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50 Years Ago in Rolling Stone: Issue 11

Rolling Stone issue #11 had a cover date of May 25, 1968. 24 pages. 35 cents. Cover photo by Baron Wolman. For some reason they decided to label this as “Vol. II, No. 1 (Whole No. 11).” They kept that up through issue #14 (Vol. II, No. 4) and then abandoned the volume business and … Continue reading 50 Years Ago in Rolling Stone: Issue 11

50 Years Ago in Rolling Stone: Issue 10

Rolling Stone issue #10 had a cover date of May 11, 1968. 24 pages. 35 cents. Cover photo by Linda Eastman. This is the issue that proved beyond any doubt that Rolling Stone was having a clear impact on the rock and roll scene it was covering. This is the issue where Jann Wenner proved … Continue reading 50 Years Ago in Rolling Stone: Issue 10

50 Years Ago in Rolling Stone: Issue 9

Rolling Stone issue #9 had a cover date of April 27, 1968. 24 pages. 35 cents. Features: “Beatles Battle the Blue Meanies” (a synopsis of the Yellow Submarine plot, no byline); “Clapton Busted!” (the March 20 arrest of Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Richie Furay, and Jim Messina on marijuana charges in Topanga Canyon, no byline); … Continue reading 50 Years Ago in Rolling Stone: Issue 9

50 Years Ago in Rolling Stone: Issue 8

Issue #8 saw a price hike as it jumped from 25 cents to a whopping 35 cents. Still only 24 pages though. And subscriptions remained at $5 for 26 issues ($10 for 52). Issue #8 also tweaked the layout with a 90-degree shift of the area above the fold. The first seven issues were laid … Continue reading 50 Years Ago in Rolling Stone: Issue 8

50 Years Ago in Rolling Stone: Issue 7

Issue #7 had a cover date of March 9, 1968. 24 pages. 25 cents. This is the final issue with no real “cover of the Rolling Stone” as we know it. These first seven issues were formatted like a regular newspaper with an “above the fold” area containing the logo and a bunch of content: … Continue reading 50 Years Ago in Rolling Stone: Issue 7

50 Years Ago in Rolling Stone: Issue 6

Issue #6 had a cover date of February 24, 1968. 24 pages. 25 cents. It contained a five-page spread called “It Happened in 1967” wherein Wenner was already mythologizing the year his magazine would spend the next 50 years celebrating. It was presented as an annual news wrap-up/mock election/awards presentation. The “awards” given out: • … Continue reading 50 Years Ago in Rolling Stone: Issue 6

50 Years Ago in Rolling Stone: Issue 5

Issue #5 had a cover date of February 10, 1968. 24 pages. 25 cents. This was the issue when Rolling Stone started giving away roach clips to new subscribers. (“Act now before this offer is made illegal.”) You can scoff, but for its entire first year the Stone remained a DIY organization, run by Wenner … Continue reading 50 Years Ago in Rolling Stone: Issue 5

50 Years Ago in Rolling Stone: Jann Wenner, Beatles Fanboy

I’ve been reading Sticky Fingers, Joe Hagan’s new Jann Wenner biography and it’s really fascinating. One of the things that has surprised me was how DIY those first several issues of Rolling Stone were. It really was a bunch of volunteers hustling to pull those 24 pages together. Granted, some of those volunteers might not … Continue reading 50 Years Ago in Rolling Stone: Jann Wenner, Beatles Fanboy

50 Year Ago: A Letter to My Teenage Son

Audio: Victor Lundberg – “An Open Letter to My Teenage Son” There’s been a lot of talk recently about the 50th anniversary of the first issue of Rolling Stone magazine, dated November 9, 1967. The interviews and reviews of early Stone are rightly celebrated, but I like flipping through for the ads and weird news … Continue reading 50 Year Ago: A Letter to My Teenage Son