Rolling Stone issue #38 had a cover date of July 26, 1969. 40 pages. 35 cents. Cover photo of Jim Morrison.
Features: “The Rolling Stone Interview: Jim Morrison” by Jerry Hopkins; “Crashers, Cops, Producers Spoil Newport ’69” by Jerry Hopkins; “Bringing it all Back Home” by Peter Giraudo; “Fuzz Against Junk: The Saga of the Narcotics Brigade, Installment Six” by Akbar Del Piombo.
News: “Columbia to Stay Above Ground”; “Grateful Dead Ungrateful; Sued”; “Tibet In The West” by Charles Perry; “Now the Action’s At People’s Pad”; “A Move to Curb Cambridge Rock” by Dennis Metrano; “Artists Get a Bright Idea”; “Big Joe Williams: Soul on His Face” by Don Roth; “Our Astronaut”; “Denver Festival: Mace with Music” by Jim Fouratt; “Christ, They Know It Ain’t Easy” by Ben Fong-Torres; “Hendrix Charged: Smack, Hash”; “Festivals” (first mention of Woodstock: “Twelve hours of music each, on August 16th and 17th…in upstate Wallkill, New York”); “Free Music”. And Random Notes on Phil Spector, marijuana laws, Eric Jacobsen, Moby Grape, English militant socialists, Sammy Davis, Jr. (“who is the sort of black man who makes you think it must be some kind of optical illusion”). Jann’s casual racism is something else, isn’t it?
Full-page ads: Home by Jolliver Arkansaw on Bell; The Road to Travel by Bert Sommer on Capitol; The Things I Notice Now by Tom Paxton on Elektra; Inside Bugsy by Bugsy Maugh on Dot; Steppenwolf and Three Dog Night on Dunhill; “Everything’s Together on Atlantic-Atco” (two-page spread); Clouds by Joni Mithcell on Reprise; New York Scenes magazine; Straight Records (“#4 in a series of Bullshit Record Hypes from Straight”).
More ads: Pickin’ Up the Pieces by Poco on Epic; NRBQ on Columbia; Johnny Cash at San Quentin on Columbia; If The Jasmine Don’t Get You…The Bay Breeze Will by Vince Martin on Capitol; Oar by Alexander Spence on Columbia; King of the Delta Blues Singers by Robert Johnson on Columbia; Two Virgins by John Lennon and Yoko Ono on Tetragramatton; The Groupies on ALP; A Blind Man’s Movie by Murray Roman; Blacklite posters by Celestial Arts (“as turned on as sound”).
Reviews: Urban Spaceman, Bonzo Dog Band (by Greil Marcus and Langdon Winner); Crosby, Stills, & Nash (by Barry Franklin); Johnny Cash at San Quentin, Johnny Cash (by Phil Marsh); Kaleidoscope (by Langdon Winner); Little Richard’s Greatest Hits, Little Richard (by Ken Harris); It’s A Beautiful Day (by Lester Bangs); Trout Mask Replica, Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band (by Lester Bangs); Stand!, Sly and The Family Stone (by Alec Dubro); Brave New World, The Steve Miller Band (by John Morthland).
Columns: “Books” by John Grissim, Jr. (on The Rock Revolution by Arnold Shaw and The Jefferson Airplane and the San Francisco Sound by Ralph J. Gleason).
Subscription offer: Subscribers could get four free Ballantine books (Bob Dylan’s Don’t Look Back; The Essential Lenny Bruce; The Jefferson Airplane and the San Francisco Sound by Ralph J. Gleason; and The Teachings of Don Juon by by Carlos Castaneda) with 50 cents for shipping and handling. $6 for 26 issues; $10 for 52.