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Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – July 1977 (Volume 9, Number 2)

In the cover story of the July 1977 issue of Creem, Jaan Uhelszki covered Led Zeppelin during a typically frenzied U.S. tour. Robert Plant was teasingly roguish about his extracurricular activities, while Jimmy Page was a case study in aloofness. Retrospectively, it’s shocking that Zeppelin didn’t milk this cash cow into the ground after John Bonham died. You know, like every other rock band in the world. 

In “Rock ‘n’ Roll News,” seminal San Francisco punk rockers The Nuns received a mention, mainly for their name driven gimmick. Unfortunately, future Texas music scene legend Alejandro Escovedo wasn’t mentioned. It was also reported with “shock, horror” that Debbie Harry was – how could this be? – 31 YEARS OLD! 

Features: 

“Fleetwood Mac: Tune in For ‘As the Vinyl Spins’,” by Sally Rayl 

“Bob Seger Conquers the World (And About Time!),” by John Morthland 

“One More for the Road: Sodom & Gomorrah in a Suitcase,” Jaan Uhelszki on Led Zeppelin 

“A Million Dollars & A Holiday inn: Boston Learn to Be Stars,” by Toby Goldstein 

Sally Rayl caught Fleetwood Mac at the height of some of the band’s interrelationship romantic turmoil (which was downplayed by the band) and as “Rumours” was about to transform American popular music.  On a side note, I once wrote, “This band could probably identify each other’s DNA strands on flash cards” and I remain much too proud of that line. 

Bob Seger, as always, seemed like the cool guy next door who just happened to be an arena rock star. 

Quotable Quotes:   

Ronnie Spector at the end of a concert in Cleveland, “Thank you. I wish I could ball every boy in the audience.” 

Patti Smith on Southside Johnny, “They just play spaghetti blues.” 

Stevie Nicks, “I don’t EVEN like rock stars. I especially don’t like men rock ‘n’ roll stars, mainly because they’re just too egoed-out. And I DON’T need it.” 

Stevie Nicks, “We’re all aware that we’re not virtuosos and that the world will survive without Fleetwood Mac. We don’t take ourselves too terribly seriously because when you do, you start going down the tubes.” 

Bob Seger on the inspiration for “Night Moves,” “It was really a crazy affair. She ended up marrying somebody else, of course, and I think it was party because I didn’t have any confidence. I never did.” 

Bob Seger, at age 32, pondering his future, “Hopefully if I can continue to write meaningful songs to a degree, I think I’ll continue to do it…until I’m 33.” 

Robert Plant, “The lifestyle of rock ‘n’ roll is to live well and take a good woman.” 

Jaan Uhelszki, “Led Zeppelin have been around for nine years now, and I can’t help but wonder if part of their popularity is due to the fact that they’re the last of an era of cock rockers who play dirty and, if you’ll excuse the expression, ‘chauvinistic’ rock ‘n’ roll, fulfilling all those wild-hearted bad boy aggressions on stage that their audience only fantasize about.” 

Tom Scholz, “There isn’t anybody who’s put as much sweat and nervous breakdowns into what they’ve done as I did.” 

Summary:  Much fewer features than normal, but Jaan U. and Robert P. carried the day. 

Grade: B+  

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