March 5, 1969

On this day in 1969, the magazine CREEM was published for the first time.

Created by Barry Kramer and founding editor Tony Reay as a monthly rock and roll publication, the infamous Lester Bangs would join the magazine’s team as editor in 1971.

CREEM magazine is responsible for two major labelings of genres in world music history, coining both the term ‘punk rock’, as well as ‘heavy metal’. The magazine had a short suspension in 1989, but was back on track and popular again in the early ’90s with the new ‘grunge’ movement rising.

While unable to come up with the date of their final issue, Raz Mataz  staff writer Caroline Chiasson has, in her private collection, a copy of when the band Hole graced the cover, so the magazine was in print in 1994. The internet provides us with two separate websites which are both promoting CREEM, one looking as we would expect. . . like a rock and roll magazine. . . and the other, sadly to say, has now opened and on its fifth issue. But that magazine is not about the music anymore, not at all. It’s about 12-year-old girls advertising silly over-priced clothing on snow-blindingly glossy pages. . . ugh!

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