5 THINGS Roll On

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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.

Jann Wen­ner

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