversive, throwing up a soot-covered middle finger to hype-driven, artist-enamored, coast-centric music journalism. CREEM lived and breathed rock & roll, championing Detroit bands others wouldn’t touch, like the MC5, the Stooges, Alice Cooper and KISS; its writers and editors included era-defining music critics such as Lester Bangs, Dave Marsh, Greil Marcus, Robert Christgau, Patti Smith and Cameron Crowe (who went on to portray the time period in his movie, Almost Famous). On today’s show, we pay tribute to CREEM (which folded in 1989) in words and song. Vivian is joined by veteran journalist Jaan Uhelszki – one of CREEM‘s founding editors and the co-producer of the CREEM documentary, Boy Howdy! – to talk about wild rock ‘n’ roll antics, salt-of-the-earth ethos and gnarly times that defined CREEM‘s heyday, plus we’ll hear some real Detroit rock & roll from Iggy Pop, Death, MC5… and of course the band Cream.


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