50 years ago this week, Rolling Stone magazine debuted on store shelves.
The name was inspired by a couple themes in rock:
The biweekly magazine was founded in San Francisco by Jann Wenner (who still operates as the magazine’s publisher) and music critic Ralph J. Gleason. It gained a reputation because of its musical coverage, and later its political reporting by Hunter S. Thompson.
A pillar of music journalism, getting on the cover of the magazine has been considered a huge milestone in an artist’s career.
Here are some of our favourites:
Watch: A Rolling Stone retrospective on its 25th anniversary on MTV:
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