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"It was impossible […] to miss such a landmark exposition of punk-rock […] the first appearance in two years of the original bizarro band."--Dave Marsh in his May 1971 Looney Toons column for Creem

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Creem (which is always capitalized in print as CREEM despite the magazine's nameplate appearing in 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 received 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 by the magazine in May 1971, in Dave Marsh's Looney Toons column about Question Mark & the Mysterians. The same issue introduced "heavy metal" as the name of a genre in a review of Sir Lord Baltimore by "Metal" Mike Saunders.

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