I posted a few weeks back the The Rolling Stone was going to issue a DVD version of the magazine covering the first 40 years of publication. Well I got my set from Amazon (they are selling it for $75 & trust me it is well worth the price as it comes with a great coffee table sized book) & I thought maybe some of you older folks would like to take a trip back in time & see what they were reporting on.
The first issue is dated Nov. 9th 1967. It was a small 22 pages & sold for a quarter. Subscriptions were $5 for 6 months or $10 a year.
John Lennon is on the cover dressed as Private Gripweed in How I Won The War.
The first article is about Monterey Pop & how no one knows where the money went. They have just hired a bookkeeper & put her in a room with boxes of paperwork to let her figure it out.
First RS interview ever... Donovan. Itís a 2 parter & this guy was really out there somewhere. He is in the middle of an American tour & this is the only interview he granted.
The Grateful Dead had just been busted for drugs. Now there's a shocker.
Roger McGuinn of the Byrds has just kicked David Crosby out of the group.
Al Kooper leaves the Blues Project to found Blood Sweat & Tears.
Zal Yablonsky has left The Lovin Spoonful for a solo career. Would we ever hear from him again?
Procol Harum beats the Beatles for Top Song in Europe..Whiter Shades of Pale over Strawberry Fields.
The first album they reviewed was Aliceís Restaurant, they liked it.
Here is something I bet they would like to take back though. They take Eric Clapton & Cream to task for being a 3 piece Blues Band yet feeling the need to loop in extra instruments on their recordings, thereby making them a not so 3 piece band. About the only thing they had good to say about the album Fresh Cream was that Iím So Glad is a good song, well constructed.
The same article is also critical of Jimi Hendrix & the Are You Experienced album, saying itís a good thing he is a good guitar player because he sure isnít a very good song writer or singer, & they really take him to task for these lyrics:
ďManic depression is a frustrating messĒ They just basically say ďWhyĒ
But, they did like Purple Haze & thought it was a great start to the album.
Anyway, thatís the first issue. Hope some of you got some good memories from it.