March 2, 2011

On The Cover of the Rolling Stone

The very first issue of The Rolling Stone:



All credibility of this once great magazine has officially been flushed.

The current issue has Snooki on the cover of it.

Snooki.

If you don't know who she is, I admire you.  If you do know, and like her, I'm sorry if I insulted you.

11 comments:

Malcolm said...
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Malcolm said...

Snooki appearing on the cover of RS is a bit ironic. She gained fame on a channel which used to mostly program music videos, before switching mostly to reality TV. Now she's on the cover of a magazine that was once arguably the best music publication in the biz. Hopefully RS doesn't suffer the same fate that MTV did.

TAD said...

Layla: ROLLING STONE has been pretty-much irrelevant 2 rock&roll 4 quite awhile. They've got to appeal 2 a younger pop-culture audience because that's where the money is. I don't think I've bought a copy of RS since Pink Floyd's Syd Barrett died a few years ago, & I remember being surprised that they mentioned his death on the cover.
RS Publisher Jann Wenner has always been about making money, & if there happened 2 B some REALLY GREAT writing in his magazine, that was almost accidental. A few months back when an RS reporter uncovered all the weirdness that was going on in Afghanistan & got General Stan McChrystal fired -- that was probably the bravest thing RS has printed in YEARS. & I remember being shocked that they actually had the nerve to print it.
I loved RS when I was younger too -- 1 of their books of music criticism really changed my life, & they still have some decent writing, but very little of it's what you'd call surprising. If you'd like 2 know how it got this way, track down Robert Draper's ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE: THE UNCENSORED HISTORY. It's worth it. Not only does it have great stories about The Old Days, it also goes in2 great depth about how RS got the way it is now.
& I predict Charlie Sheen will be on the cover of the next RS, with a headline that will go something like: "Charlie Sheen fights for his right to party!"

Guitarman5150 said...

You are so right. I've thought Rolling Stone has been a joke for many, many years! Keep up the good work. Call out the BS where you see it Layla!

Isorski said...

Just posted this comment to Seano's blog - a similar rant against RS and Snooki cover, and it bears repeating here:

If you can get past those awful covers, there are good articles in there. Profiles on Lemmy, Haggard, Kristofferson, Leon Russell, Levon Helm, Jeff Bridges, Chuck Berry.

Shit I even enjoyed the Elton John cover interview - I thought he was very honest and down to earth and I didn't think that was possible.

The print industry is dying, and they have to sell magazines. And remember, they put David Cassidy on the cover in the 70s!

Having said that, I could understand the Justin Beiber cover. He actually sold some records. But Snooki? Really? Even I did not understand that. Nothing to do with music, no talent at anything, not a big star except on the biggest show MTV has ever had but who cares? That was a wasted cover. I endure that shite for the more-frequently-than-you'd-expect gems.

PS my first issue was the Jim Morrison hot sexy and dead cover way back in the early 80s. At least he was a musician...

Vinny "Bond" Marini said...

Thanks Isorski for mentioning what was behind the cover.

In print the cover is there to get the magazine stand sales. It is immaterial to the subscriber.

I have been a subscriber since 1972 and actually have 95% of the covers since then stored.

There have been many strange selections for covers by the RS staff/Wenner over the years.

Tad, that reporter is Mike Taibbi and he has been doing some brilliant writing for a number of years. Exposing the Haliburton fiasco, the millions in cash that disappeared in Iraq...He has been exposing the banking screwups for years.

There is still some great political and music writing. The Elton story showed me a different side of the man.

Is it the magazine I read back in the 70's? Of course not. But music has changed too.

Vinny "Bond" Marini said...

Thanks Isorski for mentioning what was behind the cover.

In print the cover is there to get the magazine stand sales. It is immaterial to the subscriber.

I have been a subscriber since 1972 and actually have 95% of the covers since then stored.

There have been many strange selections for covers by the RS staff/Wenner over the years.

Tad, that reporter is Mike Taibbi and he has been doing some brilliant writing for a number of years. Exposing the Haliburton fiasco, the millions in cash that disappeared in Iraq...He has been exposing the banking screwups for years.

There is still some great political and music writing. The Elton story showed me a different side of the man.

Is it the magazine I read back in the 70's? Of course not. But music has changed too.

Vinny "Bond" Marini said...

gave you a little love over at www.musiconthecouch.com

Dan said...

I miss the music Layla!

Ohara said...

I subscribed to Rolling Stone for years and more recently bought the digital edition containing every issue from the first 40 years ending in 2007. The mag starting going downhill in the late 90s.

Adam said...

John Lennon to Snooki is definitely a HUGE downgrade. It happens though I guess, they need to make money. They do a better job with special issues than they do with regular issues.

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