Grapevine: Documentary on Creem magazine seeks backers

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

Creem doc fundraising offers perks to backers

Director Scott Crawford and producer J.J. Kramer are raising funds to finish their documentary on Detroit-based rock magazine CREEM. The music journal was published from 1969 until Kramer’s father, publisher Barry Kramer died in 1981. The documentary, titled “Boy Howdy! The Story of Creem Magazine,” will include interviews with musicians Wayne Kramer, Iggy Pop, Alice Cooper, Bob Seger, Mitch Ryder, Paul Stanley, TedNugent, CherieCurrie, ChadSmith, Michael Stipe, Debbie Harry and Chris Stein, plus Creem staff members Susan Whitall (also a longtime Detroit News music writer), Dave Marsh and Jaan Uhelzski. The filmmakers are trying to raise money via Kickstarter to pay for post-production costs and other expenses associated with releasing a film. As of this week, the Kickstarter has raised more than $35,000 and has about three weeks to reach its goal of $100,000 (the organizers must reach the goal in order to receive any funds). Financial backers can donate between $5 and $9,500, and perks for donating range from having your name in the credits, tickets to the Detroit premiere of the documentary, to an original Fender Wayne Kramer Edition. See a trailer for “Boy Howdy!” and view fundraising details at

Erykah Badu will donate concert proceeds to fund Detroit rape kits

When Grammy-winning singer Erykah Badu performs at Chene Park on Aug. 12, $5 from each ticket sold will benefit the African American 490 Challenge. The organization is an effort to get all of the untested rape kits in Detroit processed. More than 11,000 abandoned kits were found in Detroit Police Department storage in 2009. Each kit costs $490 to test and process.

Hollywood Vampires continue tour without Perry

Joe Perry will take a break from the Hollywood Vampires tour, which also features actor Johnny Depp and rocker Alice Cooper performing cover tunes. Perry walked off stage in New York on Sunday after feeling sick. His reps say he’s doing well and will rejoin the tour at a later date. The band is scheduled to play at Soaring Eagle Casino in Mount Pleasant on Wednesday and DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston on Saturday.

Former WABX personality Larry Miller died

Larry Miller, one of the original DJs on Detroit’s WABX underground radio station, died last month of cancer. His obituary in the Boston Globe says he was the inspiration for the character Howard Hessman on the 1970s-80s sitcom “WKRP in Cincinnati.” Besides Detroit, Miller worked in Los Angeles, New York and Boston. Miller, an Upland, California native was 75.


■Jerry Geer, the 19-year-old son of country singer Craig Morgan, died after a boating accident Sunday.

■“Page Six TV” will debut on FOX in Detroit at 11:30 p.m. Monday. The half-hour celebrity gossip program is modeled after the Page Six website and is hosted by John Fugelsang. Mario Cantone, Bevy Smith and Elizabeth Wagmeister are contributors.

Compiled by Melody Baetens

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