The 50th anniversary of Rolling Stone magazine has arrived and not without fanfare.
Wenner’s announcement that he was planning to sell his company’s stake in Rolling Stone also prompted a flurry of retrospective tributes.
Conceived during the Summer of Love in 1967 Rolling Stone was always a creature of the San Francisco counterculture.
From the outset the magazine touted Jefferson Airplane – the Grateful Dead and other San Francisco bands.
Well before that co-founder Ralph J. Gleason was featuring the Haight-Ashbury’s vibrant music scene in his San Francisco Chronicle column.
But Rolling Stone’s identity can also be traced to two other sources: Berkeley’s culture of dissent and Ramparts magazine – the legendary San Francisco muckraker.