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Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – “The Best of Creem,” Spring 1977 

A Creem retrospective was released in the Spring of 1977 (costing two bucks at the newsstand instead of the usual one). The issue is a compilation of features and photos from the mid-1970s, highlighting the biggest rock acts of the era. The promises of “Super Color Photos! Outrageous Stories! Bizarre Trash!” are all completely fulfilled. 

So, of course, you get articles on the Stones, Lou Reed, Kiss, Led Zeppelin, etc. Pics include Flo and Eddie in the nude, Grace Slick flashing a photographer, Debbie Harry, Peter Frampton, et.al. Elton John contributed his Top 100 albums in early 1974, interestingly placing “Aftermath” above “Rubber Soul” and “Pet Sounds.” 

A “Creem of the Crop” article was “devoted to those who…stomped on, exploded or otherwise SHAPED the face of this decade’s music.” Showing their Detroit roots, two of the first three acts listed are Bob Seger and the MC5.  

Summary: This is the perfect, one shop stopping place for getting the pie-in-your-face aesthetic of mid-1970s Creem (even without the often hysterical Mail section). 

Grade: A 

Latest price on eBay: $29.99 to “Buy It Now.” 

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