A few months back I decided to take a look at the covers of Rolling Stone magazine and analyze them. I wanted to include the covers of the 90s, 2000s, and today. I figured that these would be the best years because not only was I alert to what was going on through these times but I believe that the magazine was at its most colorful. This in combination with the colorful characters who graced the covers. In other words, the magazine was alive along with the quirky and talented people featured and I was there to see it all.
Of course, everybody sees something different when they look at the cover. However, everybody is brought back in time. Feelings, sights, and nostalgia or lack thereof all differ but they are all present. I don’t think there is a breathing human being who can say they don’t experience some sentiment when seeing the cover of years past.
Rolling Stone is going to be the first magazine that I analyze. I will get to others such as GQ, SLAM, Sports Illustrated also. I just felt that the magazine known for its music, political, and societal coverage is the obvious choice to be looked at first. The main reason being that the magazine covers so many different aspects of life that are important to the average American. Because of this, you can look at an issue of the magazine and know exactly what is happening in the culture at any given time. Furthering this outlook, the magazine generates very strong feelings. In fact, much stronger than any of the other magazines I mentioned.
Along this line, I believe that Rolling Stone is one of the most underrated magazines around. Actually not just among magazines, but include other publications when talking about how Rolling Stone doesn’t get the credit it deserves. For example, there are newspapers such as The New York Times that are well-respected but they missed on a lot of stories that the writers for this music magazine dug up. While other journalists are worried about losing their access to big-name politicians, writers such as Matt Taibbi go right after the politicians who deserve to be outed.
Neil Strauss and Taibbi are two writers for the magazine who are very well-known. They actually have found their way into the mainstream even though they write for a publication that is not typically thought to be on the same playing field as other more “professional” media outlets. However, in this way, Rolling Stone should be more trusted. They don’t have the influence of big media forces who tell their employees what to say or write.
This is also seen by their covers. When you’re dealing with artistic people who are in the entertainment industry you’re sure to get covers that are too risque for other publications. Rolling Stone doesn’t run from this. Instead, they embrace the characters who appear on the front of their magazines.
I have alread looked at a few covers of the magazine. I wrote about Dennis Rodman, Jerry Springer, Howard Stern, Axl Rose and a few others. I really liked the way those articles came out and you did too as evidenced by the plethora of views and comments. With those four names I mentioned, I mean how could you go wrong? However, I got side-tracked a little when other topics came up and wrote about other occurrences instead.
From now on, though, I plan on looking at the covers. As mentioned, the other magazines will be looked at too at some point. For now, though, it is Rolling Stone. I will also be switching my viewpoint when it comes to the analysis. I got compliments about the articles I’ve already written and I enjoyed writing them a great deal. However, I will be incorporating a more personal touch that will reach out to readers. This will, hopefully, connect them to the topic even more and they will feel more comfortable relating how they personally feel about the cover and the subject. I’m sure Nirvana fans will have a lot to say when I look at the numerous covers that Kurt Cobain appeared on. Many great memories (or maybe even tough memories) will be brought back to life at that point. Of course, Cobain will be far from the only one who will garner intense thoughts both ways.
Thoughts, feelings, and experiences will be weaved into every article. I’m looking to write about the cover subject along with the other names that have a place on the front of the magazine. They will be done in separate articles. All of these people could be talked about all day. None of them should be short-changed. Therefore, they will all get an equal amount of attention.
I also want to hear from you. What covers did you enjoy most? What were you doing at a given time in your life? What do you see when you look at the cover? How do you feel? I want you to answer all of these questions. Bounce your answers off of me. I will certainly bring the covers back to life for you. Of course, at the same time, though I’m focusing on covers of the past, present events will be featured in the articles if they add any value to the piece.
Overall, I think you’ll get to understand society, celebrity, and political issues better. What better way to look at these issues than analyze the cover of the magazine that brings you them all at 200 miles per hour? That might be the reason why they are so tough to comprehend when they are going on in the moment. However, after ten years later or more, they become a lot easier to see. It’s similar to a running back in football. When the play is going on, he doesn’t know why he did what he did. He is just reacting to the other players moves. Then you get him to look at the play a few years later and he knows exactly why he did what he did.
That was partially a hint that we will be looking at O.J. Simpson, the former great running back. I mean, you do know what he did in the 90s right?