Rolling Stone magazine is an American monthly magazine that focuses on popular culture and more specifically on music.

Founded in San Francisco, California, in 1967 by Jann Wenner and music critic Ralph J. Gleason, Rolling Stone magazine is known for its rock music covers et les reportages politiques de Hunter S. Thompson.


Rolling Stone magazine

Rolling Stone magazine


In the 90s, Rolling Stone magazine grew up to be a young reader interested in television programs for young people, film actors and popular music. Since then it has reverted to its traditional mix of content including music, entertainment, and politics.

The first magazine was published in 1967 and the cover was John Lennon. He is known for his provocative photographs and its covers depicting musicians, politicians, athletes and actors. In addition to the print version, the United States publishes content via and many international editions.


Rolling Stone magazine

Rolling Stone magazine


Penske Media Corporation is the current owner of Rolling Stone magazine, purchasing 51% from the warehouse in 2017 and the remaining 49% in 2019.

the magazine has regularly adopted a liberal or social democratic view of American and world politics, advocating internationalism in foreign policy and a labor political movement in the United States, often in conflict with the dominant Democratic Party, which often occupies more middle positions as Rolling Stone magazine.


Rolling Stone magazine

Rolling Stone magazine

The story of Rolling Stones magazine

1967-1979: The beginning of the story 

Rolling Stone magazine was founded in San Francisco in 1967 by Jann Wenner and Ralph Gleason.

To remove it, Wenner borrowed 7,500 $ from the family and parents of his future wife, Jane Schindelheim. The first issue appeared on November 9, 1967. It was on the cover of John Lennon. It was in the form of a newspaper with a main article on the Monterey Pop Festival.

The sale price was 25 cents (equivalent to 1.92 $ in 2016). In the first issue, Wenner explained that the magazine's title referred to the 1950s blues song “Rollin 'Stone,” recorded by Muddy Waters, and Bob Dylan's hit “Like a Rolling Stone”:

You are probably wondering what we are trying to do. It's hard to say: a magazine and a newspaper. The name of this film is Rolling Stone, which comes from the old adage: "Rolling Stone does not collect moss". Muddy Waters used the name of the song he wrote.



The Rolling Stones take their name from the song Muddy. "Like a Rolling Stone" is the title of Bob Dylan's debut rock and roll album. We have started a new post reflecting changes in rock and roll and changes related to rock and roll. “- Jann Wenner, Rolling Stone, November 9, 1967, p. 2

Some writers only gave the name to the hit single Dylan: “At [Ralph's] suggestion, Gleason Wenner named his magazine after the song Bob Dylan. "

Rolling Stone magazine first identified and described the hippie counterculture of the time. However, he moved away from the underground newspapers of the day, such as Berkeley Barb, adopting more traditional journalistic standards and avoiding a radical underground press policy.

In the first issue, Wenner wrote that Rolling Stone magazine “is not only about music, but also the things and attitudes that music covers. "


Rolling Stones magazine dyears the 70s

Rolling Stone magazine began scoring his political coverage and journalist Gonzo Hunter S. Thompson wrote for the magazine's political department.

Thompson first published his most famous work Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas in Rolling Stone, which he edited until his death in 2005.

In the 1970s, the magazine helped start the careers of many outstanding authors, including Cameron Crowe, Lester Bangs, Joe Klein, Joe Eszterhas, Ben Fong-Torres, Patti Smith and PJ O'Rourke. During this time, the magazine published some of its most famous stories, including the story of the Odyssey kidnapping of Patty Hearst.

The interviewer, speaking on behalf of many of his peers, said he bought his first copy of the magazine when he arrived on his college campus, describing it as a "rite of passage".


Rolling Stone magazine

Rolling Stone magazine



the magazine moved its headquarters from San Francisco to New York. Editor-in-chief Jann Wenner said San Francisco has become a "cultural abyss".


Rolling Stones magazine 1980 to 1999

Change of Entertainment Magazine Rolling Stone magazine became an entertainment magazine in the 1980s.

He still had music as his main subject, but began to expand the reach of stars, movies, and pop culture. It has also started publishing its annual Hot Issue. Rolling Stone magazine was originally known for Thompson's musical stories and political reports.

In the 90s, the magazine changed its format to appeal to young readers interested in television programs for young people, film actors and popular music. This has led to criticism that the magazine focuses on style rather than content.


Rolling Stones magazine 2000-2015

After years of declining readership, the magazine once again enjoyed great interest and interest in the work of two young journalists in late 2000, Michael Hastings and Matt Taibbi.

In 2005, Dana Leslie Fields, former editor-in-chief of Rolling Stone magazine, who worked in the magazine for 17 years, was featured at the magazine's gallery of fame.

In 2009, Taibbi published a recognized series of fraudulent reports on the then financial crisis. He described Goldman Sachs as "a great vampire squid".

At the end of June 2010, the titles were included in the titles. Rolling Stone magazine sparked controversy in the White House by publishing an article by journalist Michael Hastings titled "The Runaway General" in the July issue, citing criticism from General Stanley A. McChrystal.

Commander of the International Security Support Force and Commander of the United States Forces in Afghanistan, on Vice President Joe Biden and many other members of the White House administration. McChrystal resigns from her post shortly after the release of her statements.

In 2010, Taibbi documented illegal and fraudulent bank activity in foreclosure courts, after traveling to Jacksonville, Florida, and attending court hearings.



His article, Invasion of the Home Snatchers, also documented attempts by the judge to intimidate a Taibbi landlord and lawyer in court.

In January 2012, the magazine published exclusive excerpts from Hastings' book just prior to its publication. The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America's War in Afghanistan gives a much broader view of McChrystal and the culture of senior American officers, and how they engage in such wars.

The book reached Amazon's bestseller list within the first 48 hours of publication and received generally positive reviews.

In 2012, Taibbi, thanks to a report on the Libor scandal, emerged as an expert in this area, which led to the emergence of media outside of Rolling Stone magazine.

On November 9, 2012, the magazine published its first section in Spanish on Latin music and culture, in a November 22 issue.


Rolling Stones magazine 2016 to today

New ownership In September 2016, Advertising Age announced that Wenner was selling 49% of the capital of the Singaporean company BandLab. The new investor was not directly involved in the editorial content of the magazine.

In September 2017, Wenner Media announced that the remaining 51% from Rolling Stone magazine were on sale. In December 2017, Penske Media acquired the remaining stake in Wenner Media.

On January 31, 2019, Penske acquired a 49% stake in BandLab in Rolling Stone magazine, acquiring full ownership of the warehouse.

Several artists have appeared on the cover multiple times, and some of these images have become iconic.

For example, The Beatles have appeared on the cover over 30 times, individually or in a group. The magazine is known for its provocative photographs and featured musicians and celebrities on the cover.

Vanity Fair called the January 22, 1981 cover starring John Lennon and Yoko Ono "the greatest Rolling Stone cover ever made."


Rolling Stone magazine

Rolling Stone magazine


A Rolling Stone restaurant

In December 2009, The Los Angeles Times reported that the owners of Rolling Stone magazine were planning to open a Rolling Stone restaurant at the Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood in the spring of 2010.

The restaurant was to become the first of a national chain if successful.

As of November 2010, the restaurant's “soft opening” is scheduled for December 2010. In 2011, the restaurant was open for lunch and dinner, as well as a full nightclub downstairs on weekends. The restaurant was closed in February 2013.


Rolling Stone magazine

Rolling Stone magazine


Rolling Stone magazine print format

The print format has undergone several changes. The first publications, in the years 1967-1972, were presented in the form of a complex tabloid newspaper, without staples, text in black ink and of a uniform color which changed with each edition.

Beginning in 1973, the editions were published on a four-color press with a different size of newsprint. In 1979, a bar code appeared.

In 1980, it became a large glossy (10 x 12 inch) magazine. The editions have changed to the standard 8 "× 11" magazine format from the October 30, 2008 issue. As of the July 2018 issue, they have reverted to the previous large 10 "× 12" format.

At one point, the site had a large discussion board. By the end of the 1990s, it had grown into a thriving community, with many permanent members and collaborators around the world.

However, the site was also plagued by numerous internet trolls and malicious code hackers who devastated the forum in significant ways.

The magazine abruptly deleted the forum in May 2004 and again at the end of 2005. It founded a much smaller community of discussion forums on its site only to delete it again in 2006.

Rolling Stone magazine

Rolling Stone magazine


In March 2008, the site again launched a new billboard, then discontinued in April 2010. Rolling Stone devotes one of the table of contents pages to promoting the materials currently on its website, providing detailed links to the articles.

On April 19, 2010, the website was redesigned and began to feature the full archive of Rolling Stone magazine. The archive was first launched in the paid model, but has since moved to the free subscription model with printing.

In the spring of 2012, Rolling Stone magazine launched a federated search function that searches both the site and the archives. The site has become an interactive source of biographical information on musical artists in addition to the magazine's historical rankings.

Users can use links and receive historical information. For example, the group mentioned in Rolling Stone magazine's 500 greatest albums of all time and Rolling Stone's 500 greatest songs of all time, Toots and Maytals, with biographies from Rolling Stone magazine, which explain how Toots and Maytals are in their song, found the term "Do the Reggay".

For biographical information on all the artists, the website contains an alphabetical directory.

Rolling Stone magazine


Rolling Stone magazine review

The main criticism of Rolling Stone magazine concerns the generational attitude of the '60s and' 70s. The reviewer cited Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs" list as an example of "broken rock fog".

In response to this issue, rock critic Jim DeRogatis, former publisher of Rolling Stone, published an in-depth review of the magazine's letter in the book Kill Your Idols: A New Generation Rock Writers Reconsiders the Classics, which contained various opinions from many younger reviews.

Rolling Stone magazine has been criticized for reviewing many classic albums it had previously rejected and for the frequent use of a 3.5-star rating. For example, Led Zeppelin was widely written off by critics at Rolling Stone magazine during the group's busiest years in the '70s, but in 2006 the group's cover honored them as "the toughest band of all. time ".

A reviewer from Slate magazine described a talk that reviewed The Rolling Stone Record Guide from 1984. As he described himself: “The guide almost ruthlessly ignored hip-hop and the heavy metal, two genres that will dominate the charts in a few years.

In a room full of music journalists, one could detect several restless titters: How many of us will want to read us file reviews in 20 years? "

The hiring of former FHM editor-in-chief Ed Needham enraged critics who claimed Rolling Stone magazine had lost its credibility.

A 2003 article, "100 Best Guitarists of All Time," Rolling Stone, which only mentioned two women, allowed Venus Zine to respond with her own list, titled "Greatest Guitarists of All Time."

Conservative columnist Jonah Goldberg said Rolling Stone magazine "has essentially become the national organ of the Democratic Committee."

Rolling Stone magazine editor-in-chief Jann Wenner has passed on all his political donations to Democrats. Rolling Stone magazine endorsed Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton ahead of the 2016 US presidential election.


Rolling Stone magazine

Rolling Stone magazine


The first 10 issues of  Rolling Stones magazine presented in cover

  • The Beatles

  • John lennon

  • Janis Joplin

  • Jimi Hendrix

  • Monterey Pop Festival

  • John Lennon and Paul McCartney

  • Eric Clapton Tina Turner

  • Jimi Hendrix, Donovan and Otis Redding

  • Jim Morrison


Rolling Stone magazine in popular culture

George Harrison's song “This Guitar” (1975), a lyrical continuation of his Beatles song “While My Guitar Gently Crying” (1968), refers to the magazine in the second verse: “I learned to stand up when I fall / can even climb the walls Rolling Stone magazine.

“The song was written in response to very bad reviews from Rolling Stone magazine and other publications for the tour of concerts Harrison 1974 and the Dark Horse album.

The 2000 film "Almost Famous" focuses on a teenage reporter writing for the magazine in the early 1970s, while also talking about the fictional group Stillwater.


The film was directed by Cameron Crowe and based on his own experience as a young reporter for the magazine during the same period.

“The Cover of Rolling Stone” is a song written by Shel Silverstein and first recorded by American rock band Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show.

The song has satirical success in the music business; the song's narrator regrets that his group, despite the superficial attributes of successful rock stars (including drug use, "the teenage groupies who will do whatever we say") and crazy guitar solo), failed to "get their Pictures on Cover of Rolling Stone magazine. "


Rolling Stone magazine


Rolling Stone magazine and Glixel

In May 2016, Wenner Media announced its intention to create a separate online publication dedicated to video games and video game culture.

Gus Wenner, son of Jann Wenner and then digital director, told the New York Times that “gambling is what rock and roll was when Rolling Stone magazine was created”. Glixel was hosted on the Rolling Stone website and in its own staging domain in October 2016.

The Glixel stories are on the Rolling Stone website, and the authors of Rolling Stone may also be contributing to the creation of Glixel. The site was managed by John Davison and his office was in San Francisco.

Rolling Stone magazine closed its offices in June 2017 and laid off all employees, citing difficulties in working with a location far from the main New York office. Brian Crecente, the founder of Kotaku and co-founder of the larger Polygon, was employed as managing editor and runs the site from the main New York office.

After selling Rolling Stone's assets to Penske Media Corporation, Glixel content was included in Variety's editing routine and Crecente remained editor-in-chief.


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