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.
Columns: “Books” by John Grissim, Jr. on Planet News by Allen Ginsburg (City Lights); “Astrology” by Ambrose Hollingsworth.
Full-page ads: James Taylor on Apple; Black Pearl on Atlantic; Womb on Dot; The Incredible String Band on Elektra; Hedge and Donna 2; two-page “Goodbye California” centerfold poster; The Dynamic Clarence Carter on Atlantic; The Beatles “Get Back” single on Apple; Sunn amplifiers.
More ads: Rolling Stone Book – Volume 2; The Illinois Speed Press on Columbia; Songs from a Room by Leonard Cohen on Columbia; Loosen Up Naturally by the Sons of Champlin on Capitol; Man on Columbia; Terry Reid and Kak on Epic; Aorta on Columbia; Imperial Digs Underground; The Electric Circus; Eldridge Cleaver on Random House.
Reviews: The Gilded Palace of Sin, The Flying Burrito Bros. (by Stanley Booth); River Deep-Mountain High/Outta Season, Ike and Tina Turner (by Greil Marcus); Songs from a Room, Leonard Cohen (by Alec Dubro); The Natch’l Blues, Taj Mahal (by Ed Ward); Time Peace, The Rascals (by Jim Miller); Postcard, Mary Hopkin (by John Mendelsohn); The Velvet Underground, Velvet Underground (by Lester Bangs); Ornette at 12, Ornette Coleman (by Langdon Winner); Mendocino, The Sir Douglas Quintet (by Ed Ward).
Poems: “I’m on an Island” by Tom Clark; “Hitching” by Tom Clark.
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Previously: Issue 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32.