A documentary with some real Detroit attitude is ready to rock your living room.
“Creem: America’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll Magazine,” which tells the story of the irreverent Detroit-born mag that was just as rebellious as the musicians it covered, is available to rent starting Friday.
The film received its Michigan premiere on opening night of Freep Film Festival in 2019, drawing more than 1,000 people to the Fillmore Detroit, and went on to play film festivals around the country.
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Now, it’s receiving its wide national release through virtual screenings, including a partnership with Freep Film Festival, the documentary-focused event produced by the Detroit Free Press. Beginning Friday, you can rent it for $9.99 at creem.media/freepress.
A bloodshot rival to publications like Rolling Stone, Creem emerged from Detroit’s Cass Corridor in the late ’60s with a subversive, biting and often humorous approach to covering acts like Kiss, Alice Cooper, Iggy Pop, Bob Seger and Patti Smith.
The documentary, which the New York Times described as “spirited,” includes stars the magazine featured (Cooper, Gene Simmons, Peter Wolf) and musicians who were influenced by its approach (Michael Stipe of R.E.M., Kirk Hammett of Metallica, Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers). It’s a story rich with influential journalism, office backbiting, excessive partying and ultimately tragedy.