The Steve Jobs Nobody Knew

How an insecure hippie kid reinvented himself as a technological visionary – and changed the world

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Norman Seeff
Rolling Stone Issue #1142
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The new issue of Rolling Stone pays tribute to Steve Jobs with an in-depth cover story written by contributing editor Jeff Goodell, who first met Jobs back in 1980 when he took a job at Apple. "I had no idea what computers would amount to," Goodell writes in the new issue, on stands and available through Rolling Stone All Access on October 14th. "And no idea that this guy would turn out to be one of the greatest visionaries of our time. To me, he just seemed like a lost hippie kid." Goodell and Jobs took different paths over the last three decades, but they kept in touch and Goodell interviewed him frequently once he re-took the reins at Apple in the mid-1990s. Goodell's nine-page tribute traces Jobs' life from his childhood through his rise, fall and resurrection at Apple through his difficult final years as he battled cancer.

In addition, the issue has an essay about Jobs written by Chrisann Brennan, his first serious girlfriend and the mother of their daughter Lisa Brennan-Jobs. "At 17, Steve had more than a touch of the cool sophistication of a Beat poet," she writes. "It is as if Beat poetry laid the future for technology in Steve."

Rolling Stone co-founder Jann Wenner also honors Steve Jobs in the issue. "We shared a fanaticism about Bob Dylan, who was exploring a vista of the human condition that created a conspiracy of knowledge and awareness among those of us who listened and dropped acid," writes Wenner."Those times fueled the energy, entrepreneurship, talent and ambition that burned within us, and we became missionaries to change the world."

From The Archives Issue 1142: October 27, 2011
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