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Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – October 1978 (Volume 10, Number 5) 

Bruce Springsteen, touring to support the “Darkness on the Edge of Town” album, was featured on the cover of the October 1978 issue of Creem. The cover article is a long piece by Robert Duncan and perhaps his best work for the magazine. Duncan and Springsteen had a good rapport, resulting in serious questions and thoughtful answers. Duncan also provided his own insights into the “Darkness” album and Springsteen’s live show. The author begins and ends the article with a hysterical encounter with a New Orleans record shop owner. There’s also a fine cameo from Ernie K. Doe.

In “Rock ‘n’ Roll News” we learned that Ian Dury had been arrested in England after kicking a cop proving the disabled are quite as capable of kicking cops as any of us. Bob Seger had a better rock star experience. In Columbus, Ohio, when he sang the “Night Moves” line “She had points of her own, way up high,” eight ladies in the front row bared their “bazooms.”

In one of my favorite “Stars Cars” photos, George Clinton posed by a garbage truck, holding a broom like it was a guitar. Also, Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen sent the magazine a postcard from…where else…Tokyo.

Features:

“Starship Disaster! Grace Slick Quits! Crowd Destroys Kits! Band Has Fits! Story & Pix!,” by Andy McConnell

“Todd Rundgren Meets Captain Video: Channel Master Comes Along for the Ride,” by Kevin Doyle

“Lawdamercy, Springsteen Saves! Testimony from the Howling Dog Choir,” by Robert Duncan

“The Kinks Live from Survival Central,” by Michael Davis

“Tramping the Celt Bel with Thin Lizzy,” by Richard Riegel

Andy McConnell was touring Germany with Jefferson Starship and had a ringside seat at some pretty heavy drama. The story includes an off stage fistfight, an audience riot that resulted in almost all the band’s gear being destroyed, and Slick giving a train wreck performance that lead to her leaving the band. This is a must read.

Kevin Doyle caught Todd Rundgren on one of his particularly articulate and relaxed days, making for a fine interview. Richard Riegel, who had generally been writing record reviews up to this point, went to England to catch a triumphant Thin Lizzy performing two shows at Wembley Stadium. Riegel left the U.K. both impressed by the band and by Phil Lynott’s empathetic spirit.

Quotable Quotes:

Allen Clarke, “With the Hollies it was like dying a slow death. I hate to say that, but it’s the truth.”

Grace Slick, “I’m fed up with rehashing the Sixties. I’m fed up with all the cock-bitchery in this band.”

Paul Kanter, “We can’t play (without Grace). It would be like the Stones without Jagger.”

Todd Rundgren, “I don’t operate out of a total awareness of the commercial market. I’m just trying to do things in a musical sense, not in a commercial sense.”

Rundgren, “A lot of Broadway music is really low level, and that’s the thing I have the hardest time writing now.”

Rundgren, “Music is very ‘establishment’ at this point. It doesn’t represent the disenfranchised at all.”

Bruce Springsteen, “You can’t save everybody, but you gotta try.”

Richard Riegel on a Thin Lizzy soundcheck, “At the climax of a particularly epic jam, Lynott grins at Brian Robertson, and they spontaneously break into the touchstone riff from the Kinks’ ‘All Day and All of the Night.’ I’m ready to weep with joy. Ah, this England, this mother of guitarists.”

Billy Altman on Benny Mardones’ “Thank God for Girls” album, “An album of love songs by a singer/songwriter who is indeed very much in love – with himself…I think I’ll keep this one; it’ll help explain women’s lib to my grandchildren.”

Summary: The pieces on Jefferson Starship and Springsteen are wildly different in tone, as dictated by their individual circumstances, but both are essential reading

Grade: A

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