Rolling Stone May 11, 1972

I hauled this out the other day to look at the adverts in it, and The Rolling Stones were probably the only artists featured who are as recognisable today as they were then.

This was one of only three issues of Rolling Stone that sold out – the first one, the one covering the death of John Lennon, and this one.

I really love the typography of the 1960s and 1970s. It was so free and so different from everything that came before it – particularly in terms of fashion and music. I feel lucky to have grown up in the 60s and 70s.

This was the reason I bought it (quelle surprise!). The poster is actually enormous. Annie Liebowitz has really done amazing celebrity portraits – my favourites are Whoopi Goldberg, Demi Moore, John Lennon and Yoko Ono. For the 1970s, this photo of a teen hearthrob was actually quite alarming.

The article is here

This paragraph is so sad.

Author: Janet Carr

Fashion, beauty and animal loving language consultant from South Africa living in Stockholm, Sweden.

6 thoughts

  1. Deja vu indeed? I bet Flood his manager didn’t end up broke? The poster was certainly very daring for those times. I was amazed at some of the records mentioned on your photographed pages that I now remember buying; Exile on Main Street, Phantasmagoria, Procol Harum and the Moodies single. They were my all time favourite band back then, and I was only 20. I appear to have lost an awful lot of years somewhere Janet! Haha, or maybe not so!

    1. PS I love to read the old adverts too. Everything is instant and electronic these days but back then I found them something to drool over. I even ordered my concert tickets by post through the New Musical Express. I downloaded the archive of the International Times recently to read on my iPad, and the adverts in there are wonderful to read again.

    2. No in those days their managers seldom ended up broke. One good thing about today’s internet world is that artists can get their work out there without being screwed over by record companies and management. Before I guess you weren’t played on radio or on the charts if you hadn’t sold your soul to some big mega corporation. So many in those days (Bowie included) ended up with nothing to show for their early work while their management made gazillions.

      1. Even today I think that poster is quite daring, as is much of Annie Liebowitz’s work. And The Partridge Family was such a clean, family-oriented show…

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