I hope you are enjoying the music journalism A-Z series this month. Rick Johnson (1950-2006), CREEM Magazine rock journalist was someone I read often in my rock and roll music heyday. I had extended subscriptions to CREEM Magazine and Rolling Stone Magazine during the 70s and 80s. Each publication provided valuable knowledge about bands playing rock music with tenacity and passion.
I must admit these many years later aside from Lester Bangs and Rick Johnson I don’t recall many of the CREEM journalists I read.
I am educating myself in retrospect how pivotal a role Rick Johnson conducted at CREEM Magazine. He was widely known as Ranger Rick and Reek. He succeeded Lester Bangs at the magazine. He was the beloved Boy Wonder of CREEM’s new-wave-and-beyond phase–the star writer from what was arguably the greatest era of the greatest music ‘zine ever
Rick Johnson’s music writing contribution are captured in a book, Rick Johnson Reader: Tin Cans, Squeems and Thudpies
Bill Knight served as Johnson’s editor for many years at the Prairie SUN and SunRise (two Illinois alternative publications), Knight set out to put Johnson’s work between covers in 2006, after the writer’s untimely death in April of that year.
- Music Journalism Month – 2. Lester Bangs (musicofourheart.me)