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Old Sep 30, 2006, 05:15 AM   #1
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Before MTV and the blogosphere, before Pitchfork and satellite radio, there was the cover of Rolling Stone. Thirty years ago, Rolling Stone magazine was perhaps the prime arbiter of pop-music fabulousness, and no piece of real estate was more coveted by rock musicians than its cover. Remember how in 1973 the otherwise forgettable Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show scored both a Top 10 hit and a cover story courtesy a ditty called The Cover of the Rolling Stone?

Blessedly, Dr. Hook only made the cover once. Bob Dylan, by contrast, has had his mug featured there 20 times, either as a solo shot or as part of a group picture or, as happened Jan. 15, 1976 and June 17, 1986, as a twosome, with, respectively, former girlfriend Joan Baez and fellow rocker Tom Petty. Dylan's first appearance came early in Stone's now 39-year history, on the cover of its June 22, 1968 issue, when His Bobness was just 27. His most recent bow occurred just a few weeks ago, with his grizzled 65-year-old mug occupying most of the front of the magazine's 1,008th issue.

That's a fair number of appearances (youngest son Jakob Dylan, by the way, of the semi-famous Wallflowers, has graced two covers. Which, some might argue, has been two too many). But Bob's not the all-time champ in the most-cover-stories category. That goes to the Beatles who, as a group or as individuals or with wives, have made it more than 40 times. The Rolling Stones are in second place, with 29 appearances, while Madonna has had the most visits of any female artist (16). Bruce Springsteen, U2, the Who and Eric Clapton have each had at least 10 cover dates.

One factoid that makes Dylan's total especially impressive is that, starting in mid-1986, his face was absent from Rolling Stone's front for more than 13 years, or roughly 286 issues.
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RS should change their name to Just Like A Rolling Stone magazine and only feature articles and pics of Bob Dylan and Let Zimmie the gnome edit it.
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Originally Posted by pattiboyd's slave
RS should change their name to Just Like A Rolling Stone magazine and only feature articles and pics of Bob Dylan and Let Zimmie the gnome edit it.
It would be a better read that way, no doubt about it. Rolling Stone: Talk about a mag whose best years are behind it.
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RS sucks and since I let my subscription (which was a gift!) with them expire, they've been harrassesing me by mail ever since, trying to get me to re-subscribe. They send me cards that read FINAL NOTICE and then go on to say that my account is delinquent, like I owe them money, which I obviously don't. I wrote them a strongly worded letter two months ago and I haven't received this month's bogus card, so maybe they'll leave me alone.
I did buy the recent issue with Dylan on the cover, of course, but the article could have and should have been much better.
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