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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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