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CREEM: America's Only Rock 'N' Roll Magazine Hardcover – October 23, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Collins Living; 1 edition (November 6, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061374563
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061374562
  • Product Dimensions: 11.9 x 9.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,001,332 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Robert Matheu cofounded CREEM Media Inc. in 2001. He has been a rock photographer since his early teens in Detroit and originally began working with CREEM magazine while he was still in college. He has worked for Playboy, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, and Mojo. His photos have graced more than 100 album covers and countless magazine covers around the world.

Customer Reviews

A great book that we are really enjoying.
Linda Melia
The great thing about the magazine was, even if you sometimes didn't care for the bands they did stories on, the writing was fun and stood on it's own merit.
D. Orbach
I read Creem for the crazy writers like Lester Bangs etc. who were at the hub of punk with the CBGB's crowd of the mid to late '70's.
William S. Key

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36 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Philip S. Wolf on January 29, 2008
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Back in the mid-seventies, along with (that "other' rock magazine) Circus, I was an avid reader of: Creem. What set this magazine apart from everything else on the newstands was that Creem was only about rock music, no social commentary or politics like: "Rolling Stone". And while "Circus" was fairly straight journalism, this Mag: Creem. never ever took itself very serious. This rag was fun to read, and contained some really cool photographs of the good, the bad and the ugly. It was a: "Must-Read." And as a source for information on rock music and the wild lifestyle of the artists involved, this publication was second To none.

So, I had very high expectations about this book going in. Well, the major problem I have with this book is that it only scratches the surface of what this magazine was REALLY about. I don't agree with the book's editors, and why this was put together in this form. Again, Creem was: "Low-Brow" entertainment, and that is why that it is remembered so fondly today. But still, this book (in spots) does give you that creemy feeling that made this rag so special. Grace Slick, shows that wonderful breast and Joe Perry has wrecked his Corvette, that is what this magazine was all about. We need more totaled cars & cool breasts...That WAS Creem.

I can remember so much from the over 100 issues that I collected. But, I just didn't find enough great "Boy Howdy" in the pages of this book. This volume is good, but it could have been great. It would take set of books of this size, (at least 10) to bring back Creem for the children of the 21st century in the proper manner. The spirit of Creem was larger than this book would lead you to believe.
I need more Creem....Please!!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By The Recordchanger on February 2, 2008
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This coffee table version of Creem magazine is nicely done in that it gives those unfamiliar with the magazine a taste of what it must've been like. I read every issue of Creem from about 1973 until its demise, and as much as I enjoyed reading this, there is an enormous amount of great stuff missing. So consider this book a primer. What's here is great fun, and provides some laughs and some terrific reading as well. But if there's some enterprising publisher out there who really wants to take it to another level, how about a Creem book that collects the best journalism the magazine had to offer? You won't find the record reviews here (many of which are the stuff of legend). Also missing are regular columns like Letter From Britain, Unsung Heroes of Rock 'N' Roll, Juke Box Jury, Eleganza, Confessions of a Film Fox and many more. Of course it wouldn't have all fit. But too much is missing for this to be the definitive treatment of the magazine. All I know for certain is that if I had an unread Creem, Rolling Stone, Crawdaddy, NY Rocker, Circus, Hit Parader and Trouser Press sitting on the table unread it was always Creem I reached for first. More than any of the others, it shaped what I was listening to, and gave a voice to the rebelliousness and restlessness I was feeling. And it did that while making me laugh. For my money it was the best of a classic bunch of rock magazines from an age we shall not see again. So buy a copy of this. Maybe if it sells enough we'll get the sequel.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By H. Coffill on December 7, 2007
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Certainly a different flavor of magazine for those whose knowledge of R n' R begins and ends with Rolling Stone.

A "Can't go wrong" book for a R n' R fan.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By D. Orbach on November 19, 2007
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Forget Rolling Stone. That rag hasn't been relevant since long before Creem ceased publication. Here is America's Only Rock and Roll Magazine in it's glory. Creem embodied rock and roll a helluva lot more than some of the corporate rock that they covered back when I read it in the late 1970s. The great thing about the magazine was, even if you sometimes didn't care for the bands they did stories on, the writing was fun and stood on it's own merit. Complaints about the band's represented here are misguided. The magazine itself was the star! Youth culture will never again be as innocent, or as powerful as it was during Creem's glory years. If you weren't there to experience it firsthand, this anthology will give you a pretty good indication of what you missed out on.
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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Anne Marie Nichols on November 28, 2007
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For years I had been looking for cheap back issues of Creem, the ones I read back in the late '70s and early '80s as a preteen and teen. You see, I totally blame Creem for my love of the Clash, the Pretenders, Cheap Trick, Blondie, Tom Petty, and Springsteen.

They were soundtrack of my high school years. I used Creem's reviews to decide whether to use my hard earned $5 to buy the GenX album or the Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker's second one. (I bought Tom Petty, which I still think was a good choice.)

So I was excited to see a picture of the book last weekend in the Rocky Mountain News and quickly rushed out to a local bookstore with a holiday discount coupon to get it.

I wasn't disappointed. There were so many interviews, pictures and "Star's Cars" ads that I remembered. And some I had no idea they did, like Adam Ant and Duran Duran. (I must have missed those issues because I loved those bands.)

It was wonderful to see the early interviews with Iggy Pop, more on the history of Detroit bands like MC5, and Androgyny in Rock - all articles that were written before I became a Creem devotee.

But I do remember that Pretenders interview - Boy Howdy! And the Clash one too. (It would have been interesting to see later Clash interviews when they acted nice about being in the U.S. and interviewed by Creem.)

But there was so much that they had to leave out - oodles of BackStage pages (which totally went over my head as a teen), an interview with a slightly drunk (off two beers) Springsteen, interviews with Cheap Trick, the Ramones, Tom Petty, et al.

GIMMEE MORE!

I just hope that Creem is successful enough with this book to release another volume or two. I guess I'll have to read 'em online. An all Bruce Springsteen issue or a New Wave/Punk issue would be great, too.

And yes, if you have old issues of Creem in the garage, give me a call.
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