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{{About|the magazine|other uses|Rolling Stone (disambiguation)}}{{Distinguish|Rollin' Stone|The Rolling Stones}}{{short description|American magazine focusing on popular culture, based in New York City}}{{Use mdy dates|date=August 2019}}

| issn = 0035-791X}}Rolling Stone is an American monthly magazine that focuses on popular culture. It was founded in San Francisco, California, in 1967 by Jann Wenner, who is still the magazine's publisher, and the music critic Ralph J. Gleason. It was first known for its musical coverage of rock music and for political reporting by Hunter S. Thompson. In the 1990s, the magazine broadened and shifted its focus to a younger readership interested in youth-oriented television shows, film actors, and popular music. It has returned to its traditional mix of content, including music, entertainment, and politics. The first magazine was released in 1967 and featured John Lennon on the cover. It is known for provocative photography and its cover photos, featuring musicians, politicians, athletes, and actors. In addition to its print version in the United States, it publishes content through and numerous international editions. Penske Media Corporation is the current owner of Rolling Stone, purchasing 51 percent of the magazine in 2017 and the remaining 49 percent in 2019.


1967 to 1979: Founding and early history

Rolling Stone magazine was founded in San Francisco in 1967 by Jann Wenner and Ralph Gleason.{{Britannica|507165}} To get it off the ground, Wenner borrowed $7,500 from his own family and from the parents of his soon-to-be wife, Jane Schindelheim.WEB,weblink Wenner's World: The evolution of Jann Wenner. How the ultimate '60s rock groupie built his fantasy into a media empire, Weir, David, April 20, 1999, Salon, August 18, 2015, live,weblink" title="">weblink November 7, 2013, The first issue was released on November 9, 1967 and featured John Lennon on the cover.EPISODE, Pable Pawncasso, List of Pawn Stars episodes#Season 4, Pawn Stars, Pawn Stars season = 4Monterey Pop Festival.FRENCHTITLE=THE VERY FIRST ISSUES OF 19 FAMOUS MAGAZINESWORK=MENTAL FLOSSURL-STATUS=LIVEARCHIVEDATE=AUGUST 10, 2013, The cover price was 25¢ (equivalent to ${{Inflation0.25fmt=c|r=2}} in 2016).In the first issue,WEB, Rolling Stone 1967 Magazine Archives {{!, Rolling Stone|url=|website=Rolling Stone}} Wenner explained that the title of the magazine referred to the 1950 blues song "Rollin' Stone", recorded by Muddy Waters, and Bob Dylan's hit single "Like a Rolling Stone":}} Some authors have attributed the name solely to Dylan's hit single: "At [Ralph] Gleason's suggestion, Wenner named his magazine after a Bob Dylan song."Richardson, Peter (2009). A Bomb in Every Issue: How the Short, Unruly Life of Ramparts Magazine Changed America. (The New Press) p. 109 Rolling Stone initially identified with and reported the hippie counterculture of the era. However, it distanced itself from the underground newspapers of the time, such as Berkeley Barb, embracing more traditional journalistic standards and avoiding the radical politics of the underground press. In the very first edition, Wenner wrote that Rolling Stone "is not just about the music, but about the things and attitudes that music embraces".BOOK, MacDonald, Raymond A.R., Hargreaves, David John, Miell, Dorothy, Handbook of Musical Identities, 2017, Oxford University Press, 9780199679485,weblink 15 August 2019, In the 1970s, Rolling Stone began to make a mark with its political coverage, with the likes of gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson writing for the magazine's political section. Thompson first published his most famous work Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas within the pages of Rolling Stone, where he remained a contributing editor until his death in 2005.NEWS,weblink Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone: The Essential Writing of Hunter S Thompson – review, East, Ben, January 5, 2013, The Guardian, May 31, 2017, en-GB, 0261-3077, live,weblink June 2, 2017, In the 1970s, the magazine also helped launch the careers of many prominent authors, including Cameron Crowe, Lester Bangs, Joe Klein, Joe Eszterhas, Ben Fong-Torres, Patti Smith and P. J. O'Rourke. It was at this point that the magazine ran some of its most famous stories, including that of the Patty Hearst abduction odyssey. One interviewer, speaking for many his peers, said that he bought his first copy of the magazine upon initial arrival on his college campus, describing it as a "rite of passage".NEWS,weblink Literary 'Rolling Stone' sells out to male titillation, Freedman, Samuel G., 2002, USA Today, February 12, 2009, live,weblink" title="">weblink March 12, 2009, In 1977, the magazine moved its headquarters from San Francisco to New York City. Editor Jann Wenner said San Francisco had become "a cultural backwater".Temple, Charles (April 18, 2009) "Rolling Stone closes last S.F. office". {{webarchive|url= |date=August 14, 2014 }}. San Francisco Chronicle. (Retrieved August 13, 2014.)

1980 to 1999: Change to entertainment magazine

Rolling Stone shifted to more of an entertainment magazine in the 1980s. It still had music as the main topic but began to increase its coverage of celebrities, films, and pop culture. It also began releasing its annual "Hot Issue."BOOK, Johnson, Sammye, Prijatel, Patricia, The Magazine from Cover to Cover: Inside a Dynamic Industry, 1999, Indiana University, 9780658002298,weblink 15 August 2019, Rolling Stone was initially known for its musical coverage and for Thompson's political reporting. In the 1990s, the magazine changed its format to appeal to a younger readership interested in youth-oriented television shows, film actors, and popular music. This led to criticism that the magazine was emphasizing style over substance. In recent years, the magazine has resumed its traditional mix of content, including in-depth political stories. It has also expanded content to include coverage of financial and banking issues. As a result, the magazine has seen its circulation increase and its reporters invited as experts to network television programs of note.Bill Moyers, Matt Taibbi and Yves Smith on the Follies of Big Banks and Government {{webarchive|url= |date=December 11, 2014 }}, June 22, 2012The printed format has gone through several changes. The first publications, in 1967–72, were in folded tabloid newspaper format, with no staples, black ink text, and a single color highlight that changed each edition. From 1973 onwards, editions were produced on a four-color press with a different newsprint paper size. In 1979, the bar code appeared. In 1980, it became a gloss-paper, large format (10"×12") magazine. As of edition of October 30, 2008, Rolling Stone has had a smaller, standard-format magazine size.WEB, Rolling Stone ends large format after 4 decades, Anick, Jesdanun, Associated Press,weblink USA Today,

2000 to 2015: Expansion of readership

(File:RS 500 Front Cover.jpg|thumb|right|Rolling Stone cover from 2004.)After years of declining readership, the magazine experienced a major resurgence of interest and relevance with the work of two young journalists in the late 2000s, Michael Hastings and Matt Taibbi.{{citation needed|date=September 2016}}In 2005, Dana Leslie Fields, former publisher of Rolling Stone, who had worked at the magazine for 17 years, was an inaugural inductee into the Magazine Hall of Fame.WEB,weblink Rolling Stone Magazine, LA Music Awards, live,weblink" title="">weblink July 1, 2016, In 2009, Taibbi unleashed an acclaimed series of scathing reports on the financial meltdown of the time. He famously described Goldman Sachs as "a great vampire squid".NEWS, Zamansky, Jake, The Great Vampire Squid Keeps On Sucking,weblink 15 August 2019, Forbes, 8 August 2013, Bigger headlines came at the end of June 2010. Rolling Stone caused a controversy in the White House by publishing in the July issue an article by journalist Michael Hastings entitled, "The Runaway General",MAGAZINE, Michael Hastings,weblink The Runaway General – Stanley McChrystal, Obama's top commander in Afghanistan, has seized control of the war by never taking his eye off the real enemy: The wimps in the White House,, June 22, 2010, August 18, 2011, live,weblink" title="">weblink December 15, 2010, quoting criticism by General Stanley A. McChrystal, commander of the International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces-Afghanistan commander, about Vice President Joe Biden and other Administration members of the White House. McChrystal resigned from his position shortly after his statements went public.WEB,weblink The unlikely magazine that brought down a general – Rolling Stone has never been just about music,, June 26, 2010, August 18, 2011, live,weblink" title="">weblink September 2, 2006, NEWS, Jon Boone in Kabul,weblink Rolling Stone man who brought down Stanley McChrystal – Journalist Michael Hastings reveals how he got to write article that was praised by troops and led to US general's sacking, The Guardian, June 24, 2010, August 18, 2011, London, live,weblink" title="">weblink September 2, 2006, NEWS, Cooper, Helene,weblink Obama Says Afghan Policy Won't Change After Dismissal,, June 23, 2010, August 18, 2011, live,weblink" title="">weblink July 25, 2012, WEB,weblink Statement by the President in the Rose Garden,, June 23, 2010, August 18, 2011, dead,weblink" title="">weblink April 30, 2011, In 2010, Taibbi documented illegal and fraudulent actions by banks in the foreclosure courts, after traveling to Jacksonville, Florida and sitting in on hearings in the courtroom. His article, Invasion of the Home Snatchers also documented attempts by the judge to intimidate a homeowner fighting foreclosure and the attorney Taibbi accompanied into the court.Taibbi, Matt, Invasion of the Home Snatchers {{webarchive|url= |date=June 20, 2012 }}, Rolling Stone, November 10, 2010Charney, April, "that day ... a stain on Jacksonville" statement, December 14, 2011 Occupy Jax advised by foreclosure attorney, 10:30–11:00, YouTube video uploaded December 15, 2011 {{YouTube|AYtbCfIrR3U}}In January 2012, the magazine ran exclusive excerpts from Hastings' book just prior to publication.WEB, The Operators by Michael Hastings: 10 Juicy Bits,weblink Rolling Stone, February 17, 2016, live,weblink" title="">weblink February 23, 2016, mdy-all, The book, The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America's War in Afghanistan, provided a much more expansive look at McChrystal and the culture of senior American military and how they become embroiled in such wars. The book reached Amazon's bestseller list in the first 48 hours of release, and it received generally favorable reviews. Salon's Glenn Greenwald described it as "superb," "brave" and "eye-opening".NEWS,weblink Michael Hastings on war journalists,, January 6, 2012, January 9, 2012, dead,weblink" title="">weblink December 8, 2011, In 2012, Taibbi, through his coverage of the Libor scandal,Taibbi, Matt, "Why is Nobody Freaking Out About the LIBOR Scandal?" {{webarchive|url= |date=July 7, 2012 }}. Rolling Stone, July 3, 2012 emerged as an expert on that topic, which led to media appearances outside Rolling Stone.WEB,weblink Matt Taibbi and Yves Smith on the Follies of Big Banks and Government,, December 6, 2014, live,weblink" title="">weblink December 11, 2014, July 4, 2012 Viewpoint with Elliot Sputzer {{webarchive|url= |date=July 11, 2012 }}On November 9, 2012, the magazine published its first Spanish-language section on Latino music and culture, in the issue dated November 22.Newman, Andrew Adam (November 6, 2012). "Rolling Stone Pages Aimed at Latinos, Even the Ads" {{webarchive|url= |date=May 24, 2017 }}. The New York Times.Moreno, Carolina (November 12, 2012). "Rolling Stone Magazine Publishes First Spanish-Language Section On Latino Music And Culture" {{webarchive|url= |date=April 2, 2015 }}. The Huffington Post.

2016 to present: New ownership

In September 2016, Advertising Age reported that Wenner is in the process of selling a 49% stake of the magazine to a company from Singapore called BandLab. The new investor had no direct involvement in the editorial content of the magazine.NEWS,weblink Jann Wenner Sells 49% of Rolling Stone to Singapore's BandLab, Advertising Age, Bloomberg News, September 25, 2016, September 26, 2016, live,weblink" title="">weblink September 26, 2016, In September 2017, Wenner Media announced that the remaining 51% of Rolling Stone magazine is up for sale.WEB,weblink Rolling Stone magazine up for sale, Alanna Petroff and Tom Kludt, September 18, 2017, CNNMoney, September 24, 2017, In December 2017, Penske Media acquired the remaining stake from Wenner Media.NEWS, Ember, Sydney, Rolling Stone Publisher Sells Majority Stake to Penske, Owner of Variety,weblink November 8, 2018, The New York Times, December 20, 2017, On January 31, 2019, Penske acquired BandLab's 49% stake in Rolling Stone, gaining full ownership of the magazine.WEB,weblink Penske Media Corporation Acquires Full Ownership of 'Rolling Stone', January 31, 2019, Billboard,


{{See also|List of people on the United States cover of Rolling Stone}}
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Some artists have been featured on the cover many times, and some of these pictures went on to become iconic. The Beatles, for example, have appeared on the cover more than 30 times, either individually or as a band.NEWS, Wenner, Jann, 2006,weblink Our 1000th Issue – Jann Wenner looks back on 39 years of Rolling Stone, Rolling Stone, September 21, 2006, live,weblink" title="">weblink September 2, 2006, The magazine is known for provocative photography and has featured musicians and celebrities on the cover throughout its history.NEWS, Havers, Richard, On The Cover Of The ‘Rolling Stone’,weblink 15 August 2019, uDiscoverMusic, 9 November 2018, Vanity Fair called the January 22, 1981 cover featuring John Lennon and Yoko Ono the "Greatest Rolling Stone Cover Ever".WEB, September 29, 2017, Joe Hagan, Jann Wenner, John Lennon, and the Greatest Rolling Stone Cover Ever,weblink Vanity Fair (magazines), Vanity Fair, The first 10 issues featured, in order of appearance, the following:


Rolling Stone{{'}}s maintains a website where it shares similar content to its print publication.{{cn|date=August 2019}}The site at one time had an extensive message-board forum. By the late 1990s, this had developed into a thriving community, with many regular members and contributors worldwide. However, the site was also plagued with numerous Internet trolls and malicious code-hackers, who vandalized the forum substantially.WEB,weblink Castaways – Troll Tribunal,, August 18, 2011, dead,weblink" title="">weblink February 11, 2008, The magazine abruptly deleted the forum in May 2004, then began a new, much more limited message board community on their site in late 2005, only to remove it again in 2006. In March 2008, the website started a new message board section once again, then deleted it in April 2010.Rolling Stone devotes one of its table of contents pages to promoting material currently appearing on its website, listing detailed links to the items.On April 19, 2010, the website underwent a redesign and began featuring the complete archives of Rolling Stone.WEB,weblink Rolling Stone All Access,, June 20, 2012, live,weblink" title="">weblink June 17, 2012, The archive was first launched under a for-pay model, but has since transitioned to a free-with-print-subscription model.WEB,weblink Rolling Stone All Access-Subscribe to Rolling Stone,, June 20, 2012, dead,weblink November 5, 2012, In the spring of 2012, Rolling Stone launched a federated search feature which searches both the website and the archive.MAGAZINE,weblink Federated Rolling Stone search for 'wiki',, June 20, 2012, live,weblink" title="">weblink September 24, 2015, The website has become an interactive source of biographical information on music artists in addition to historical rankings from the magazine. Users can cross-reference lists and they are also provided with historical insights. For example, one group that is listed on both Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time is Toots and the Maytals, with biographical details from Rolling Stone that explain how Toots and the Maytals are responsible for coining the term "reggae" in their song "Do the Reggay".Rolling Stone. "453. Toots and the Maytals, 'Pressure Drop'" Rolling Stone magazine. Web. April 7, 2011. Retrieved December 16, 2016. WEB,weblink The 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time, December 16, 2016, live,weblink" title="">weblink November 24, 2016, Rolling Stone. "380. Toots and the Maytals, 'Funky Kingston'" Rolling Stone magazine. Web. May 31, 2012. Retrieved December 16, 2016. WEB,weblink The 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time, December 16, 2016, live,weblink" title="">weblink January 20, 2017, For biographical information on all artists, the website contains a directory listed alphabetically.Rolling Stone. "Artists". Rolling Stone magazine. Web. Retrieved December 16, 2016. WEB,weblink Artists, April 30, 2010, live,weblink" title="">weblink April 27, 2010,


{{anchor|Glixel}}In May 2016, Wenner Media announced plans to create a separate online publication dedicated to the coverage of video games and video game culture. Gus Wenner, Jann Wenner's son and head of digital for the publication at the time, told The New York Times that "gaming is today what rock 'n' roll was when Rolling Stone was founded". Glixel was originally hosted on Rolling Stone{{'}}s website and transitioned to its own domain by October 2016. Stories from Glixel are included on the Rolling Stone website, while writers for Rolling Stone were also able to contribute to Glixel. The site was headed by John Davison, and its offices were located in San Francisco.WEB,weblink Wenner Media to Launch Glixel Website as Lifeline for Gamers, Sydney, Ember, May 22, 2016, December 16, 2016, The New York Times, live,weblink May 24, 2017, mdy-all, WEB,weblink Wenner Media to Launch Gaming Site 'Glixel', Chris, O'Shea, May 23, 2016, December 16, 2016, Adweek, live,weblink" title="">weblink December 22, 2016, mdy-all, Rolling Stone closed down the offices in June 2017 and fired the entire staff, citing the difficulties of working with the remote site from their main New York office. Brian Crecente, founder of Kotaku and co-founder of bigger Polygon, was hired as editorial director and runs the site from the main New York office.WEB,weblink Glixel's San Francisco office closed, team laid off, James, Batchelor, July 3, 2017, July 3, 2017,, live,weblink" title="">weblink July 3, 2017, mdy-all, Following the sale of Rolling Stone{{'}}s assets to Penske Media Corporation, the Glixel content was merged into the routine publishing of Variety, with Crecente remaining as editorial director.WEB,weblink Brian Crecente Joins Variety as New Video Games Editor, April 6, 2019, April 12, 2019, Variety (magazine), Variety,

Editorial stance

Rolling Stone endorsed Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in the run-up for the 2016 U.S. presidential election.NEWS, Editorial: Hillary Clinton for president,weblink Rolling Stone, March 23, 2016,


In December 2009, the Los Angeles Times reported that the owners of Rolling Stone magazine planned to open a Rolling Stone restaurant in the Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood in the spring of 2010.NEWS, Vincent, Roger, Rolling Stone to launch restaurant chain in L.A,weblink Los Angeles Times, October 22, 2010, December 4, 2009, live,weblink" title="">weblink October 13, 2010, The expectation was that the restaurant could become the first of a national chain if it was successful.NEWS,weblink How Rolling Stone's Hollywood and Highland Restaurant Will Differ From Hard Rock Cafe's, May 24, 2010, Grub Street Los Angeles (New York magazine), Hadley Tomicki, live,weblink" title="">weblink August 5, 2010, As of November 2010, the "soft opening" of the restaurant was planned for December 2010.WEB,weblink Two Floors of Fun at Rolling Stone Restaurant and Lounge, November 8, 2010,, December 21, 2010, live,weblink" title="">weblink July 21, 2011, In 2011, the restaurant was open for lunch and dinner as well as a full night club downstairs on the weekends.WEB,weblink Rolling Stone Restaurant, May 31, 2011,weblink" title="">weblink July 28, 2011, The restaurant closed in February 2013.WEB, Tomicki, Hadley,weblink But It's All Over Now: Rolling Stone Restaurant Folds in Hollywood – Grub Street Los Angeles,, February 27, 2013, July 18, 2013, live,weblink" title="">weblink July 3, 2013,


One major criticism of Rolling Stone involves its generational bias toward the 1960s and 1970s. One critic referred to the Rolling Stone list of the "500 Greatest Songs" as an example of "unrepentant rockist fogeyism". In further response to this issue, rock critic Jim DeRogatis, a former Rolling Stone editor, published a thorough critique of the magazine's lists in a book called Kill Your Idols: A New Generation of Rock Writers Reconsiders the Classics, which featured differing opinions from many younger critics.July 4, 2004. Idle worship, or revisiting the classics. Jim DeRogatis. Chicago Sun-Times. Article discussing intention of book {{webarchive|url= |date=July 14, 2011 }}Rolling Stone magazine has been criticized for reconsidering many classic albums that it had previously dismissed, and for frequent use of the 3.5-star rating. For example, Led Zeppelin was largely written off by Rolling Stone magazine critics during the band's most active years in the 1970s, but by 2006, a cover story on the band honored them as "the Heaviest Band of All Time".WEB,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink dead, June 30, 2007, Documentation of attempt to change reviews,, August 18, 2011, A critic for Slate magazine described a conference at which 1984's The Rolling Stone Record Guide was scrutinized. As he described it, "The guide virtually ignored hip-hop and ruthlessly panned heavy metal, the two genres that within a few years would dominate the pop charts. In an auditorium packed with music journalists, you could detect more than a few anxious titters: How many of us will want our record reviews read back to us 20 years hence?"WEB, Rosen, Jody,weblink Does hating rock make you a music critic?, Slate, May 9, 2006, August 18, 2011, live,weblink" title="">weblink August 26, 2011, The hiring of former FHM editor Ed Needham further enraged critics who alleged that Rolling Stone had lost its credibility.NEWS,weblink The death of Rolling Stone,, June 28, 2002, August 18, 2011, dead,weblink" title="">weblink December 20, 2009, The 2003 "Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Guitarists of all Time" article, which named only two female musicians, resulted in Venus Zine answering with their own list, entitled "The Greatest Female Guitarists of All Time".WEB,weblink The Greatest Female Guitarists of All Time, Thurston, Bonnie, March 1, 2008, Venus Zine,weblink" title="">weblink September 17, 2010, dead, October 15, 2010, Conservative columnist Jonah Goldberg stated that Rolling Stone had "essentially become the house organ of the Democratic National Committee".WEB,weblink Very Different Visions, Jonah Goldberg,, live,weblink" title="">weblink September 12, 2016, Rolling Stone editor Jann Wenner has made all of his political donations to Democrats.NEWS,weblink Jann Wenner Campaign Contributions and Donations â€“ Huffington Post,, September 22, 2010, October 15, 2010, dead,weblink" title="">weblink November 26, 2011, Rolling Stone{{'}}s film critic, Peter Travers, has been criticized for his high number of repetitively used blurbs.WEB,weblink Criticwatch 2008 – The Whores of the Year, Childress, Erik,, April 3, 2010, live,weblink" title="">weblink August 18, 2017, WEB,weblink Criticwatch 2009 – The Whores of the Year, Childress, Erik,, April 3, 2010, live,weblink" title="">weblink August 18, 2017,

Tsarnaev cover

The August 2013 Rolling Stone cover, featuring then-accused (later convicted) Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, drew widespread criticism that the magazine was "glamorizing terrorism" and that the cover was a "slap in the face to the great city of Boston".NEWS,weblink Rolling Stone cover featuring Boston Marathon bombing suspect stirs online backlash, July 17, 2013,, live,weblink" title="">weblink July 17, 2013, mdy-all, The online edition of the article was accompanied by a short editorial stating that the story "falls within the traditions of journalism and Rolling Stone's long-standing commitment to serious and thoughtful coverage of the most important political and cultural issues of our day".WEB, Reitman, Janet, Jahar's World,weblink Rolling Stone, July 24, 2013, July 17, 2013, live,weblink" title="">weblink July 26, 2013, The controversial cover photograph that was used by Rolling Stone had previously featured on the front page of The New York Times on May 5, 2013.NEWS, Wemple, Erik, Rolling Stone's Tsarnaev: Did the New York Times face a backlash?,weblink The Washington Post, July 24, 2013, live,weblink" title="">weblink July 22, 2013, In response to the outcry, New England-based CVS Pharmacy and Tedeschi Food Shops banned their stores from carrying the issue.NEWS,weblink Rolling Stone's 'The Bomber' Issue Banned By CVS, Tedeschi Foods, July 17, 2013, The Huffington Post, live,weblink" title="">weblink July 18, 2013, mdy-all, Also refusing to sell the issue were Walgreens;NEWS,weblink Christopher Seward, Rolling Stone defends mag cover; CVS, Walgreens drop Rolling Stone edition on Boston Marathon suspect, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, July 17, 2013, July 17, 2013, live,weblink" title="">weblink July 20, 2013, mdy-all, Rite-Aid and Kmart;NEWS,weblink Retailers, rock stars rip Rolling Stone's Boston bomber cover, Fox News, July 18, 2013, July 18, 2013, live,weblink" title="">weblink July 19, 2013, mdy-all, Roche Bros. and Stop & Shop;NEWS,weblink CVS Boycotting Rolling Stone Over Boston Bomber Cover, TMZ, July 17, 2013, live,weblink" title="">weblink July 19, 2013, mdy-all, H-E-B and Walmart;NEWS,weblink Neal Morton, H-E-B won't be selling a roiling Rolling Stone, The Houston Chronicle, July 18, 2013, July 19, 2013, live,weblink" title="">weblink July 22, 2013, mdy-all, 7-Eleven;WEB, Robert Wilonsky, Dallas-based 7-Eleven joins list of retailers banning issue of 'Rolling Stone' featuring Dzhokhar Tsarnaev,weblink Dallas Morning News, July 18, 2013, dead,weblink" title="">weblink July 21, 2013, Hy-Vee, Rutter's Farm, and United Supermarkets;NEWS,weblink More C-store Retailers Join Rolling Stone Boycott, Convenience Store News, July 18, 2013, July 19, 2013, dead,weblink" title="">weblink July 22, 2013, mdy-all, Cumberland Farms and Market Basket;NEWS,weblink Some stores won't sell new issue of 'Rolling Stone', CW 56 Boston, July 17, 2013, dead,weblink" title="">weblink December 12, 2013, mdy-all, and Shaw's.NEWS,weblink Mass. supermarkets won't carry Rolling Stone's Tsarnaev cover, The Lowell Sun, July 17, 2013, live,weblink" title="">weblink December 13, 2013, mdy-all, Boston mayor Thomas Menino sent a letter to Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner, calling the cover "ill-conceived, at best ... [it] reaffirms a message that destruction gains fame for killers and their 'causes'." Menino also wrote, "To respond to you in anger is to feed into your obvious market strategy", and that Wenner could have written about the survivors or the people who came to help after the bombings instead. In conclusion he wrote, "The survivors of the Boston Marathon deserve Rolling Stone cover stories, though I no longer feel that Rolling Stone deserves them."WEB,weblink Tijdlijnfoto's, Facebook, July 18, 2013, live,weblink January 1, 2016,

UVA false rape story

In the November 19, 2014 issue, the story "A Rape on Campus" was run about an alleged gang rape on the campus of the University of Virginia.NEWS, Erdely, Sabrina, A Rape on Campus: A Brutal Assault and Struggle for Justice at UVA,weblink March 14, 2015, (, November 19, 2014, dead,weblink" title="">weblink March 13, 2015, {{cbignore}} Separate inquiries by Phi Kappa Psi, the fraternity accused by Rolling Stone of facilitating the alleged rape, and The Washington Post revealed major errors, omissions and discrepancies in the story.NEWS, Wemple, Erik, December 2, 2014,weblink Rolling Stone whiffs in reporting on alleged rape, The Washington Post, November 24, 2016, NEWS, Shapiro, T. Rees, December 10, 2014, U-Va. students challenge Rolling Stone account of alleged sexual assault,weblink The Washington Post, November 24, 2016, live,weblink November 23, 2016, Reporter Sabrina Erdely's story was subject to intense media criticism.NEWS, Schow, Ashe, December 3, 2014, If false, Rolling Stone story could set rape victims back decades,weblink The Washington Examiner, December 5, 2014, live,weblink" title="">weblink December 3, 2014, The Washington Post and Boston Herald issued calls for magazine staff involved in the report to be fired.NEWS, December 7, 2014, Apparently, this Rolling Stone gathers no facts, Adriana Cohen,weblink Boston Herald, December 7, 2014, live,weblink" title="">weblink December 7, 2014, Rolling Stone subsequently issued three apologies for the story. Some suggested that legal action against the magazine by persons accused of the rape might result.NEWS, December 5, 2014, Civil, Criminal Lawsuits: Possible Outcomes of Rolling Stone Expose,weblink WCAV, December 5, 2014, live,weblink" title="">weblink September 2, 2006, On December 5, 2014, Rolling Stone{{'}}s managing editor, Will Dana, apologized for not fact-checking the story.WEB,weblink A Note to Our Readers, Rolling Stone, live,weblink" title="">weblink September 3, 2015, Rolling Stone commissioned an outside investigation of the story and its problems by the dean of the Columbia School of Journalism. The report uncovered journalistic failure in the UVA story and institutional problems with reporting at Rolling Stone.WEB,weblink Columbia Journalism School report blasts Rolling Stone, Erik Wemple, April 5, 2015, Washington Post, live,weblink" title="">weblink April 7, 2015, Rolling Stone retracted the story on April 5, 2015.WEB,weblink Page 5 of Rolling Stone and UVA: The Columbia School of Journalism Report, Rolling Stone, live,weblink" title="">weblink April 6, 2015, On April 6, 2015, following the investigation and retraction of the story, Phi Kappa Psi announced plans to pursue all available legal action against Rolling Stone, including claims of defamation.NEWS,weblink The Wall Street Journal, Jacob, Gershman, April 7, 2015, Sizing Up Phi Kappa Psi's Potential Suit Against Rolling Stone, live,weblink May 24, 2017, On May 12, 2015, UVA associate dean Nicole Eramo, chief administrator for handling sexual assault issues at the school, filed a $7.5 million defamation lawsuit in Charlottesville Circuit Court against Rolling Stone and Erdely, claiming damage to her reputation and emotional distress. Said the filing, "Rolling Stone and Erdely's highly defamatory and false statements about Dean Eramo were not the result of an innocent mistake. They were the result of a wanton journalist who was more concerned with writing an article that fulfilled her preconceived narrative about the victimization of women on American college campuses, and a malicious publisher who was more concerned about selling magazines to boost the economic bottom line for its faltering magazine, than they were about discovering the truth or actual facts."Shapiro, T. Rees, "U-Va. dean sues Rolling Stone for 'false' portrayal in retracted rape story {{webarchive|url= |date=May 13, 2015 }}", Washington Post, May 12, 2015 On November 4, 2016, after 20 hours of deliberation,WEB,weblink Jury says Rolling Stone article defamed UVa administrator, Lauren, Berg, live,weblink" title="">weblink September 2, 2006, a jury consisting of eight women and two men found Rolling Stone, the magazine's publisher and Erdely liable for defaming Eramo.WEB,weblink Rolling Stone trial: Jury finds magazine liable for defamation for discredited rape story, Julia, Horowitz, November 4, 2016, live,weblink" title="">weblink November 5, 2016, On July 29, 2015, three graduates of the fraternity Phi Kappa Psi filed a lawsuit against Rolling Stone, its publisher Wenner Media, and a journalist for defamation and infliction of emotional distress.NEWS, Virginia college graduates sue Rolling Stone over rape story,weblink Reuters, July 29, 2015, July 30, 2015, live,weblink" title="">weblink August 2, 2015, The same day, and just months after the controversy began, The New York Times reported that managing editor Will Dana was departing the magazine with his last date recorded as August 7, 2015.NEWS, Will Dana, Rolling Stone's Managing Editor, to Depart,weblink New York Times, July 29, 2015, August 17, 2015, Ravi, Somaiya, live,weblink" title="">weblink August 2, 2015, On November 9, 2015, the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity filed suit for $25 million for damages to its reputation caused by the magazine's publication of this story, "with reckless disregard for the truth".NEWS, Shapiro, T. Rees, U-Va. fraternity files $25 million lawsuit against Rolling Stone,weblink November 9, 2015, Washington Post, November 9, 2015, live,weblink June 1, 2016, NEWS, Simpson, Ian, Virginia fraternity sues Rolling Stone over rape story,weblink November 9, 2015, Reuters, AOL, November 9, 2015, live,weblink" title="">weblink October 7, 2016,

In popular culture

George Harrison's song "This Guitar" (1975), a lyrical sequel to his Beatles track "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" (1968), references the magazine in its second verse: "Learned to get up when I fall / Can even climb Rolling Stone walls". The song was written in response to some highly unfavorable reviews from Rolling Stone and other publications for Harrison's 1974 North American tour and the Dark Horse album.BOOK, Leng, Simon, While My Guitar Gently Weeps: The Music of George Harrison, Hal Leonard, Milwaukee, WI, 2006, 181–82, BOOK, Clayson, Alan, George Harrison, Sanctuary, London, 2003, 350, The 2000 film Almost Famous centers on a teenage journalist writing for the magazine in the early 1970s while covering the fictional band Stillwater. The film was directed by Cameron Crowe and based on his own experiences as a young journalist for the magazine in the same time period."Biography," The Uncool: The Official Website for Everything Cameron Crowe. Accessed December 14, 2014."The Cover of Rolling Stone" is a song written by Shel Silverstein and first recorded by American rock group Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show. The song satirizes success in the music business; the song's narrator laments that his band, despite having the superficial attributes of a successful rock star (including drug usage, "teenage groupies, who'll do anything we say", and a frenetic guitar solo), has been unable to "get their pictures on the cover of the Rolling Stone".

International editions

  • Argentina – Published by Publirevistas S. A. since April 1998. This edition also circulates in Bolivia, Paraguay and Uruguay.
  • Australia – Rolling Stone Australia began as a supplement in 1969 in Revolution magazine. It became a full title in 1971 published by Phillip Frazer. It was published by Silvertongues from 1974 to 1987 and by nextmedia Pty Ltd, Sydney until 2008. Notable editors and contributors include Phillip Frazer, Alistair Jones, Paul and Jane Gardiner, Toby Creswell, Clinton Walker and Kathy Bail. It was the longest running international edition but closed in January 2018.WEB,weblink Rolling Stone Australia To Close, Wise, Brian, January 31, 2018, Addicted to Noise,
  • Brazil – Published in Brazil since October 2006 by Spring Comunicações.
  • Bulgaria – Published in Bulgaria since November 2009 by Sivir Publications. Ceased publication as of the August/September 2011 issue.
  • Chile – Published by Edu Comunicaciones from May 2003 to December 2005. Published by El Mercurio from January 2006 to December 2011.
  • China – Rolling Stone in mainland China was licensed to One Media Group of Hong Kong and published in partnership with China Record Corporation in 2006. The magazine was in Chinese with translated articles and local content. It halted publication after one year.
  • Croatia – Published since October 2013 – 2015 by S3 Mediji. This edition also circulates in Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia.
  • Colombia – Edited in Bogotá for Colombia, Ecuador, Perú, Panama and Venezuela, since 1991.
  • France – Launched 2002. This edition temporarily ceased in 2007 and was relaunched in May 2008 under license with 1633SA publishing group.
  • Germany – Published in Germany since 1994 by Axel Springer AG.
  • India – Launched in March 2008 by MW Com, publishers of Man's World magazine.
  • Indonesia – Published in Indonesia from June 2005 to January 1, 2018WEB,weblink Rolling Stone Indonesia officially shuts down, The Jakarta Post, January 1, 2018, January 8, 2018, by a&e Media.
  • Italy – Published in Italy since 1980. After ceasing publication in 1982, it was relaunched in November 2003, first by IXO Publishing, and then by Editrice Quadratum until April 2014. The magazine is currently published by Luciano Bernardini de Pace Editore.October edition: Fedez and the MTV Digital Days (The C.I.P)
  • Japan – Launched in March 2007 by International Luxury Media Co., Ltd. (ILM). Published by {{nihongo|atomixmedia Inc.|株式会社アトミックスメディア|KK atomikkusumedia}} since 2011.
  • Mexico – Published by PRISA Internacional from 2002 until May 2009; from June 2009 it is published by Editorial Televisa (subsidiary of Televisa) under license.
  • Middle East – Published in Dubai by HGW Media since November 2010.
  • Russia – Published since 2004, by Motor Media.
  • Spain – Published by PROGRESA (subsidiary of PRISA Group) in Madrid, since 1999.
  • Turkey – Published since June 2006 by GD Gazete Dergi.
  • South Africa – Published since November 2011.
  • United Kingdom – Published under the title Friends from 1969 to 1972.

See also

Additional reading

  • NEWS, Ember, Sydney, Rolling Stone, Once a Counterculture Bible, Will Be Put Up for Sale, The New York Times, September 17, 2017,weblink 0362-4331,
  • BOOK, Bashe, Patricia R., George-Warren, Holly, The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll, Fireside, New York, 0-7432-9201-4, Pareles, Jon, 2005, 1983,
  • BOOK, The Rolling Stone Album Guide, The New Rolling Stone Album Guide, Brackett, Nathan, Hoard, Christian, 2004, 1979, 1983, 1992, Simon & Schuster, New York, 0-7432-0169-8,
  • BOOK, The Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock & Roll, Miller, Jim, 1980, 1976, Random House, New York, 0-394-51322-3,
  • BOOK, Rolling Stone Cover to Cover – the First 40 Years: Searchable Digital Archive-Every Page, Every Issue, 2007, Bondi Digital Pub, Renton, WA, 978-0-9795261-0-7,
  • BOOK, The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide, Swenson, John, 1985, Rolling Stone, New York, 0-394-72643-X,



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