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    The Year of 1967 Read More +Less -

    The Hippie movement officially kicked off just two weeks into 1967 with the Human Be-In at San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. A flood of young people headed west to experience the "Summer of Love." The cover of our very first issue – a still image from John Lennon's movie How I Won the War – instantly establishes the mix of politics, culture and music that has come to define the magazine.

    Letter from the Editor

    You're probably wondering what we are trying to do. It's hard to say: sort of a magazine and sort of a newspaper. The name of it is Rolling Stone, which comes from an old saying: "A Rolling Stone gathers no moss." Muddy Waters used the name for a song he wrote; The Rolling Stones took their name from Muddy's song and "Like A Rolling Stone," was the title of Bob Dylan's first rock and roll record.

    We have begun a new publication reflecting what we see are the changes in rock and roll and the changes related to rock and roll. Because the trade papers have become so inaccurate and irrelevant, and because the fan magazine are an anachronism, fashioned in the mold of myth and nonsense, we hope that we have something here for the artists and the industry, and every person who "believes in the magic that can set you free."

    Rolling Stone is not just about music, but also about the things and attitudes that the music embraces. We've been working quite hard on it and we hope you can dig it. To describe it any further would be difficult without sounding like bullshit, and bullshit is like gathering moss.

    — Jann Wenner