“Rock is lifeless.” “So is print.”

So declares the quilt of the first issue of Creem magazine in 33 years. The magazine — which as soon as famously billed itself as “America’s solely rock ‘n’ roll magazine” — relaunched Tuesday with an issue that’s available to subscribers online. For $79 a yr, subscribers may even be mailed a print version of the quarterly magazine.

Playing off the title of the band Cream, the magazine was based in 1969 by Barry Kramer, rising from a Detroit rock scene that included Iggy Pop, Alice Cooper and Bob Seger. With loads of perspective and irreverence, it helped launch the careers of such rock-star scribes as Robert Christgau, Cameron Crowe and the late, legendary Lester Bangs.

After Kramer died from an overdose in 1981, he left majority possession of the magazine to his
4-year-old son JJ, who had the title of “chairman of the board” in the masthead as a preschooler. But years after Kramer’s demise, JJ’s mom bought the magazine. Now JJ Kramer is lastly again as Creem chairman.

The new Creem magazine
The new Creem shall be a quarterly magazine with each digital and print editions.
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Frank Zappa on a 1974 cover of Creem.
Frank Zappa was one of many iconic rock artists featured on the quilt of Creem in the Seventies.

“I’ve actually spent most of my grownup life attempting to get up to now,” Kramer told the Associated Press. “It’s one thing I felt like I needed to do. There’s a magnet that pulls me to Creem. It’s nearly prefer it was predetermined in a manner that I couldn’t battle it.”

The first issue of the brand new Creem contains a cowl illustration by Raymond Pettibon (whose art work memorably graced the quilt of Sonic Youth’s “Goo” LP), tales on everybody from The Who to youthful rock acts equivalent to Viagra Boys, plus items on rap and R&B artists together with Lil Aaron and KeiyaA. There’s additionally a revival of the Creem characteristic “Stars Cars” with Slash.

Early Creem staffer Jaan Uhelszki — who served as a author and producer on the documentary “Creem: America’s Only Rock ’N’ Roll Magazine” — returns as editor of the magazine. “It’s uncanny how a lot we have been like our readers,” she told The Post in 2020. “We had no different place to go, and letters to the editor had bizarre rock-star fantasies.”

A story on the Who in the first issue of the new Creem magazine.
The first issue of the brand new Creem magazine contains a story on The Who.

“Buying Creem was just a little bit like shopping for Playboy,” actor Jeff Daniels mentioned in the documentary. “You didn’t need your mother and father seeing both of them.”

Also in the doc, Michael Stipe shared how “my whole life shifted dramatically” after discovering Creem: “Most individuals wish to match in someplace. I wasn’t gonna discover them in my highschool. I discovered them in Creem magazine.”

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