5 THINGS Roll On
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Rolling Stone magazine, HBO chronicles the iconic publication through a five-decade prism of music, politics and popular culture. The two-night special Rolling Stone: Stories From the Edge begins Nov. 6. Here are five facts about the magazine, launched in San Francisco in 1967.
Founder Jann Wenner borrowed $7,500 from his family for startup money.
The blues song “Rollin’ Stone,” recorded by Muddy Waters, partly inspired the magazine’s name.
An image of John Lennon from his movie How I Won the War was the cover photo on the first issue—and the Beatles, individually or as a group, have appeared on the cover more than 30 times.
Rolling Stone contributor Hunter S. Thompson is credited as the originator of “gonzo journalism.”
The magazine doesn’t always get it right. It retracted a Nov. 19, 2014, story about an alleged gang rape on the campus of the University of Virginia and was court-ordered to settle a defamation lawsuit.