Creem Magazine is relaunched and ready to offend

In his last piece for the Voice of the village, Katherine Turman reports on the revival of 1970s Creem magazine, a relentless spokesperson for the rock ‘n’ roll generation led by gonzo rock writer Lester Bangs. In its revival, will Creem prove to be the antidote to the “relentless and ridiculous positivity” of today’s critic culture?

“Old school readers of the Detroit race Cream are skeptical but hopeful,” writes Turman. “The publication online on June 1 of the magazine’s entire archives (224 issues, 69,000 photos) reminded music lovers that, yes, Cream was as good as its shamelessly self-referential (and reverential) bragging – which sets the bar pretty high for new content under the ethos of honest, heartfelt rock criticism. (I don’t know if there was actually an official founding creed, beyond mascot R. Crumb’s ubiquitous “Boy Howdy!” I think of it like the succinctly stated maxim of Viv Savage in spinal valve: ‘Have fun. All the time.’)”

Read the full article on Village Voice here.

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