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50 Years Ago in Rolling Stone: Issue 39

Rolling Stone issue #39 had a cover date of August 9, 1969. 40 pages. 35 cents. Cover photo of Brian Jones by Jim Marshall.

Features: “Brian Jones: Sympathy for the Devil”; “Brian Jones Obituary” by Greil Marcus; “The Wild: Things” by Eric Ehrmann; “Ronnie Hawkins” by Ritchie Yorke; “Doug Kershaw” by Patrick Thomas; “Fuzz Against Junk: The Saga of the Narcotics Brigade, Installment Seven” by Akbar Del Piombo.

News: “Kesey: Unzipping for the Summer Solstice” by Ken Kesey; “Rock Too Much For Newport”; “Liberation” by John Burks; “Brand-New Weapon: Japanese Sing-In” by Michael Berger; “Los Angeles Apple Polished Off”; “Berkeley Barb On Strike”; “Werber Innocent in Big Dope Bust”; “Crosby, Stills and Nash Add Young”; “A Tidal Wave in The Wild West” by Ben Fong-Torres; “Dylan & the Band’s Edwardsville Skyline”; “Toronto: Nothing But a Groove” by Ritchie Yorke; “Festivals”; “Cash Owes Govt. 82 Grand”; “Two More Join The Squad.” And Random Notes on Canned Heat. Lucky Whip, Atlanta pop festival, Steve Miller, The Wit and Humor of Richard Nixon, Ralph Nader, Jack Bruce, and Franco Zeffirelli.

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50 Years Ago in Rolling Stone: Issue 38

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?

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50 Years Ago in Rolling Stone: Issue 37

Rolling Stone issue #37 had a cover date of July 12, 1969. 40 pages. 35 cents. Cover photo of Elvis Presley.

Features: “You Won’t ask Elvis Anything too Deep?” by William Otterburn-Hall; “Pete Townshend on Tommy” by Rick Sanders and David Dalton; “Jefferson Airplane Today” by Ben Fong-Torres; “The Troubadour: Rick Nelson” by Jerry Hopkins; “Fuzz Against Junk: The Saga of the Narcotics Brigade, Installment Five” by Akbar Del Piombo; “A Short History Of Religion In California” by Richard Brautigan.

News: Beatles ‘Get Back’ LP Due in July; “Doors’ Movie Is a Feast for Friends” by Jerry Hopkins; Fleetwood Mac to Put Christ on Wax; “‘Back to the Bible’ For Californians” by Ben Fong-Torres; Brian Jones Leaves Stones; Jimi Hendrix Has a Brand New Bass; God Named Party In Property Suits; Cops ‘n’ Robbers For the MC5; Keep on Truckin’, Dopers–It’s OK; “100,000 Sons of A Preacherman” by Robert W. Neubert; Blind Faith Debuts: ‘Well All Right!’; Rock Unsafe at Any Volume; “Beethoven Was Black and Proud” by John Grissim, Jr.; The Wild West: a Wild S.F. Fest; L.A. Gives Dylan Gospel Treatment; Festival Notes. And Random Notes on Zig-Zag papers, Donovan, Manfred Mann, MC5, Mad River, Timothy Leary, Nicky Hopkins, the Supremes, and Pat Boone.

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50 Years Ago in Rolling Stone: Issue 36

Rolling Stone issue #36 had a cover date of June 28, 1969. 40 page. 35 cents. Cover photo of Nudie Cohn by Baron Wolman.

This issue was dedicated primarily to country music and featured no record reviews. Weird!

Features: “Boosting Peace: John and Yoko in Canada” by Ritchie Yorke; “California White Man’s Shit Kickin’ Blues” by John Grissim Jr.; “Nudie” by Jerry Hopkins; “Ritchie Valens, J.P. (The Big Bopper) Richardson and Buddy Holly” by Greil Marcus; “Fuzz Against Junk: The Saga of the Narcotics Brigade, Installment Four” by Akbar Del Piombo; “A Short Story About Contemporary Life In California” by Richard Brautigan.

News: People’s Park Peace Talks; Fillmore to Tell All Its Secrets; Mexican President Inks for the Doors; Mick Busted For ‘A Substance’; Chicago Clobbered At Ball Game; “Festival Shucks” by Jerry Hopkins; San Jose Scam; The Beat Goes On; “Moby: the Grape Turns Sour” by Ben Fong-Torres. And Random Notes on the Groupies, Mick Jagger, Angel’s Dust [sic], Peter Sarstedt, Chubby Checker, Tribal Village, Coleman Hawkins, Everly Brothers, and the Sundowners.

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50 Years Ago in Rolling Stone: Issue 35

Rolling Stone issue #35 had a cover date of June 14, 1969. 40 page. 35 cents. Cover photo of Chuck Berry by Baron Wolman.

Features: “Roll Over, Chuck Berry” by Greil Marcus; “Jean-Luc Godard” by Jonathan Cott; “American Revolution 1969: The Battle of People’s Park” by John Burks and John Grissim, Jr.; “This Time Gas – Guns What Next Bombs?” by Langdon Winner; “Festivals” (a roundup of all the 1969 music festivals–Woodstock is not even mentioned); “Fuzz Against Junk: The Saga of the Narcotics Brigade, Installment Three” by Akbar Del Piombo.

News: Fillmore Fans Watch the Flames; Leary Cut Loose, Wants to Run; Stones Set Pear A-Rolling; Airplane Busted Twice in South; Cl’pt’n-W’w’d-B’k’r Have Blind Faith; “Joe South: ‘C&W Music Is Shit'” by Jerry Hopkins; Freaks Fight Back: $80,000 Suit; Jim Morrison Tells All; Doors Will Do It In A Bull Ring; McGuinn & Dylan Riding Easy; “DC Snipes at Free Press” by Derek Shearer; Bikers Stomp at Canadian Festival; Lenny’s Second Brucemas Coming; “Gospel Rock’s Unhappy Days” by Ben Fong-Torres; LA Holds C&W Unpop Festival; Genie the Tailor Dies in Crash; T.I.M.E. Drummer Shot in Stomach; “And, Boy Were They Wrecked!” (the Turtles play the White House); “The Who’s Opera: A Loud Deafmute”. And Random Notes on Sons of Champlin, Van Dkye Parks, Leonard Cohen, Love, Duke Ellington, Frank Zappa, Dylan/Cash, Sun Ra, Jack Casady, The Magic Christian, the Byrds, and the Mamas and the Papas.

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50 Years Ago in Rolling Stone: Issue 34

Rolling Stone issue #34 had a cover date of May 31, 1969. 40 page. 35 cents. Cover photo of Jimi Hendrix by Franz Maier.

Features: “Cash and Dylan Tape TV Number in Nashville” by Patrick Thomas; “Muddy Waters Week in Chicago” by Don DeMicheal; “Johnny Cash At San Quentin” by Ralph J. Gleason; “Delaney & Bonnie” by Jerry Hopkins; “Festival in Black” by John Burks; “Fuzz Against Junk: The Saga of the Narcotics Brigade, Installment Two” by Akbar Del Piombo.

News: “Janis and London Come Together” by Jonathan Cott and David Dalton; “A Decency Rally Fans the Flames”; “An Unpleasantness At Venice”; “Hendrix Busted In Toronto” by Ritchie Yorke and Ben Fong-Torres; “The Ballad of John & Yoko”; “Free Music”; “Ash Grove in Ashes After $40,000 Fire”; “Magical Mystery Non-Benefit”; “Fuzz Against Junk” by Akbar Del Piombo. And Random Notes.

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50 Years Ago in Rolling Stone: Issue 33

Rolling Stone issue #33 had a cover date of May 17, 1969. 40 pages (20 pages with a seemingly unnecessary 20 page “insert”). 35 cents. Cover photo of Joni Mitchell by Baron Wolman.

Features: “Jackie Gleason is Really a Great Man” by John Burks; “The Band” by Ralph J. Gleason; “The Swan Song of Folk Music” by Happy Traum; “Joni Mitchell”; “Judy Collins” by Jim Bickhart; “Berkeley Drives Demons from the Churches” by Charles Perry; “Larry Coryell” by Philip Elwood; “Fuzz Against Junk: The Saga of the Narcotics Brigade” by Akbar Del Piombo; “Oh Happy Day: A Pop Godsend” by Ben Fong-Torres.

News: “Elektra Records Kicks Out MC5” by Paul Nelson; Mother Shot Down In Houston, Texas; Flatt Files Suit Against Scruggs; Mud Removed From Sky River; Hendrix’ One-Year Retirement Plan; “Outside Agitators Prop Up L.A.” by Jerry Hopkins; Southside Fuzz Volunteer for Duty; “Nicky Hopkins – Session Man” by Paul Nelson; “A Complete Movie Of Germany And Japan” by Richard Brautigan; LPs Outpace Singles In Great Britain; “Freaks Move to Take Over City” by Elizabeth Campbell; John Lennon: Ineligible Alien; Fertilizer Freddy & Flip Cartridge; “Monterey Pop: A Festive Film” by Adele Novelli. And Random Notes.

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50 Years Ago in Rolling Stone: Issue 32

Rolling Stone issue #32 had a cover date of May 2, 1969. 32 pages. 35 cents. Cover photo of Stevie Winwood by David Dalton.

Features: “Vacationing in Palm Springs: A Real Lark” by Jerry Hopkins; “Traffic” by David Dalton; “Traffic Interview” by Jonathan Cott; “Johnny Winter Fiasco Goes On” by Paul Nelson; “Moog Synthesizers” by Edmund O. Ward.

News: Beatles: No Discernible Pattern; Aretha Heads Up Soul Bowl ’69; Has Graham Lost His Mountain?; Tom Donahue Departs KSAN; Mamas &amp’ Papas’ Brand-New Bag; Beach Boys Sue Capitol Records; The Dear John Letters; New York Pot; Electric Factory Ordered Shut; Memphis to Host Blues Festival; Morrison Hands Himself Over; Cl’pt’n-W’w’d-B’k’r Coming to Town; Random Notes on John and Yoko, Salvador Dali, Jefferson Airplane, Bob Dylan, and Van Dyke Parks.

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50 Years Ago in Rolling Stone: Issue 31

Rolling Stone issue #31 had a cover date of April 19, 1969. 32 pages. 35 cents. Cover photo of Sun Ra by Baron Wolman.

Features: “Sun Ra” by John Burks; “Earthquake! California Fears Fear Itself” by Jerry Hopkins; “Bunky & Jake” by Paul Nelson; “Cerebrum” by Charles A. Fracchia; “Jethro Tull & His Fabulous Tool” by Ben Fong-Torres.

News: Morrison’s Penis Is Indecent; Censors Muffle Smothers Bros.; Blue Meanies Attack Beatles; “Tim Hardin: Hobnobbin’ With The Superstars” by Tom Nolan; An AFM Ban on the Moog Synthesizer?; Fillmore West vs. 28 Flavors; “When They Were: Mason, Capaldi, Wood & Frog, RIP” by Jonathan Cott; Jazz Takes Gas At Fillmore East; Flatt & Scruggs’ Last Breakdown; Rolling Stars: Sun to Enter Sign of Ram; Mercury’s Rockers In the Boondocks; Hearst Closes Its EYE; Cream Movie Is ‘A Real Bomb’; MC5 Kick Out The What?; LA’s Open City Closed Down; Random Notes on Cass Elliot, James Brown, Jeff Beck, Plaster Casters, Janis Joplin, methamphetamine, CSN, Jerry Lee Lewis, Eric Clapton, Johnny Cash, and Aretha Franklin.

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50 Years Ago in Rolling Stone: Issue 30

Rolling Stone issue #30 had a cover date of April 5, 1969. 40 pages (20 standard pages with a 20-page special insert). 35 cents. Cover photo of San Francisco State College student strike by Nacio Brown. This photo was originally published in the San Francisco Express Times on December 11, 1968. (You can see more of Brown’s photos from the strike here.)

Less than a year after openly mocking the student protesters during the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago (“Musicians Reject New Political Exploiters: Groups Drop Out from Chicago Yip-In,” RS-10), Jann Wenner has a change of heart and gets political. His introduction to Michael Rossman’s cover feature reveals he is being reluctantly dragged into this…

Like it or not, we have reached a point in the social, cultural, intellectual and artistic history where we are all going to be affected by politics. We can no longer ignore it. It threatens our daily lives and our daily happinesses. The new political movements we feel all around us can no longer be left at the periphery of the artistic consciousness.

Our black population and our student population have finally declared themselves sick and tired of desolation row and finished with the old folks home at the college. The blacks and the students are our brothers and they are doing something which we must take awareness of. And we must participate in it because they are fighting a fight against our enemies, even if our participation is just by the fact of awareness itself.

These new politics are about to become a part of our daily lives and willingly or not, we are in it.

The fact that Wenner claims “The blacks and the students are our brothers” and not his intended audience is telling. Oh, Jann! Gotta love his idea of participation in the fight “just by the fact of awareness itself.” Yeah, I’m sure the kids getting their heads bashed in by the cops really appreciated your awareness, pal.

Do-gooder Baby Boomers, unwilling to really get involved, but hey, at least they’re aware of the struggle!

This issue also features the debut Rolling Stone review by Lester Bangs!

Features: “American Revolution 1969: The Sound of Marching, Charging Feet” by Michael Rossman; “It Can Happen Here” by Conrad J. Williams; “Editorial” by Konstantin Berlandt; “Panthers’ Fight to the Death Against Racism” by George Mason Murray; “The Fire This Time: A Cursory Chronology of the Movement.”

News: “The Doors: ‘Uh-Oh, I Think I Exposed Myself Out There'” by John Burks; “Blood Sweat and Tears: ‘We’re the World’s Ugliest Band'” by Paul Nelson; “Mamas and Papas Do It Again”; “Musical Chairs For Jeff Beck”; “Noel Redding’s Fat Mattress”; “Baker and Big Pink Sign for Western” by Jerry Hopkins; “Monterey Festival: $37,000 Settlement”; “Celestial Synapse At the Fillmore”; “Crosby-Stills-Nash Wind Up Album” by Jerry Hopkins; “Elmira” by Richard Brautigan; “The Small Faces Call It Splits”; “Creedence C’water At the Hop” by Ben Fong-Torres; “‘Rockumentary’ Radio Milestone” by Jerry Hopkins; “Big Pink Band To Tour U.S.”; Random Notes on Johnny Cash, Traffic, George Harrison, the Monkees, Jimi Hendrix, Ringo Starr, Sam and Dave, and Frank Zappa.

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