50 Years of Rolling Stone Magazine

50 years ago this week, Rolling Stone magazine debuted on store shelves.

The name was inspired by a couple themes in rock:

  • – The 1950 blues song, “Rollin’ Stone”, recorded by Muddy Waters
  • – The rock and roll band the Rolling Stones
  • – Bob Dylan’s hit single “Like a Rolling Stone”.
  • 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:


    Which issue of Rolling Stone is your favourite? Let us know in the comments below!


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