Boy Howdy! The Story of Creem Magazine

Capturing the messy upheaval of the '70s just as rock was re-inventing itself, the film explores Creem Magazine's humble beginnings in post-riot Detroit, follows its upward trajectory from underground paper to national powerhouse, then bears witness to its imminent demise following the tragic and untimely deaths of its visionary publisher, Barry Kramer, and its most famous alum and genius clown prince, Lester Bangs, a year later. Fifty years after publishing its first issue, "America's Only Rock 'n' Roll Magazine" remains a seditious spirit in music and culture.

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Scott Crawford




Director: Scott Crawford
Executive Producer: Connie Kramer, Margaret Saadi Kramer, Todd Edinger
Producer: JJ Kramer, Jaan Uhelszki
Screenwriter: Scott Crawford, Jaan Uhelszki
Cinematographer: Jim Saah
Editor: Patrick Wright
Sound Designer: Archie Moore
Music: Wayne Kramer
Principal Cast: Alice Cooper, Joan Jett, Cameron Crowe, Michael Stipe, Chad Smith, Kirk Hammett, Thurston Moore, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Wayne Kramer
Additional Credits: Associate Producer: Susan Whitall, Production Supervisor: Gautama Kavuri, Co-Executive Producer: Culhanimal Productions, Story Consultant: Robert Duncan , Additional Music : Michael Hampton, Cameraman: Shawn Neal , Music Supervisor: Kevin Moyer, Researcher: Jennifer Beck


Public Film Contact
JJ Kramer
Boy Howdy LLC
Publicity Contact
Pam Nashel Leto
Sales Agent
Submarine Entertainment
Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband

Year: 2019
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Genre: Music
Screening Section: 24 Beats Per Second
Screening Category: Documentary Feature
Country: United States
Language: English
Runtime: 73:21 mins