Established in 1969 as a Detroit counterculture rag, Creem was named after the British rock band as a snub to what its founders viewed as the coastal elitism of Rolling Stone, which had launched the year before. By the mid-70s Creem had become the second-best-selling rock magazine in the country, and its irreverent, subversive, and not-always-PC journalism helped not just cover, but define rock and punk culture. This documentary gives you the good (pioneering/badass women editors and managers), the bad (behavior, mostly), and the bonkers (staff commune in rural Michigan) behind a publication that was ahead of its time, and the drive, vision, and dysfunction of the groundbreaking team who made it. There’s plenty of nostalgia to go around, some from rock stars who grew up reading it—or who were lauded and/or panned in its pages. But in true Creem fashion, there’s more straight talk than rose-tinted glasses. Creem’s heyday is long gone, but its influence continues to resonate more than half a century since it reigned as “America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine.”