Founded in 1969 Detroit, CREEM grew from underground paper to national powerhouse - an essential source of music journalism for twenty years. It reflected and shaped the culture, cultivating some of the most legendary writing talent of the era: Lester Bangs, Cameron Crowe, Patti Smith, Robert Christgau and Jaan Uhelszki, who now returns as editor. The magazine’s original rise and fall is chronicled in the critically-acclaimed 2020 documentary CREEM: America's Only Rock 'n' Roll Magazine, which earned praise everywhere from The New York Times to CBS This Morning.
Today, CREEM Entertainment is led by former VICE publisher John Martin as CEO, alongside Chairman JJ Kramer (son of original CREEM co-founder & publisher Barry Kramer). In addition to Uhelszki, the new CREEM editorial staff includes VP of Content Fred Pessaro formerly of VICE’s Noisey and Executive Editor Dan Morrissey from Entertainment Weekly. Editorial advisor Dave Carnie has worked with Jackass, ESPN, Big Brother, and Penthouse. Grace Scott joined as Associate Editor after her work with VICE & The Toronto Star, and Zachary Lipez as Editor at Large, following his work with Pitchfork, The Washington Post and others. This fall, CREEM welcomed Stephanie Augello as Photo Editor. Augello is an entertainment photographer and editor who has worked with Live Nation, Shutterstock Editorial, and ABC.
CREEM Issue #003 Table of Contents:
The Fifth Horseman
How to party your way into signing Metallica.
By Howie Abrams
Ride or Die
Into the darkness with Weyes Blood.
By Gracie Hadland
Billy Corgan Gives Good Zoom
A conversation about Atum, the Smashing Pumpkins’ three-way album.
By Jaan Uhelszki
End of the Road
Stricken with a rare disease, Peter Frampton may have played his final tour. Do you feel like we do?
By Jeff Slate
Andreia Lemos’ surreal portraits aren’t an LSD flashback, we promise.
The slippery business of super-fucked-up record covers.
By Sam McPheeters
Tom Waits for No One
A musician’s attempt at understanding Ol’ Raspy and his annoying fans.
By Hether Fortune
The Best Boy Band Ever
Botch are back. Let the trolling begin.
By Fred Pessaro
Eleganza: The Big HA!
Clowncore is more than just the latest strange trend in music and fashion—it’s a lifestyle.
By Leah Mandel
Don’t Look Back in Anger
Remembering Britpop, the genre that was super into remembering stuff.
By Zachary Lipez
You Are What You Eat!
Tchotchke make power pop that’s as charming as a cute, small, decorative object...what are those called again?
By Grace Scott
Only Punks Are Pretty
An intimate look at decades of underground music.
Words and photos by Martin Sorrondeguy
CREEM Dreem: Hurray for the Riff Raff
Road Trippin’ with Joey Santiago
Stars Cars: Ty Segall
Born to Booze
Greetings From Detroit
CREEM Profiles: Katy Kirby