Creem: 1968-88; 1990-94.This legendary rock publication was founded and published by Barry Kramer in a suburb of Detroit, Michigan. Creem set out to cover the music and cultural scene with style and distinction. It succeeded. Creem certainly had the cream of the country's rock writers (...) Barry Kramer published Creem until his death in 1981. (...) In 1982, it was sold to another company in Los Angeles. It continued to be a fine magazine, but was never quite the same again. In 1988, Creem ceased publication. It was revived for about 18 months by a new company, Alternative Media, in August of 1990. Over the years, Creem put out scores of special issues and spinoffs, including: Creem Close-Up, Creem Presents, Creem Special Edition, and Creem Rock Shots. (CBub)
In the beginning Creem was a tabloid-sized newspaper distributed only in Detroit. Within two years Creem had become a glossy color magazine, sized for newsstand distribution, and secured a national distribution deal. (Many Fantastic Colors)

1969 May

Vol. 2 No. 1


We have pictures of only some pages from this early Creem issue and it is not clear, what Mothers' content - mentioned on the cover page - it contained. Straight label full-page ad for sure, maybe the 3rd page displayed with the next issue below, maybe something more.

Worthpoint: [Two parts of the vol. 2 #1 issue.] Both say Volume 2, # 1 on the covers, but are totally different. The issue on the left with Pete Townsend on the cover has a masthead, but the other one does not. The issue on the left is mostly devoted to artists who will appearing at the 1st Annual Detroit Rock & Roll Revival on May 31st, 1969. It also has the schedule on the inside front page. The other issue is mostly record company ads (like the Straight Records and Velvet Underground ads), and local Detroit events and businesses.  

Source: Worthpoint


1969 June

Vol. 2 No. 2


Uncle Meat
By Richard C. Walls, pp 4-5

“Uncle Meat” is a collage, devoid of logic or even free associations in the order of the different “songs”. And it is perfect (protean non-structure at its zenith). (read more)

Note. The Steve Hecht collection had three Creem pages. It is not known from which Creem issue the 3rd page (page 22) is taken. Maybe from the previous May issue, vol.2 no.1?

Source: Steve Hecht collection


1972 February

Vol. 3 No. 9


200 Motels: What's The Deal?
By Rick Bolsom, pp 44-48

“What’s the deal?” Somebody gave weird old Frank Zappa a bunch of money to make a moving picture. Is that just like years ago when somebody gave Zappa a smaller bunch of money to make records? Well, sort of similar. (read more)



1974 August

Vol. 6 No. 3


Apostrophe (review)
By Richard C. Walls, pp 71-72

Source: slime.oofytv.set


1974 September

Vol. 6 No. 4


Frank Zappa Doin' The Hand Jive
Photos by Emerson Loew, pp 46-47

No, this isn't the newest dance craze. This is our boy Frank Zappa demonstrating the tricks of his trade. It may look like monkeyshines, but how would you like to be responsible for riding herd on a pack of mangy instrumentalists, each hot to solo his grand wazoo off given half a chance? You'd have to keep a firm hand, and that's what Frank demonstrates here in ten freeze frames, each commemorating one of his years in the business and immortalizing his distinctive brand of body language. Some say the hand is quicker then the eye, but our photographers disproved that old axiom and caught Frank in his famous fickle fingers act. So the old fart decided to fess up and tell us what all the hand jive means.

Source: The Waldo Scrapbooks


1974 December

Vol. 6 No. 7


Frank Zappa vs. The Tooth Fairy:
It happened in the Hollywood Hills

nolo contendre by Ed Naha, pp 38-41, 76-77

Ten Years With The Mothers
pp 42-43

The living room could be anyone's. A cheerful, grey-haired grandmother tries to coax her tiny grandson into a state of slumber. An older blonde boy sprawls on the couch and watches a re-run of Hee-Haw. Upstairs, a little girl patters about unseen. It's Los Angeles' answer to suburban Long Island. I sit in the corner, loading my tape recorder, awaiting the subject of this interview. Ozzie Nelson? Glen Campbell? Gerry Ford?

Nope. Frank Zappa.

As I slide the tape cartridge into the sputtering Sony, I try to envision Zappa's entrance. This has to be some sort of set up. Being a fan of Frank's for ten years, I just KNOW he'll do something bizarre. Maybe he'll throw up on the carpet. Or carry in a large stuffed giraffe with a likeness of Jimmy Carl Black strapped on its back. Or burn a carrot on a cross. (read more)


1975 September

Vol. 7 No. 4


One Size Fits All
By Lester Bangs, pp 65-66

Frank Zappa is incapable of writing a solid, memorable, hummable pop/rock melody; the kind of melody with a hook that sticks in your mind so well it may overstay itself and become obnoxious. (read more)


Source: Fulvio Fiore


1976 January

Vol. 7 No. 10


Penguins In Bondage. Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart
By Robot A. Hull, pp 24, 72

The radio programmer has his nose pressed flat against the glass which separates his padded cell from our studio recording booth. Kids are wandering outside our room, waiting for the release of Captain Beefheart and Frank Zappa so they can smother them with hostile affection (and receive the usual cold snub). (read more)


Source: The Waldo Scrapbooks


1976 March

Vol. 7 No. 10


On page 22 is a picture of Zappa subtitled "Gregg & Cher Reunited Again!".  No other Zappa-related content in this issue.

Source: slime.oofytv.set


1976 September

Vol. 8 No. 4


Zappa's been workin' on de railroad
(De Grand Funk Railroad, dat is!)
By Michael Davis, pp 34, 36-37, 68-69

Source: Charles Ulrich


1976 December

Vol. 8 No. 7


On page 37 are pictures of Flo & Eddie in a "Kiss camouflage" together with Kiss. No other Zappa-related content in this issue.

Source: slime.oofytv.set


1977 February

Vol. 8 No. 9

Stars Car No. 24. Frank Zappa
Photo by Bob Allord, p 53 



1977 March

Vol. 8 No. 10

Frank Zappa: Zoot Allures (review)
By Robot A. Hull, p 63 

Beside Zoot Allures review on page 34 you can find Zappa in Best Producers list.



1977 December

Vol. 9 No. 7

Creem's Profiles: Frank Zappa
By Robot A. Hull, p 28



1978 May

Vol. 9 No. 12

Frank Zappa Vs. The Bunny Thugs
By Michael Davis, p 25

Funny short article on Zappa playing Leather in KROQ station for everybody to tape this album.



1979 June

Vol. 11 No. 1

Frank Zappa: Sheik Yerbouti (review)
By Richard C. Walls, pp 55-56



1982 November

Vol. 14 No. 6

Frank And Moon Zappa Go AM
By Michael Goldberg, pp 24-25, 62-63 

Article on Moon and Frank Zappa based on interview with them.

The first time I heard Frank Zappa’s “Valley Girl” on the radio, I turned up the volume, pulled my car off the road, and sat there slightly shocked. I was turned to KFRC, a very powerful, very popular Top 40 station in the San Francisco Bay Area, a station that generally plays hits like “Waiting For A Girl Like You” and “Keep The Fire Burning.” (read more)



1986 April

Vol. 17 No. 8

Creem's Profiles: Frank Zappa
p 237



1988 July

Vol. 19 No. 10

The Blunt Way
By Michael Davis, pp 52-55, 61

It's Frank Zappa. At last. By trying to have this interview coincide with some of his upcoming releases, I've almost missed connecting with Zappa. He's gearing up for his first tour in over three years, rehearsing his band eight hours a day, all the while trying to tie up loose ends in a number of areas. One of our foremost musicaholics has been as busy as ever: Frank and the band are scheduled to be in Europe as you read this, and "there has been some talk about doing 10 weeks in late summer, outdoor festival type things," west of the Mississippi – his dates earlier this year were confined to the Midwest and Northeast. (read more)