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Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – February 1976 (Volume 7, Number 9)

In the cover story of the February 1976 issue of Creem, author Jim Jerome explored the enigma that is Bob Dylan. Allen Ginsberg appeared repeatedly in the story, saying things like, “Dylan is now gathering all his sympathies together, exploring his Kingdom.” In a future generation, Ginsberg would have been Flavor Flav and Dylan would have been Chuck D.  

The other notable feature is Round 3 between Lou Reed and Lester Bangs (Bangs, “This is not Round Three”). Primarily, Lou rambled about the noisefest that is “Metal Machine Music,” asserting it was influenced by classical and avant-garde influences. Bangs concluded that Reed’s assertions about “layers-and-layers-of-sonic-frequencies concept…was only a speed trip in the first place.” However, the tone of the story is that Lou and Lester are relating to each other like old friends, instead of mean drunks. 


Chicago Is Revolting by Robert Duncan 

Ragtime Cowboy Bob (Dylan) on Thunder Road by Jim Jerome 

How to Succeed in Torture without Really Trying by Lester Bangs (Round 3 with Lou Reed) 

Wot, Me Worry? The ‘Oo Rock On by Roy Carr (Interviews with Keith Moon and Roger Daltrey) 

Roxy Music: All Dressed Up with Nowhere to Go by Lisa Robinson 

Rocky & Bullwinkle in Marin County by Jaan Uhelszki (Interviews with Crosby and Nash) 

In Roy Carr’s piece on the Who, Keith Moon seemed quite intent on keeping his hard partying reputation. Roger Daltrey said that the public spats between himself and Townshend had ultimately been healthy for the band. Nothing like a good poke in the eye to raise everyone’s spirits.  

Bryan Ferry appeared to be suffering from a bad case of Lead Singer’s Disease, complaining that he didn’t get enough credit for Roxy Music’s arrangements. However, sperm donor David Crosby comes across as surprisingly candid and likable in his interview with Jaan Uhelszki (“I don’t think I’m the best singer-songwriter or guitarist in the world. But what I do with (Nash) is good music and I’m proud of it”). 

My favorite “Rock ‘n’ Roll News” tidbit: “Expect a big Spring tour from the Eagles with all new material and a brand new stage show…NEW stage show? WHAT stage show???” 

Jim Dandy got his day in the sun as the Creem Dreem and, of course, he straddled a cannon.


Quotable Quotes:   

Bob Dylan, “I grew up listening to Hank Williams and Lefty Frizzell. I’ll never forget the sound of their voices comin’ in over the radio late at night. It is definitely part of my roots.” 

Dylan, “I tried to get rid of the burden of the Bob Dylan myth for a long time, because it IS a burden. Just ask anybody who is considered a star.” 

Lou Reed, “I’ve been rewriting the same song for a long time. Except my bullshit is worth most peoples’ diamonds.” 

Reed, “I’ve never made any bones about the fact that I take amphetamines.” 

Keith Moon, “Why don’t you switch that infernal machine off and let’s go have another drink.” 

David Crosby, “I can’t even look in the mirror without getting hysterical. You see there’s always this little guy standing there who looks like a pear with a brillo pad stuck on his head.” 

Lester Bangs on Patti Smith’s “Horses” album, “Patti’s music in its ultimate moments touches deep wellsprings of emotion that extremely few artists in rock or anywhere else are capable of reaching. It’s…a new Romanticism built upon the universal language of rock ‘n’ roll, an affirmation of life so total that, even in the graphic recognition of death, it sweeps your breath away.” 

Summary: Lester carries the day again, bantering with Lou and with his spot on review of “Horses.” 

Grade: A- 

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