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Rolling Stone Cover to Cover: The First 40 Years Hardcover – October 9, 2007

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System Requirements
  • Platform: Windows 2000 SP2 / XP / Vista, Mac OS X Minimum
  • 512 MB of RAM (1 GB RAM recommended)
  • 750 MB of free hard drive space
  • Minimum screen resolution 1024 x 768
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

Software Features
  • Easy to use and searchable digital archive with every issue, every page (even the ads!) of Rolling Stone from the last 40 years on 4 DVD-ROMs
  • Includes the powerful Bondi Reader and search engine (Mac or PC). Find and read any award winning cover story, interview, photo or review in seconds
  • The browse-by-cover feature lets you visually locate any issue by its cover--simply click the cover and the issue opens to read
  • Over 1,000 complete printable issues--cover to cover, that’s over 98,000 scanned pages, completely indexed and searchable
  • Custom reading lists let you organize the collection any way you want
Book Description

Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, Rolling Stone stoked the imagination of America's social revolutionaries and fueled the careers of brilliant writers like Tom Wolfe, Hunter S. Thompson, Joe Klein, Cameron Crowe, P.J. O'Rourke and visionary photographers including Annie Leibovitz, Mark Seliger and Baron Wolman.

Rolling Stone Cover to Cover is a backstage pass to four decades of popular culture--a DVD ROM-based, searchable digital archive of every issue of Rolling Stone magazine from 1967 to 2007. Browse issues 1 through 1026 – over 98,000 searchable pages, exactly as they first appeared in print--every story, review, interview and even every ad.

This exclusive box set also comes with a photo-filled, 208–page page companion coffee table book providing a vivid behind-the-scenes look at the magazines history, from birth to today and includes a bonus one-year subscription to Rolling Stone (a $12.95 value). See certificate inside package for offer and rebate details.

The product includes the Bondi Reader, powerful MAC or PC browsing software that allows you to explore, search and view every page, and to arrange and save multiple reading lists. The ultimate pop culture reference tool, this essential collection is a must-have for all music fans, political junkies, nostalgia buffs and collectors.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Bondi Digital Publishing; Har/DVD edition (October 9, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979526108
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979526107
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 9.8 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #252,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Hellfrick on October 28, 2007
Dynamite packaging. Easy-to-use interface. Wonderful book. From head to toe, this is an awesome thing! To have so much information easily at my fingertips is amazing. I didn't think it would be possible, but great strides have been made in design that actually make this feel akin to browsing through a magazine. I'm an old dog and have always been skeptical of reading books or magazines on my computer. True, if I had the room, I'd prob. prefer to have all of these magazines in front of me, but, again, I'm very impressed at how easily information and articles were accessible to me and, most importantly, NOT a headache to read.

As for the content, well, who's to say. 40 years of anything has highs and lows, and Rolling Stone is no different. After 2 decades of hearing my uncle say, "It's not as good as it used to be," it's great to see how right (and wrong!) he is. Firsthand.

Highly recommended.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth M. Gelwasser VINE VOICE on November 25, 2007
When I was a preteen at the begining of the mid 1970's, I was just starting to get into my lifelong obsession with music. I had a tiny record album collection (remember those??) which was a mixture of mostly classic rock. One day my older teenage brother stopped by my room carrying a big ol' cardboard box. Inside was huge pile of magazines with the enigmatic title "Rolling Stone". "I'll swap you these for some of your records" he said. He gathered up a handful of records (including a now rare version of the Dead's "Blues For Allah") and off he went.

To this day I have no ideal, why I took him up on his offer. Maybe it was the fear of being beat up, maybe it was just my own curiosity. But over the years, I would spend hours and hours just poring over those old issues (mostly from the late 60's to the mid 70's) learning all about the music, culture & events of the previous generation, which just fascinated me. I learned about events such as Woodstock, Watergate, even the Patty Hearst kidnapping. It gave me musical heroes such as John Lennon, George Harrison, CSNY, Lou Reed The Band, David Bowie, Joni Mitchell & Dylan. In addition, I was exposed to literary & artistic heroes such as Hunter S. Thompson, Cameron Crowe, Ben Fong-Torres, Annie Leibovitz and Ralph Steadman. Those were just a few among many. It might sound odd but those old magazines were one of the best educational experiences I ever had.

So now it is almost 30 years later. I have subscribed to Rolling Stone magazine for a good portion of my life. I have always pretty much considered it my 'musical bible' of whats going on. Every once in a while I would collect and keep an issue of historical importance or special meaning to me.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By cambodian on December 27, 2007
This is the best gift I have recieved in years! I found it at Costco before Christmas, and my wife new well enough to buy it for me. I suggest you download all 20+ gigs tou your computer, it is seemless and astounding. If you have rhapsody you can peruse album reviews from 40 years, and listen to what you are reading about at the same time. The scans are so cool, you can see minor imperfections in the older issues, sometimes hand written marks.The advertisments alone are worth the cost. My wife complains I use the computer too much. This ain't gonna make things better.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By J. Thorpe on October 21, 2007
As a fan of Rolling Stone, I was thrilled when I heard the back issues would be released on DVD. I've collected the magazine on and off for a number of years and was excited that I could have a complete run of the magazine without having to buy every single issue (and find the space to store all of them).

I went through this set this weekend and checked out a number of issues throughout the run. The issues are completely scanned, even the advertisements. One plus with this set is some of the inserts were scanned as well, some of which were smaller than the magazine itself (for example, there's a booklet for XM satellite radio that was scanned with the magazine it was included in). The one negative with the scans is it seems the early covers (before the magazine used glossy covers in the mid 80s) are a bit hazy colorwise. Don't know if it's due to the scanning process or what, but I was a little put off by that.

In terms of content, the magazine itself is very far left, there's a lot of Bush bashing and such. People who are conservative (such as myself) may be put off by that.

The search interface seems pretty good. I was doing some keyword searches and it worked pretty well, although it doesn't tell you exactly what page the term appears on (it just contains the link to the article) so if you're searching for some obscure word you have to scan through the whole article to find it. Browsing through issues is pretty intuitive and I was able to get the hang of it.

I recommend this if you're a fan of the magazine, and I hope to see Bondi produce similar sets for other magazines (such as TV Guide, Time, and Life) in the future.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By JMU KDub on November 28, 2007
This Rolling Stone box set comes with 3 discs' worth of content spanning 40 years. It took me a few days of playing with this product and switching out discs to figure out that you can copy each disc to your hard drive, which is awesome. Now I can read an article from 1972 and then read another article from 2002 without having to eject and then insert a new disc every time. This feature really speeds up the process! And even though I have two computers I can still copy the CDs on both. The fact that I don't have to hunt down the discs again makes me love this product that much more.
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