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Rolling Stone

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Rolling Stone magazine is a cultural icon. It’s the number one pop culture reference point for 13 million young adults. In addition to its authoritative position in music, Rolling Stone’s sphere of influence reaches into entertainment, movies, television, technology, and national affairs. Rolling Stone covers everything that’s important, trend-setting, and newsworthy to the thought leaders among young adults.

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Who Reads Rolling Stone?
Rolling Stone is written for a reader who’s interested in entertainment, including music, movies, television, technology, and national affairs. It combines its significant entertainment reviews with cultural and social commentary, featuring articles on politics, celebrities, and more.

What You Can Expect in Each Issue:

  • Rock & Roll: The latest music news on those who continue to rock us.
  • Smoking Section: In-depth, exclusive looks at the rock star lifestyle.
  • Random Notes: A photo collage of who's who in the music biz, and what they're up to.
  • Breaking: A look at the hottest new artists, or old artists with something new.
  • Charts: Billboard's top ten, iTunes top ten, local favorites, and the top 40 albums at issue release.
  • Reviews: Star-rated reviews of new releases, across all media.

Past Issues:

Special Issues Through the Year:
  • Spring Music and Festivals Preview: From indie rockers to the year’s best bands, Rolling Stone’s "more than a sneak-peak" look at the season’s most anticipated releases and music festivals.
  • The Best of Rock: What band has the best drummer? Who puts on the best show? What’s the best online music service? A useful guide to the best that music has to offer.
  • Live Issue: Mapping out the best places to experience live music from coast to coast--must-see tours, festivals and more.
  • Fall Fashion/10 Bands to Watch: The latest must-have looks that will rock fall fashion, plus profiles of the most hype-worthy bands.
  • Year in Review: The best moments of the year in pop culture, from the most noteworthy albums and artists to the most off-the-wall moments.

Magazine Layout
One of the hallmarks of Rolling Stone is its excellent photography. From the cover image through to the last page, photos are what drives much of the graphical nature of this magazine. Articles are accompanied by photographs or illustrations, and the overall tone of the magazine is visually impactful.

Awards
2007 National Magazine Award For General Excellence, ASME. Editorial excellence honors in reporting and photo essay categories, ASME 2006. Since the inception of ASME, Rolling Stone has earned over 50 nominations and 12 wins.

Product Details

Subscription Length: 1 year
  • Format: Magazine
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • Publisher: Wenner Media
  • ASIN: B00005N7SJ
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (745 customer reviews)
  • This magazine subscription is provided by Wenner Media

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314 of 367 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not As Good As it Used to Be July 12, 2002
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I have been a faithful subscriber to RS for almost twenty years, and I have witnessed the magazine slowly transform from a credible rock and roll journal to the music equivilent of Tiger Beat. In the 1980s, Rolling Stone's passion was music, and it often gave well-deserved nods to artists that were on the cutting edge: U2, Prince, REM, the Smiths, and so on. These days, its attempts to sell copies are getting more desperate as they feature people like Britney, NSYNC, and BSB on their cover sometimes as much as twice a year. I have nothing against teen pop; after all, RS gave Duran Duran a cover story in the 1980s. But it's troubling to see a magazine follow trends when they used to create them.
The record reviews are, for the most part, dubious. Rob Sheffield is one of the usual suspects. Three-and-a-half stars for Britney and Destiny's Child? More trustworthy critics include longtime writer David Fricke, Anthony DeCurtis, and Barry Walters. These guys seem to know what they're talking about when they review records.
The only section of the magazine worth reading is the movies section by Peter Travers, a critic I may not always agree with but one I do respect. Travers has enough heart to go against the grain of public opinion by trashing shallow, self-important, corporate driven, Holllywood movies. It really seems that he is criticizing the very hype machine the rest of Rolling Stone seems to embrace.
All in all, RS has its moments, but its getting disappointing within recent years. Here's hoping it can regain the edge it once had back in the 1970s and 1980s.
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90 of 106 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Gathers no moss August 13, 2004
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Remember that adorable teen from "Almost Famous," who dreamed of writing cuting-edge rock articles for Rolling Stone? No way. Not now, anyway. Once an edgy herald of music and rebellion, Rolling Stone has lurched gracelessly into its old age, filled with a mess of stars du jour and frenetic MTV coverage.

Rolling Stone keeps an eye on the music industry -- scandals, controversies, concert coverage and reviews of the latest albums. They cover quite a bit of movie stuff as well, interviewing/covering directors like Peter Jackson and Quentin Tarantino, as well as (always attractive and usually young) actors. And there's also political commentary, stubbornly one-sided and lacking in subtlety and brains.

Long ago, Rolling Stone was a force to be reckoned with. But now it's the magazine equivalent of a paunchy, wrinkled guy who buys a toupee and sports car, in a futile attempt to convince the world that he's still young and cool. Newer, wittier, more musically interesting magazines like Filter, Under the Radar and the online Kludge have slipped into the place that Rolling Stone once occupied.

It certainly doesn't help that Rolling Stone is having an ongoing personality crisis. Is it a music mag? A political mag? A movie mag? It tries to be all three, and succeeds at none. Their politics is ridiculously one-sided, lacking any complexity. And the music coverage is too mainstream to be terribly interesting. Yes, some of the bands covered -- like the White Stripes -- are good. But up-and-coming bands, not to mention most of the rich indie music scene, are left to languish in the shadows.

Certainly Rolling Stone can't be commended for many of their choices -- it was a welcome relief when they put rock great Jimi Hendrix on the cover.
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130 of 156 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars They've lost it August 30, 2003
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Two years ago, Rolling Stone and MTV teamed up to create a list of the "top 100 pop songs of all time." According to that list, the number 10 song OF ALL TIME is, I kid you not, "I Want It That Way" by the Backstreet Boys. It was then that I started to suspect the once-great Rolling Stone was losing it.
In 1967, Rolling Stone started with a simple idea: a "real" music magazine to counteract trendy teenage fluff like "Tiger Beat." As the years wore on, they stayed true to their mission despite the inroads of disco and the MTV pretty boys of the '80s. Sure, artists like Duran Duran appeared on a few covers, but on the whole Rolling Stone worked hard to maintain its credibility, giving much-needed exposure to then-cutting-edge acts like Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, U2 and Nirvana.
Then, through a series of mergers and acquisitions, Rolling Stone eventually became part of the Vivendi Universal empire. Soon, pressure to increase circulation and "appeal to a younger audience" escalated. The people at Vivendi, a French water company that knows nothing about entertainment, seem to think "a younger audience" doesn't want to read anything about artists they've never heard of. In fact, "a younger audience" probably doesn't want to read at all; they just want to see a sexy pinup photo of Britney's boobs or Justin's pecs, whatever you prefer.
Now here's where I lost my last shred of respect for RS: All those Britney/boy band covers and the MTV Top 100 fiasco were bad enough, but what gave them the nerve to put CLAY AIKEN on the cover?! Any magazine with a reality-show contestant on its cover instantly loses all "music" credibility. They might as well hold their own "American Idol"-style contest to pick their next cover boy/girl.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Correct me if I'm wrong but I always thought Rolling Stone was a rock...
I too was a subscriber many years ago until they started putting 'rap' groups on the cover, interviewing them and promoting rap as an art form. Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars The music portion of the magazine is great..
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1.0 out of 5 stars Save your money .. not the Rolling Stone we used to love
LiveNation sent me a free subscription to this for buying concert tickets. I would not spend a dime for this rag. Read more
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Been a subscriber to Rolling Stone since college days in the 70's. It keeps shrinking but I keep renewing. We are both getting old...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Steven Tyler Would Be Proud
So, in the sixties and seventies, this was the best music magazine on planet earth or beyond. It was so far ahead that its competition needed binoculars just to see it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by DCJr
1.0 out of 5 stars Blah - Utter Crap
Rolling Stone takes itself way too seriously. It's a magazine about the entertainment industry. At least "Us" and "People" know their limits. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Love rolling stones the magazine!!!
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Published 2 months ago by denise Ann jones
5.0 out of 5 stars great magazine
I had a free subscription to this and loved loved loved it!
Published 3 months ago by Marjorie Forrest
1.0 out of 5 stars I used to love the great articles about musicians.....now you are...
I used to love this magazine and dissect all the great articles about musicians.....now you are lucky to get a musician on the cover. Read more
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