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Publication Dates: November 9, 1967 - Present
Publication Info: Bi-weekly magazine of the entertainment and music industry.
Rolling Stone magazine was founded in San Francisco in 1967 by Jann Wenner and music critic Ralph J. Gleason (Wenner is still editor and publisher). It embraced and reported on the hippy counterculture during the late 1960s and 1970s, and its rise to fame was synchronous with such bands and artists as the Grateful Dead, Beatles, Doors, Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin.
While it's focus on music and the recording industry was primary, the celebratory causes of the day were also indelibly stamped upon its pages. The Vietnam War, Environmentalism, Feminism, Abortion and Gay Rights were among the many causes embraced by the left-leaning journal.
Still, music, followed by movies, dominated the magazine, along with hip and often divergent art, photography, and journalism from the likes of Hunter S. Thompson and the infamous rock-journalist badboy, Lester Bangs. Some of the photographers who did the covers and articles, particularly, Annie Leibovitz and Herb Ritts, gained notoriety from their work at Rolling Stone. The magazine was so popular during the 70s that a song parodying popular success, Cover of the Rolling Stone by Dr Hook & the Medicine Show, became a hit single. In an ironic pique of art imitating life, Dr. Hook himself graced the cover, in March of 1973, issue 131.
By the 1980s, Rolling Stone had become somewhat more institutionalized, monetized and adopted ideas (e.g., employee drug testing) shunned by the early culture of the magazine's founders. The entire publishing operation was moved to New York to be closer to the advertising and financial industry centers. It is still owned by Wenner Media, the company created by founder Jann Wenner after buying out his original partner.
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Issue #1: Initial publication - John Lennon on cover