Week in Review: Jon Stewart on Satire in the Age of Obama

Plus: The Big 4 rock Yankee Stadium, the Flaming Lips' six hour song and more

September 16, 2011 5:30 PM ET
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Jon Stewart
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In the new issue of Rolling Stone, on stands now, Jon Stewart talks to Rolling Stone Executive Editor Eric Bates about his disappointment in Obama, political satire in the post-Bush era and how the 24/7 media is corroding the national debate. You can read some choice quotes from the article and check out exclusive behind-the-scenes photos from backstage at The Daily Show in this gallery.

Rolling Stone also covered Metallica, Anthrax, Slayer and Megadeth's Big 4 concert at Yankee Stadium, chatted with the Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne about his band's new six-hour song, talked to Debbie Harry about 9/11 and Blondie's new album and discussed fashion with Florence and the Machine's Florence Welch. We also talked to the makers of new documentaries about Pearl Jam, Neil Young, U2 and Paul McCartney.

Photos: The Big 4 Rock Yankee Stadium  
Plus, Tom Morello performed a brief set at our office, we analyzed this week's pop charts, looked back on this week in rock history and, as always, we reviewed all the week's biggest new releases. On the pop culture front, Peter Travers raved about the new existential action movie Drive, and we recapped the latest episodes of Jersey Shore and True Blood.

Photos: Random Notes 
We also posted a gallery of your Top 10 favorite Pearl Jam songs as determined by your votes on Facebook and Twitter. Our question for you this weekend is: What is the best TV theme song of all time? You can answer on our website, on facebook.com/rollingstone or on Twitter with the #weekendrock hashtag.

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