Hitting newsstand this week is Rolling Stone #1200 (cover date of January 16th), featuring a rather lengthy story about how The Beatles took over America as the biggest band in the country in 1964. The article, written by Mikal Gilmore
I don't have a Rolling Stone subscription anymore, but I did randomly pick up the latest issue, featuring Stevie Nicks from Fleetwood Mac.
You can actually read some of the interview online.
Rock goddess Stevie Nicks – maker of myths, wearer of shawls – appears solo on the cover of Rolling Stone for the first time since 1981 in our new issue, hitting stands Friday. The intimate, 7,000-word cover feature by senior writer Brian Hiatt digs deep into Nicks' life and career, from the endless drama of her relationship with Lindsey Buckingham (backstage at a Fleetwood Mac show in December, he bangs on Nicks' wall to get her to turn her music down) to her decades-long band-crush on Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers ("Had Tom Petty called me up one day and said, ‘If you want to leave Fleetwood Mac to be in the Heartbreakers, there's a place for you,' I might well have done it. Anytime! Today!")
In other Rolling Stone news, all five decades of archived Rolling Stone magazines are available on Google Play Newsstand... FOR FREE.
For the first time ever, Rolling Stone has opened up their vast archive of award-winning music, political and cultural reporting — dating back five decades, to their 1967 launch — online for free. In collaboration with Google Play, articles by notable writers including Hunter S. Thompson, Cameron Crowe and Matt Taibbi are now available to read on Android and iOS phones and tablets via the Google Play Newsstand, Google's news reader app optimized for phones and tablets. Additionally, Rolling Stone's daily coverage of music, politics, movies, TV, sports and culture is available on the Play Newsstand.
If you don't have an Android or iOS device, you can actually access the content via Rolling Stone's CoverWall, via rollingstone.com/coverwall. Before you get too excited about this (at least on CoverWall as I have not tested this on my iPad), not all the articles are available for access. Some issues only have one or two articles (and not necessary the main cover article). Still, it is kind of fun to take a look at old magazine covers.
If the cover reflects America's music and pop culture, then I'll have to apologize for the year 2010 for all the sex covers!