item details: Entire Issue
keywords: Eric Clapton, Leon Russell, Frankenstein, Mick Jagger, Cheech & Chong, Rick Wakeman, Frank Zappa, Elton John, Blue Oyster Cult
Creem (which is always capitalized in print as CREEM despite the magazine's masthead appearing in lower case letters), "America's Only Rock 'n' Roll Magazine," was a monthly rock 'n' roll publication first published in March 1969 by Barry Kramer and founding editor Tony Reay. It suspended production in 1989 but received a short-lived renaissance in the early 1990s as a glossy tabloid. Lester Bangs, often cited as "America's Greatest Rock Critic," became editor in 1971. The term "punk rock" coined by the magazine in May 1971 in Dave Marsh's Looney Tunes column about Question Mark & the Mysterians. The same issue introduced "heavy metal" as the name of a genre in a review of Sir Lord Baltimore by "Metal" Mike Saunders.
In the winter of 1969, Barry Kramer owned the Detroit record store Full Circle as well as Mixed Media, a head shop/book store and was an unsuccessful concert promoter and band manager. In a fit of pique at the local alternative paper rejecting his concert review, he decided to publish his own paper. Tony Reay, a clerk at the record store, became the first editor, naming the paper after his favorite band.