Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Today's cover story

Rolling Stone, wanna see my picture on the cover
Rolling Stone, wanna buy five copies for my mother
Rolling Stone, wanna see my smilin' face
On the cover of the Rolling Stone

On this day in 1967 John Lennon was on the cover of the first issue of Rolling Stone, which promised to cover "things and attitudes that music embraces."  You know, things. Like music, politics, culture (and counter culture) and, well, music.

The Beatles or their individual members would grace dozens of these covers. Here were the first 10:
1. John Lennon
2. Tina Turner
3. The Beatles
4. Jimi Hendrix, Donovan and Otis Redding
5. Jim Morrison
6. Janis Joplin
7. Jimi Hendrix
8. Monterey Pop Festival
9. John Lennon and Paul McCartney
10. Eric Clapton

Five years after the magazine launch Dr. John and the Medicine Show hit the charts with the Shel Silverstein penned "On the Cover of Rolling Stone," and three months later they made it to the Promised Land.  Check out the link below, showing some very burned out hombres singing their hit song:



  1. Recent issue naming and commenting on the Beatles Top 100 Songs is good reading.

  2. I don't wanna declare a Rolling Stone cover jinx, but ...