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about creem magazine

In 1969, CREEM was launched in Detroit as a raw, unfiltered, unapologetic rock ‘n’ roll magazine, and ushered in a new era of raucous, participatory journalism. For two decades, the mag broke barriers, rattled cages, and connected people to music in a way that has never been replicated. After a cool 33-year hiatus, CREEM is risen.

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To celebrate the return of the magazine and launch of VMP Rock, the CREEM editors compiled a mix of VMP titles that speak to the legendary mag’s notorious past as well as its optimistic future. Plus, CREEM subscribers get 20% off this collection, now through July 20th!

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The music, then, was not neat, it was not orderly, it was not elegant. It was fierce: riding that beat, full of hard-won arrogance, love, and anger. Dylan wailed out his songs, attacking melody as if it were an obstacle, not a means, to feeling…this was rock ’n’ roll at its limits. - Greil Marcus, CREEM 1974
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A noticeable gray casts a shadow over the record, just Springsteen, his guitar, and an occasional harmonica–expressing his inner demons through a cast of bread basket Americana characters. It’s a lonesome record lined with just enough hope, or as Richard C. Walls puts it in CREEM’s original review of the album, “a reminder of human resiliency presented in a simple, unpretentious way.”
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'Jailbreak' broke Thin Lizzy in America, and in CREEM–hit track after hit track, and the undeniable hip of frontman Phil Lynott making them familiar faces in the pages of the magazine over the next few years. It’s a classic album of the era for a reason, with mid-70s anthems like “The Boys Are Back In Town” and the title track still maintaining their cool factor after all these years.
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“This is going to sound like a fan letter. But I can’t help it. When Aretha Franklin is at her best, I cannot imagine that anyone could be better. She purrs, shouts, croons, moans . . . every single emotion known to woman is contained within the several octaves that she has at her command,” - Lisa Robinson, CREEM 1970
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Despite fierce competition, Yeah Yeah Yeahs have maintained their status as great songwriters of their generation and Cool it Down is as vital as any entry they’ve had before. And we have a pretty good feeling that there is still a lot left in the tank.
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“Those off-key, out-of-tune, primitive screams and hyena gyrations still remain the purest form for expressing teenage desire and arrogance (from the Shadows of Knight to the MC5). The Runaways exist still in that tradition, but with a difference: they're younger, snottier, wilder, and more depraved, PLUS they're GIRLS.” - Robot A. Hull, CREEM 1976
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“I can’t think of any rock or jazz musician working anywhere, who has so effectively translated his personal tribulations into a carefully controlled yet shiveringly impassioned statement bespeaking not mere travail but self-transcendence.” - Lester Bangs, CREEM 1970
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With an R&B-influenced vocal delivery over dramatic and lush indie-leaning instrumentation, Farm to Table isn’t just the most interesting record of last year, it’s one of the best. Both familiar and wholly original, Bartees Strange’s genre-bending ride not only takes big chances but sticks the landing over and over again.

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Every CREEM subscription comes with access to the CREEM archive, home to hundreds of back issues featuring the best and most controversial rock journalism from the magazine’s original print run. That’s over 69,000 articles and reviews from legends like Lester Bangs, Cameron Crowe, Patti Smith, Greil Marcus, Jaan Uhelzski, and more.

Learn more about the return of America’s only rock ‘n’ roll magazine and subscribe at creem.com
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Every multi-month VMP Rock subscription is paired with America’s only rock ‘n’ roll magazine. Get the stories behind the music and discover new albums to grow your collection. New multi-month members signed up for VMP Rock will receive:

+ A free month of access to the CREEM digital archive (3, 6, 12-month membership)

+ A free print issue of CREEM, while supplies last (12-month membership only) 25% off an annual print subscription (12-month membership only)

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