Rolling Stone Turns 50

Rolling Stone's Woodstock cover from the summer of 1969, when the magazine was just two years old, as displayed at Bethel Woods Museum in 2017. Cover photo by Baron Wolman/Rolling Stone.

Delighted to see that Rolling Stone partnered with Abrams to create a 50th anniversary “decade-by-decade book, looking back on the best articles, the best artists, the best scoops and the best shots from 1967 to 2017” with an intro by founder Jann Werner. Right on! I bought issue #1 as a teenager and I still groove on the interviews, which themselves have been collected into volumes that serve as oral histories of rock and roll. This print publication has outlasted a whole lot of others. During a recent visit to Bethel Woods, the museum on the grounds of the Woodstock Festival, I also enjoyed a small display on RS’s 50th, including the Woodstock issue shown above (cover photo by Baron Wolman, and just think, that little kid is in his 50s now). Among the other Rolling Stone 50th anniversary celebrations is a full-blown exhibit at Cleveland’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame through November 17. TIP: If you have it, flaunt it—and RS has it to spare.