Farmington resident helps bring CREEM doc to life

Boy Howdy! The Story of CREEM MagazineA Farmington resident’s crowdfunding consulting firm will help tell the story of a popular rock ‘n’ roll magazine, which was based in Detroit.

Woodshed Agency founded by Jeff “fuzzy” Wenzel, is working with New Rose Films on “Boy Howdy! The Story of CREEM: America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine.” The documentary film is being made in cooperation with the estate of Barry Kramer, CREEM’s founder and publisher. Kramer’s son, J.J., will be a producer and primary member of the production team.

“This is a story that I’ve wanted to tell my entire life,” Kramer said. “CREEM is more than a magazine, it’s a living reminder of my father and his legacy. Preserving that legacy has been a long, winding, journey.”

According to a press release, the film explores the irreverent rock’ n ‘roll magazine’s heyday, from its 1969 launch to its subsequent rise as one of America’s most popular music periodicals. Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, Patti Smith, The Clash, Ramones, Alice Cooper, and NY Dolls were among the groundbreaking artists CREEM focused on, while their newsstand rivals largely ignored them.

CREEM was also a launch pad for writers and photographers who later went on to stellar careers in their own right, including Lester Bangs, Dave Marsh, Jaan Uhelszki, Greil Marcus, Lenny Kaye, Patti Smith, Robert Christgau, Lenny Kaye, Bob Gruen, Cameron Crowe, Charles Auringer, Susan Whitall, Ben Edmonds, and many others.

Scott Crawford—whose debut “Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington, DC” garnered rave reviews from music and film critics alike–will write and direct a film that will capture the early days at CREEM, while unfolding a very personal story of the late Barry Kramer for his son.

“Scott is a talented storyteller and a champion of independent culture,” Kramer said. “The early days at CREEM were lightning in a bottle: the right people, the right place, the right time. I can’t think of anyone better to tell the story of the ragtag group of kids from Detroit who banded together, took no prisoners, and forever changed rock n’ roll. Their story deserves to be told – the right way, by the right person.”

Plans include a Kickstarter campaign and a subsequent Winter 2017 release. Follow the project at creemmagazinedoc.com or at facebook.com/creemmagazinedocfilm.

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