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January 1, 2011

The First Issue of ‘Rolling Stone’ Magazine, November 9th 1967

On November 9, 1967, the first edition of Rolling Stone magazine was published. The magazine began as a music magazine with embraced the hippie culture of the 1960s. As the founder Jann Wenner said in the first edition, Rolling Stone “is not just about the music, but about the things and attitudes that music embraces.”

To this day the magazine remains a major musical, political, and cultural publication, and has featured interviews with major figures from John Lennon to Barack Obama. To feature on the cover of Rolling Stone is still an honor held by many important figures.

The first edition (see above) featured a film still of John from the Richard Lester film How I Won the War. In the photo, he’s wearing the military outfit and glasses of the character he played in the movie, Musketeer Gripweed. In the issue, Lennon is interviewed about the filming of How I Won the War.


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