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
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
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
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
Billboard: Metallica, Run-D.M.C. Up For Rock Hall Induction. Metallica, Run-D.M.C. and the Stooges lead the list of nine acts up for induction next year into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Five will be chosen in January for enshrinement during an April 4 ceremony at Cleveland’s Public Hall. Also on this year’s ballot are … Continue reading Yawn: 2009 Rock and Roll Hall of Shame Nominees Announced
To celebrate its 40th anniversary, Rolling Stone is posting audio from some of its classic interviews, including this excerpt from Pete Townshend’s famous 1968 sit-down with Jann Wenner. MP3: 1968 Pete Townsend interview.
Peter Tork says the Monkees merit consideration for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but one man opposes their induction. “The only person … holding a grudge is Jann Wenner of Rolling Stone,” says the former Monkee. The magazine editor “has never written a gracious word. He personally has the veto power to keep … Continue reading Wenner Blackballs Monkees
Pete Townshend talks to the Stone‘s Jann Wenner in 1968.
So I actually listened to the songs that Mick’s Web site is streaming from his new album, Goddess in the Doorway: “Visions of Paradise”—Perhaps if Eddie Money had recorded this song in 1988 I might have liked it. “Joy”—Would someone please just kill Bono? “God Gave Me Everything”—At least this song rocks a bit. Would’ve … Continue reading Mediocre Mick