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Rolling Stone and Rizzoli International Publications are celebrating the magazine’s rich history of incredible original illustration in a new book, titled Rolling Stone: The Illustrated Portraits. Available on Amazon and in select bookstores now, the book features more than 200 of the most well-known portraits and illustrations published in Rolling Stone, by some of the world’s most renowned artists, photographers and illustrators (the above image of Stevie Wonder is by the late Milton Glaser).
The Illustrated Portraits highlights the magazine’s collision of music, culture and politics, featuring portraits of music icons including Bob Dylan, Elvis, the Beatles, Madonna, Beyoncé, Kanye West, Wu-Tang Clan, Beastie Boys, Taylor Swift, and Johnny Cash; major cultural figures like Barack Obama, Greta Thunberg, Robin Williams, and The Simpsons; and depictions of key moments in modern history from Woodstock to Watergate to Trump’s election. Contributors include some of the greatest names in art that have defined the magazine’s illustrated lexicon, such as Milton Glaser, Ralph Steadman, Shepard Fairey, Philip Burke, Jody Hewgill, Christoph Niemann and Mark Ryden.
Gus Wenner, the president and chief operating officer of Rolling Stone says, “So many of the stories we’ve told in Rolling Stone have been brought to life through illustration. We’re excited to give some special attention to the exceptional art from our pages and bring them to this incredible, wide-ranging keepsake alongside Rizzoli.”
Rolling Stone: The Illustrated Portraits is edited by Joe Levy and Jason Fine, with creative and art direction by Joe Hutchinson and Mark Maltais. It is available online and in stores, as well as at Amazon.com. Cover illustration by Rory Kurtz.