BOY HOWDY! The Story OF Creem Magazine




PAM NASHEL LETO // Publicist




"CREEM Magazine is as important to whatever aesthetic punk had as anything." Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth)

 "I think for the writers of CREEM, they were artists. They were expressing themselves in very exotic ways." -Michael Stipe (REM)

 "The first time I ever heard the term "punk rock" was in the pages of CREEM Magazine." Keith Morris (Circle Jerks, Black Flag, Off!)

 "I lived and breathed by what was printed in CREEM Magazine." Kirk Hammett (Metallica)

For two decades, CREEM Magazine broke industry barriers, rattled the cages of artists and bands alike and informed readers about rock ‘n roll music in a way that hasn’t been replicated since. Barry Kramer first published CREEM in 1969, and his son JJ Kramer produced the documentary alongside Jaan Uhelszki and New Rose Films in 2019. The film is directed by Scott Crawford (who also directed the critically-acclaimed documentary Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington D.C.) and explores the magazine’s humble beginnings in Detroit’s Cass Corridor in the late 1960’s to becoming a national powerhouse publication. Later it takes viewers through the tragic and untimely death of its publisher Barry Kramer and its most famous alum Lester Bangs. CREEM’s newsroom could be as wild and unruly as the music it covered and the oftentimes controversial interviews it featured with artists like Iggy Pop, MC5, Lou Reid, J. Geils, Patti Smith, The Clash, Ramones, Alice Cooper, KISS, Cheap Trick, Blondie and many more.

SXSW Screenings:
March 10, 2019 - 8:00pm @ Alamo Lamar
March 14, 2019 - 11:30am @ Alamo Ritz
March 15, 2019 - 2:00pm @ Alamo Lamar

Freep Film Festival Opening Night

April 10th, 2019 - 7:00pm  @ The Fillmore Detroit, Detroit, MI

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

May 29, 2018 – 7:00pm @ Foster Theatre, Cleveland, OH

Levitation SXSW Presented by CREEM Magazine

March 14, 2019 @ Hotel Vegas, Austin, TX


 Founded in 1969, CREEM Magazine rose from the ashes of the Detroit riots and ushered in a new era of raucous participatory rock journalism. For nearly 20 years, the magazine served as the infamous, irreverent, wild-child alternative to publications like Rolling Stone, and the go-to source for authentic, fan-focused music journalism from legendary writers like Lester Bangs, Dave Marsh, and Patti Smith, that made CREEM ‘America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine.’

From the coining of phrases like ‘punk rock,’ to the early championing of bands like The Clash, Blondie, Elvis Costello, and Alice Cooper, the legacy of CREEM is one that runs deep with music fans and musicians alike. Now celebrating its 50th anniversary, CREEM and its iconic R. Crumb-drawn Boy Howdy! logo continue to serve as a renegade, uncompromising emblem of the rock ‘n’ roll spirit.