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The New Issue of Rolling Stone: Jack Johnson

February 20, 2008 9:44 AM ET

The new issue of Rolling Stone hits newsstands today, featuring surfer, activist and chart-topping musician Jack Johnson. In his first Rolling Stone cover story, Johnson talks about his laid back appeal and his unlikely rise to the top of the charts. To read an excerpt of the cover story, click here and check out the Jack Johnson photo gallery here.

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

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“Don't Dream It's Over”

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Early in the sessions for Crowded House's debut album, the band and producer Mitchell Froom were still feeling each other out, and at one point Froom substituted session musicians for the band's Paul Hester and Nick Seymour. "At the time it was a quite threatening thing," Neil Finn told Rolling Stone. "The next day we recorded 'Don't Dream It's Over,' and it had a particularly sad groove to it — I think because Paul and Nick had faced their own mortality." As for the song itself, "It was just about on the one hand feeling kind of lost, and on the other hand sort of urging myself on — don't dream it's over," Finn explained.

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