Monday, November 09, 2009

Happy Birthday, Rolling Stone!

The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor | No Direction Home by Charles Wright: "It was on this day in 1967 that the first issue of Rolling Stone was published. It was started by 21-year-old Jann Wenner, who dropped out of Berkeley and borrowed $7,500 from family members and from people on a mailing list that he stole from a local radio station, and with that money he managed to put together a magazine. The cover of the first issue featured John Lennon, and in it, Wenner wrote, 'Rolling Stone is not just about music, but also about the things and attitudes that the music embraces.'"


Laurie Powers said...

Besides Hunter Thompson, there are a lot of very good writers that cut their teeth at Rolling Stone, like Cameron Crowe and Mikal Gilmore, who wrote Shot in the Heart. I am just now reading a book by someone who contributed regularly to Rolling Stone - James Horwitz.

Todd Mason said...

Seems to me that Ralph Gleason was a cofounder.