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Rolling Stone is an American monthly magazine, focusing on the popular culture of the United States and music. It was founded in 1967 by a collaboration between Jann Wenner and Ralph Gleason.

The first-ever issue was released on November 9th, 1967. It featured a picture of John Lennon emblazoned on the front, from How I Won the War. Throughout its early years, it gained the reputation of being legendary for its "serious and hard-hitting journalism." This public opinion would later shift the tides, with management trying to appeal to younger teens to gain more sales. This idea, however, was put to shame in the 2010s with falsified stories.

In 2016, the now sole founder, Wenner, decided to switch management, giving it to BandLab Technologies at a 49% stake of the company. Penske Media decided to acquire the remaining stakes of 51% from Wenner and would later in 2019 also buy BandLab's which would give full ownership.

History

As mentioned before, the first-ever issue and thus first-ever volume was on November 9th, 1967.[1] It could be bought for twenty-five cents (now 2 dollars). It showed John Lennon, otherwise known as Private Gripeweed in Richard Lester's How I Won the War.[1] John Wenner stated this about the magazines' name on it, in an editor's note:[2]

It's hard to say: sort of a magazine and sort of a newspaper. The name of it is Rolling Stone, which comes from an old saying: 'A Rolling Stone gathers no moss.' Muddy Waters used the name for a song he wrote; The Rolling Stones took their name from Muddy’s song, and “Like A Rolling Stone” was the title of Bob Dylan’s first rock and roll record.”

The 1970s

In the 1970s they experienced a huge roar in popularity, thanks in part to getting into the thorough of politics. This was spearheaded by journalist Hunter S. Thompson, who wrote at the time obscene and profane writing in politics, most notably through The Battle of Aspen: Freak Power in the Rockies and the Campaign Trail of 1972, which chronicled the then-presidential election.[3]

1980s & 90s

However, dissatisfied with this heavily political image, that initiated an ad campaign entitled 'Perception vs. Reality' in the 1980s.[4] Thus began the job of expanding coverage to include hot culture topics, for example, 1985's issue 454, The Day the World Rocked: Live Aid. This magazine followed the concert that featured multiple big-name artists of the 1980s, with the incitive being to raise money for the cause, becoming one of their celebrated articles.[5] It started hounding in on this coverage starting in the 1990s, which would become what critics call a "publicized downfall" of the brand.[6]

2000s & 10s

In the early 2000s, they received a mild resurgence, with articles from the frontlines of the newly instated Iraq War, between the United States. It was highlighted in The Killer Elite by Evan Wright, which would show unsure citizens of the United States who had just learned of the Iraq War, which would go on for years longer and the showed the lives of Marine platoons.[7] Wright became a top writer at the time and did exposé pieces on multiple high-level United States government agency members,[8] although some express concerns about the validity of his statements.

Criticism

Throughout Rolling Stone's history, it has received heavy criticism, especially in its later years. A prominent one that has affected many of its music accounts is the "generational bias" towards older classics along with rock.[9]

UVA rape story

See A Rape on Campus article for more in-depth coverage of the event.
The original version, which is archived, can be found here.[1]

On November 19th, 2014, Rolling Stone would come to release perhaps one of their most infamous articles, entitled A Rape on Campus. The 9,000-word article follows the narrator, Jackie (under an alias), who recounts her getting gang-raped at the University of Virginia's fraternity house after a date with a man named "Drew".[10]

UVA response

Only hours later, UVA students and the president would respond to the allegations. Students initiated a "Take Back the Party" rally, stating that their mission was to protest the culture in colleges that put students at risk of possible trauma and rape.[11] They also started the "Slut Walk" which raged against the faculty, asking for a change in the college, as to not live in fear.[11] Teresa Sullivan, then president of the campus responded by saying local police had started more thoroughly investigating sexual harassment charges, and reexamining the process that would let such a thing go.[12]

The validity, however, came onto the scenes after many journalists started reaching out to members on-campus that were part of the fraternity that the rape took place in. Sabrina Erdley - the writer - was thus invited to a DoubleX Convention, in which she revealed that she never actually reached out to the accused of the gang rape saying:[13]

I reached out to them in multiple ways. They were kind of hard to get in touch with because [the fraternity’s] contact page was pretty outdated. But I wound up speaking … I wound up getting in touch with their local president, who sent me an email, and then I talked with their sort of, their national guy, who’s kind of their national crisis manager. They were both helpful in their own way, I guess. - Sabrina Erdley of Rolling Stone, 2014, DoubleX Convention

Outcome & Lawsuit

With the webbing of lies beginning to emerge more onto the scene, people reportedly close to the story began talking about the falsified information and doubts, notably in Washington Post.[14] The fraternity who was accused, Phi Kappa Psi, later filed a lawsuit against Rolling Stone for defamation of character, based off a falsified story, which Rolling Stone attempted to appeal but was dismissed by the hearing judge.[15] In the last attempt, Rolling Stone reached out to the fraternity in a chapter, stating that they would page the charges over $1.65 million, thus leading to a drop in the lawsuit and it finally losing traction.[16]

Taylor Appearances

Includes articles released 1-2 months since writing, to make it easier to navigate. There are over 7,000.


Name Date Summary
Taylor Swift’s Re-Recorded Version of ‘Red’ is Out Now: Here’s Where to Find it Online November 12, 2021 Details the specifics of Red (Taylor's Version), and where to find it.
Taylor Swift – ‘Red (Taylor’s Version)’ review: The most beautifully reconstructed pop record of 2021 Note: From UK international print of Rolling Stone. November 12, 2021 Review of Red (Taylor's Version).
Taylor Swift and Chris Stapleton Take Down Her Ex on Collab ‘I Bet You Think About Me’ November 12, 2021 Country fans highlight the song 'I Bet You Think About Me' off Red (Taylor's Version). In particular, it discusses the sharp lyricism and in-tune instruments.
Taylor Swift Digs Deep Into Heartache and Scarf Lore With ‘All Too Well’ Short Film November 12, 2021 Reviews the Sadie Sink and Dylan O'Brien starring All Too Well (The Short Film).
Taylor Swift’s Re-Recorded Version of ‘Red’ is Out Now: Here’s Where to Find it Online November 12, 2021 Details the specifics of Red (Taylor's Version), and where to find it.
Grab Your Red Scarves: Taylor Swift Teases ‘All Too Well’ Short Film November 5, 2021 Shares the All Too Well (Short Film) trailer with the audience.
Flashback: Taylor Swift Mashes Up Bruce and Bon Jovi at 2011 Jersey Gig November 5, 2021 Talks about renditions of classic songs she has made after she inducted Carole King into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow".
Carole King Thanks Taylor Swift, Praises Aretha Franklin in Rock Hall Induction Speech October 30, 2021 Reinstates Carole King's speech about Taylor's performance inducting her into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Taylor Swift Vibrates With Pumpkin Spice-Flavored Excitement Over Concept of Fall October 26, 2021 After a TikTok is released by Taylor reenacting her Tumblr post, they provide a summary with commentary on the short video.
All 199 of Taylor Swift’s Songs, Ranked October 26, 2021 Ranks all of then 199 songs of Taylor's, with Bad Blood at very last.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "“ROLLING STONE” PUBLISHED ITS FIRST ISSUE 54 YEARS AGO TODAY". Magnet. https://magnetmagazine.com/2021/11/09/rolling-stone-published-its-first-issue-54-years-ago-today/. Retrieved 2021-11-11.
  2. "Rolling Stone’s First Issue: An Anniversary Flashback". RollingStone. https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/rolling-stones-first-issue-an-anniversary-flashback-62637/. Retrieved 2021-11-11.
  3. East, Ben (5 January, 2013). "Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone: The Essential Writing of Hunter S Thompson – review". The Guardian (United States). https://web.archive.org/web/20170602115226/https://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/jan/06/fear-rolling-stone-hunter-thompson.
  4. "'Perception vs. Reality.' A Look Back at Rolling Stone's Greatest Ad Campaign Ever". AdWeek. https://www.adweek.com/creativity/perception-vs-reality-a-look-back-at-rolling-stones-greatest-ad-campaign-ever/. Retrieved 2021-11-11.
  5. Goldberg, Michael (August 16, 1985). "Live Aid 1985: The Day the World Rocked". Rolling Stone (United States). https://www.rollingstone.com/feature/live-aid-1985-the-day-the-world-rocked-180152/.
  6. "Bob Guccione Jr.: Where ‘Rolling Stone’ Went Wrong, and How I Would Save It". DailyBeast. https://www.thedailybeast.com/bob-guccione-jr-where-rolling-stone-went-wrong-and-how-i-would-save-it. Retrieved 2021-11-11.
  7. Wright, Evan (June 26, 2003). "The Killer Elite". Rolling Stone (United States). https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/the-killer-elite-115107/.
  8. "Did a CIA Agent Work for the Mob? Excerpt from Evan Wright’s New Book". DailyBeast. https://www.thedailybeast.com/did-a-cia-agent-work-for-the-mob-excerpt-from-evan-wrights-new-book. Retrieved 2021-11-11.
  9. "Rolling Stone’s Affirmative Action Greatest Songs List". Spectator. https://spectator.org/rolling-stones-affirmative-action-greatest-songs-list/. Retrieved 2021-11-12.
  10. "How the Retracted Rolling Stone Article 'A Rape on Campus' Came to Print". ABC News. https://abcnews.go.com/2020/deepdive/how-retracted-rolling-stone-article-rape-on-campus-came-print-4270116. Retrieved 2021-11-12.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Frizell, Sam (November 22nd, 2014). "University of Virginia Contends With Outrage Over Horrific Rape Reports". Time (United States). https://time.com/3601041/university-virginia-outrage-rape/.
  12. "President Sullivan's message on 2014/11/22 to UVA community regarding the publication in Rolling Stone magazine of "A Rape on Campus" (later retracted)". Scholars Lab. https://takeback.scholarslab.org/items/show/1136. Retrieved 2021-11-12.
  13. "The Missing Men". Slate. http://www.slate.com/articles/double_x/doublex/2014/12/sabrina_rubin_erdely_uva_why_didn_t_a_rolling_stone_writer_talk_to_the_alleged.html. Retrieved 2021-11-12.
  14. Shapiro, Jeffrey (December 14, 2014). "U.Va. rape accuser’s friends begin to doubt story". Washington Post (United States). https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/dec/15/friends-uva-rape-accuser-begin-doubt-story/.
  15. Camila, Domonoske (September 19, 2017). "Fraternity Members' Defamation Case Against 'Rolling Stone' Can Proceed, Court Says". NPR (United States). https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/09/19/552090031/fraternity-members-defamation-case-against-rolling-stone-can-proceed-court-says.
  16. Camila, Domonoske (September 19, 2017). "Fraternity Members' Defamation Case Against 'Rolling Stone' Can Proceed, Court Says". NPR (United States). https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/fraternity-chapter-at-u-va-to-settle-suit-against-rolling-stone-for-165-million/2017/06/13/35012b46-503d-11e7-91eb-9611861a988f_story.html.
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