Creem Magazine is back in print and online after 33 years

Creem Magazine is back

The iconic, unfiltered and wickedly funny CREEM is back. Having ushered in a new era of raucous, participatory journalism when the magazine originally launched in 1969, its legendary voice is leading the movement once again. CREEM is launching a free digital archive with every single issue from its original 1969-1989 run available online for the first time ever, as well as a new editorial website and newsletter here. And coming this Fall, CREEM will return to print as an oversized subscription-only premium quarterly. Limited-time introductory rates are available here.

Founded in 1969 in Detroit, CREEM grew from an underground paper to a national powerhouse – an essential source of music journalism for 20 years and a touchstone for multiple generations. It reflected and shaped the culture, and cultivated some of the most legendary writing talents of the era.

Creem Magazine is back

The CREEM Archive is a time capsule of articles and ads as they originally appeared in print, with definitive writing by Lester Bangs, Cameron Crowe, Patti Smith, Greil Marcus, Lisa Robinson, Susan Whitall, Dave Marsh, Robert Christgau, Jaan Uhelszki and so many others, available online for the first time.

With 224 issues & 69,000 photosarticles and reviews, this archive release may be the most significant cache of rock ‘n’ roll history ever shared online at one time. Readers can access it via creem.com now with a 30-day free trial offer through August—afterward, it will be free with a print subscription. 

The new CREEM will cover multiple generations of innovative artists, championing the margins with contributors ranging from established writers and photographers to up-and-coming new voices. CREEM will embrace the best of rock ‘n’ roll – the biggest bands of all time and records no one has ever heard of, trusting their readers like no other. 

Creem.com is Fresh CREEM, a free weekly content package and newsletter for CREEM’s new music recommendations, columnists, and exclusive features on all eras of rock ‘n’ roll. This week at Fresh CREEM, meet Unity Maclean, the woman behind Led Zeppelin’s record label Swan Song. CREEM Profiles returns as a platform for spotlighting up-and-coming artists — first up is hardcore band Scowl, just off their surprising stint opening for Limp Bizkit. Remember Wheatus? CREEM found them at a chili festival in Atlantic City, as part of a new series on still-thriving bands who’ve fallen off the radar. Fresh CREEM will also have the first U.S. interview with Molchat Doma about leaving Belarus during the Russian invasion of Ukraine and a new column called “Fartworks” in which CREEM’s Dave Carnie critiques art by famous musicians like Paul Stanley.

The critically-acclaimed 2020 documentary CREEM: America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine earned praise everywhere from New York Times to CBS This Morning. Today, CREEM Entertainment is led by former VICE publisher John Martin as CEO, alongside Chairman JJ Kramer (son of original CREEM co-founder & publisher Barry Kramer), and original editor Jaan Uhelszki, one of the first women to work in rock journalism.

The new CREEM editorial staff includes VP of Content Fred Pessaro formerly of VICE’s Noisey, Executive Editor Dan Morrissey from Entertainment Weekly, and senior Editor Maria Sherman, following her work at NPR, Rolling Stone, BuzzFeed, Jezebel, Netflix, ELLE and her critically acclaimed book, LARGER THAN LIFE: A History of Boy Bands. Contributing Editor Dave Carnie has worked with Jackass, ESPN, Big Brotherand Penthouse. Photo Editor MattSalacuse has photographed everyone from Jay Z to Dimebag Darrell for EsquireXXL and beyond. Grace Scott joins as Associate Editor after her work with VICE & The Toronto Star, and Zachary Lipez as Editor at Large, following his work with PitchforkThe Washington Post & more.