Charlie Auringer

Michigan country boy moved to Detroit in 1964 and after seeing the Beatles and Bob Dylan took photography classes at Wayne State. Hanging out at the local record store/head shop he met some artist and writers with whom he started CREEM in 1969. Shooting local bands, MC-5, Mitch Ryder and national bands at the legendary Grande Ballroom, Olympia Stadium and Cobo Hall, Jeff Beck with Rod Stewart, Elvis and Cream among others. CREEM Magazine went national in 1971 and he photographed David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Rolling Stones, Kiss, Alice Cooper and others while working with rock writers Dave Marsh and Lester Bangs. Around 1976 he retired his camera for full-time design and photo editing at CREEM where he published the best rock photographers in US and UK. After CREEM folded in 1985 he designed Detroit‘s alternative newspaper, Metro Times until 2003. Currently he designs Big City Blues Magazine,

Photos by Charlie Auringer


The Who Cobao Hall
The Who Silverdome
The Who Grande Ballroom
Rolling StonesFacesMC-5Mitch Ryder
Grande Ballroom The Who - MC-5
Jeff Beck with Rod Stewart

Sonic Rondevoux with Scott Morgan and Fred Smith,
Led Zeppelin * Johnny Winter David Bowie
Bob SegerJoe CockerAlice Cooper Aerosmith '73
Humble PieElvisKiss Kiss_AceLinda Ronstadt
Dylan and The Band A2 CrislerA2 Blues and Jazz 72-73
Who Backstage Cobo Hall
Led Zeppelin Backstage Olympia
Robert Plant Pine Knob • Gooselake.
Toronto Rock & Roll Revival
John Lennon TorontoEric Clapton
Tina TurnerT-Rex T-Rex_color

New York Dolls • Mott The Hoople
IggyBlack Sabbath • Gregg Allman
Grace SlickJethro TullRascals Free
Pointer SistersSteve Miller •
Kinks • ELP

Blind Faith Leslie West * Elton John
Black OakBeach Boys • Leon Russell
Roxy Music James Gang
Ted Nugent
Capt Beefhart

CREEM Magazine Jann UhelskiDave Marsh
Lester BangsCreem Exhibit at Bham Museum
Creem BookNew CreemNew Creem 2
Creem Museum Images


MGA Restoration

Complete Index of photos

A chapter in rock history View pdf