Capturing the messy upheaval of the ’70s just as rock was re-inventing itself, the film explores Creem magazine’s humble beginnings in post-riot Detroit and follows its upward trajectory from underground paper to national powerhouse — spotlighting iconic features, interviews and anecdotes along the way. Director Scott Crawford then recounts its imminent demise following the tragic and untimely deaths of its visionary publisher, Barry Kramer, and its most famous alum and genius clown prince, Lester Bangs, a year later. Fifty years after publishing its first issue, “America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine” remains a seditious spirit in music and culture. Michigan premiere.

Opening night

Doors open for VIP at 6 p.m.
VIP reception at 6:30 p.m.
General admission doors: 7 p.m.,
film at 8 p.m.
Wed., April 10

The Fillmore Detroit

General admission $25
VIP $55


9:30 p.m. Fri., April 12
Emagine Royal Oak

8 p.m. Sat., April 13
Marvin and Betty Danto
Lecture Hall at the DIA