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Gallery: The Best Break-Out Bands on Rolling Stone’s Cover

The Band had been around in one form or another for the better part of a decade when they first appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone in August of 1968. They had spent most of that time backing Ronnie Hawkins and Bob Dylan, inspiring the group to dub themselves The Band. Their debut LP Music From Big Pink had just arrived on shelves when this story hit, and from that point on they were no longer anonymous — even if they're facing away from the photographer in this photo.

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This article appears in the August 24, 1968 issue of Rolling Stone. The issue is available in the online archive

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Kanye West (2006)

Long before he grabbed the mic from Taylor Swift at the MTV Video Music Awards, Kanye West infuriated America by posing as Jesus Christ on the cover of Rolling Stone. Even back then, he was sick of people mocking his cockiness. "In America, they want you to accomplish these great feats, to pull off these David Copperfield-type stunts," West said. "But let someone ask you about what you're doing, and if you turn around and say, 'It's great,' then people are like, 'What's wrong with you?' You want me to be great, but you don't ever want me to say I'm great?"

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This article appears in the February 9, 2006 issue of Rolling Stone. The issue is available in the online archive.

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Lady Gaga (2009)

When Rolling Stone put Lady Gaga on the cover in the summer of 2009 she was a big star, but not quite the global icon that she is today. As she told writer Brian Hiatt, she had huge plans. "I feel like I have so much to do," she said. "The whole world sees the number-one records and the rise in sales and recognition, but my true legacy will be the test of time, and whether I can sustain a space in pop culture and really make stuff that will have a genuine impact."

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This article appears in the June 11, 2009 issue of Rolling Stone. The issue is available in the online archive.

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