Creem Magazine

Creem (which is always capitalized in print as ‘CREEM’ despite the magazine’s nameplate appearing in mostly lower case letters), “America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine”, was a monthly rock ‘n’ roll publication first published in March 1969 by Barry Kramer and founding editor Tony Reay. It suspended production in 1989 but attained a short-lived renaissance in the early 1990s as a glossy tabloid. Lester Bangs, often cited as “America’s Greatest Rock Critic”, became editor in 1971. The term “punk rock” was coined in May 1971, in Dave Marsh’s Looney Tunes CREEM column about Question Mark & the Mysterians.

CREEM picked up on punk rock (which many claim the magazine helped to conceptualize, if not invent) and new wave movements early on. CREEM gave massive exposure to artists like Lou Reed, David Bowie, Roxy Music, Blondie, and The New York Dolls years before the mainstream press. In the 1980s, it also led the pack on coverage of such upcoming rock icons as R.E.M., The Replacements, The Smiths, The Go-Go’s and The Cure, among numerous others. It was also among the first to sing the praises of metal acts like Motörhead, Kiss, Judas Priest, and Van Halen.

Melvins guitarist Roger “Buzz” Osborne taught Kurt Cobain about punk by loaning him records and old copies of CREEM.

Alice Cooper referenced the magazine in his song “Detroit City” – “But the Riff kept a Rockin’, the Creem kept a-talkin’, and the streets still smokin’ today”. Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth said: “Having a certain sense of humor in the rock’n’roll culture – CREEM nailed it in a way that nobody else was. It informed a lot of people’s sensibilities.”

Top Twitter Accounts

Top 50 accounts

The following table lists the top 50 most followed accounts on Twitter, with each total rounded to the nearest million followers, as well as the profession or activity of each user, and their country of origin.[1] Account totals and monthly changes in ranking were last updated on June 1, 2020.

Rank Change
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Account name Owner Followers
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Activity Country
1 Steady @BarackObama Barack Obama 119 Former U.S. president United States
2 Steady @justinbieber Justin Bieber 112 Musician Canada
3 Steady @katyperry Katy Perry 109 Musician United States
4 Steady @rihanna Rihanna 97 Musician and businesswoman Barbados
5 Steady @taylorswift13 Taylor Swift 86 Musician United States
6 Steady @Cristiano Cristiano Ronaldo 85 Footballer Portugal
7 Steady @ladygaga Lady Gaga 82 Musician and actress United States
8 Increase @realDonaldTrump Donald Trump 81 Current U.S. president United States
9 Decrease @TheEllenShow Ellen DeGeneres 80 Comedian and television hostess United States
10 Steady @ArianaGrande Ariana Grande 74 Musician and actress United States
11 Steady @YouTube YouTube 72 Online video platform United States
12 Increase @KimKardashian Kim Kardashian 65 Television personality and businesswoman United States
13 Decrease @jtimberlake Justin Timberlake 65 Musician and actor United States
14 Steady @selenagomez Selena Gomez 61 Musician and actress United States
15 Steady @twitter Twitter 58 Social media platform United States
16 Increase @narendramodi Narendra Modi 58 Current Prime Minister of India India
17 Decrease @cnnbrk CNN Breaking News 58 News channel United States
18 Steady @britneyspears Britney Spears 56 Musician United States
19 Increase✖32 @ddlovato Team Demi 56 Musician United States
20 Decrease @shakira Shakira 52 Musician Colombia
21 Decrease @jimmyfallon Jimmy Fallon 52 Comedian United States
22 Decrease @BillGates Bill Gates 51 Businessman and philanthropist United States
23 Decrease @CNN CNN 48 News channel United States
24 Decrease @neymarjr Neymar 47 Footballer Brazil
25 Decrease @nytimes The New York Times 47 Newspaper United States
26 Decrease @KingJames LeBron James 46 Basketball player United States
27 Decrease @JLo Jennifer Lopez 45 Musician and actress United States
28 Decrease @MileyCyrus Miley Cyrus 45 Musician and actress United States
29 Increase @BBCBreaking BBC Breaking News 44 News channel United Kingdom
30 DecreaseDecrease @BrunoMars Bruno Mars 43 Musician United States
31 DecreaseDecrease @Oprah Oprah Winfrey 43 Television personality and businesswoman United States

 

 

National Enquirer: the Queen of Newspaper Tabloids

As I was waiting in line at a drug store the other day my eyes were drawn to the magazine stand. To my surprise there at the top of the stand was the National Enquirer.  I thought that old controversial tabloid had went out of business years ago. But the rag is still steaming off the presses. I guess certain people like to be entertained by reading made-up stories about the rich and famous. 

A reliable source this tabloid is not.  Funny, it is that.  The Enquirer is one step above Weekly World News, the WWN writes about women having Bigfoot’s babies.  The Enquirer doesn’t go that far, but as the headlines below demonstrate, it does go far. It did report with a straight face that Jack Black was pregnant.  Escapism in a very harmless way I suppose.

I always had my doubts about Doctor Phil.

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In 1926, William Griffin, a protégé of William Randolph Hearst, founded the paper as The New York Evening Enquirer, a Sunday afternoon broadsheet newspaper distributed throughout New York City, using money lent to Griffin by Hearst. As partial payment of his loan, Hearst asked Griffin to use the Enquirer as a proving ground for new ideas. Hearst took the ideas that worked in his successful publications; the less successful ideas stayed with the Enquirer, and as a result the Enquirer‘s sales never soared.

 

Cover from the 1960’s

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By 1952, the paper’s circulation had fallen to 17,000 copies a week and it was purchased by Generoso Pope Jr., the son of Generoso Pope, the founder of Il Progresso, New York’s Italian language daily newspaper. It has been alleged that Mafia boss Frank Costello provided Pope the money for the purchase in exchange for the Enquirer’s promise to list lottery numbers and to refrain from all mention of Mafia activities.

 

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In 1953, Pope revamped the format from a broadsheet to a sensationalist tabloid focusing on sex and violence. The paper’s editorial content became so salacious that Griffin was forced by the Mayor to resign from the city’s Board of Higher Education in 1954. In 1957, Pope changed the name of the newspaper to The National Enquirer and changed its scope to national stories of sex and scandal. Pope worked tirelessly in the 1950s and 1960s to increase the circulation and broaden the tabloid’s appeal. In the late 1950s and through most of the 1960s, the Enquirer was known for its gory and unsettling headlines and stories such as: “I Cut Out Her Heart and Stomped on It” (Sept. 8, 1963) and “Mom Boiled Her Baby and Ate Her” (1962). At this time the paper was sold on newsstands and in drugstores only. Pope stated he got the idea for the format and these gory stories from seeing people congregate around auto accidents. By 1966, circulation had risen to one million.

 

The Enquirer must have secret agents in the heart of the medical establishment, as they always seem to know about the impending demise of celebrities.

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The House Hippo

The house hippo is the subject of a Canadian television public service announcement (PSA) produced by Concerned Children’s Advertisers (now known as Companies Committed to Kids) in May 1999 and reintroduced by MediaSmarts in 2019. The original sixty-second clip was directed by Tim Hamilton of Avion Films. Effects were produced by Spin Productions.

The narration of the piece is spoken in the style of a Hinterland Who’s Who spot, showing footage and describing the behaviour of the “North American house hippo”, a fictional animal found “throughout Canada, and the eastern United States.” The hippo is shown foraging for the crumbs of peanut butter toast in a kitchen, escaping from a house cat, and making a nest from lost mittens to go to sleep.

Their stated intent is to educate children about critical thinking with regard to what they see in television advertising, and remind them that “it’s good to think about what you’re watching on TV, and ask questions”. Nevertheless, some viewers on social media have expressed that as children, they completely believed that house hippos were real based on this commercial.

Famous Monsters Magazine Covers

Famous Monsters of Filmland is a genre-specific film magazine started in 1958 by publisher James Warren and editor Forrest J Ackerman.

Famous Monsters of Filmland directly inspired the creation of many other similar publications, including Castle of FrankensteinCinefantastiqueFangoriaThe Monster Times, and Video Watchdog. In addition, hundreds, if not thousands, of FM-influenced horror, fantasy and science fiction movie-related fanzines have been produced, some of which have continued to publish for decades, such as Midnight Marquee and Little Shoppe of Horrors.

 

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Famous Monsters of Filmland was originally conceived as a one-shot publication by Warren and Ackerman, published in the wake of the widespread success of the package of old horror movies syndicated to American television in 1957. But the first issue, published in February 1958, was so successful that it required a second printing to fulfill public demand. Its future as part of American culture was immediately obvious to both men. The success prompted spinoff magazines such as SpacemenFamous Westerns of FilmlandScreen Thrills IllustratedCreepyEerie, and Vampirella.

FM offered brief articles, well-illustrated with publicity stills and graphic artwork, on horror movies from the silent era to the current date of publication, their stars and filmmakers. Warren and Ackerman decided to aim the text at late pre-adolescents and young teenagers.

 

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Weekly World News Headlines

The Weekly World News was a largely fictional news tabloid published in the United States from 1979 to 2007, renowned for its outlandish cover stories often based on supernatural or paranormal themes and an approach to news that verged on the satirical. Its characteristic black-and-white covers have become pop-culture images widely used in the arts. It ceased publication in August 2007.

In 2009, Weekly World News was relaunched as an online only publication. Its current editor-in-chief is Neil McGinness.

These headlines are from the online incarnation.

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