Friday, November 9, 2012

45 years of Rolling Stone

November 9th has special significance for me because it's my brother's birthday. Thinking about my brother, music comes to mind, so in honor if his birthday I wanted to find a fun Friday fact that focused on music.

Today is the 45th anniversary of Rolling Stone. November 9th, 1967 Rolling Stone magazine produced it first issue (first cover pictured on the right). As you can see, it's not the slick cover we're used to today, just 11x17 black & white newsprint that came folded in half.

Rolling Stone started out with a very focused goal: cover rock & roll music with intelligence and respect. Before Rolling Stone there was no tradition of rock photography, people like a young, Annie Leibovitz started her professional career there and helped create some of rocks iconic images.

Today, Rolling Stone mixes music with pop culture, politics, and humor. Think of someone that you consider influential and they've probably been on the cover.

Rolling Stone magazine is available in the Dick Smith Library, Hot Titles section of our periodicals collection. You can also ask our periodicals staff about older issues.

Books owned by Dick Smith Library:
Rolling stone : 1,000 covers : a history of the most influential magazine in pop culture
NC974.4 .R66 R67 2006

The Rolling Stone interviews
ML394 .R65 2007X

The Rolling Stone illustrated history of rock & roll : the definitive history of the most important artists and their music
ML3534 .R64 1992

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