JJ Kramer started making a documentary about Creem — the music magazine his father started in Detroit more than 50 years ago — as “a very humble passion project that we didn’t know if anyone would really see.”

That ambition now seems charmingly modest as “CREEM: America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine” prepares to open wide this week.

The documentary, directed by Scott Crawford, began life as a 2016 Kickstarter campaign that wound up overfunding and also bringing an army of artists — including Alice Cooper, Ted Nugent, the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith, Joan Jett, Kiss’ Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe and many more — into the fold as fans and supporters. The film, which features a score by the

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