38 Years of Rolling Stone Magazine

My subscription to Rolling Stone started on February 14, 1974. Recently, I sorted the 900 plus publications into years and then again into 5 years,the increment in which they are for sale. All are in order by date.

Sorting through these and reliving the times was a trip. There are very few missing with most years complete. From 1967 to 1980, Rolling Stone Magazines were tabloids printed on news print. Several of these (1974 - 1980 are in poor, but complete and in readable condition. Most are intact and fair to good, meaning that all pages are attached although tears may exist on the front and back pages of ones I consider in fair condition. A quick search on the internet reveals several websites that sell single issues for $3.00 - $16.00 each (depending upon rarity and condition). Most if not all issues missing from my collection are available based upon my short search.One such source is dtmagazine where you will find estimated values for Rolling Stone issues as well as other several other publications.

Starting with the 1980 Year End issue, the format changed to magazine with improved graphics and a more secure binding. The large magazine format and its continual improvements lasted to October 2008, when the early November edition came out in letter size. Certainly the new size is more convenient to pack onto a plane, or hide from your boss who thinks you're a square like her or him, but not nearly as cool as the large size which made a statement when you pulled it out of your carry-on to read while most everyone else was pretending to do something important on their laptops. I recall someone always trying to glance over at the hot chicks on the cover while I was reading a serious article about the state of the planet. I actually did read those articles (after gawking at the chicks). Just like we said we told our parents we did with Playboy.

Throughout it's 45 years, Rolling Stone has featured about a dozen male (even in old age) artists dozens of times. Dylan, Clapton, Lennon, Jagger, Richards, Jerry Garcia, Elton John, Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen and Bono have hogged most of the covers. Jack Nicholson, Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise and Johnny Depp got a bunch as well. But in my opinion, Rolling Stone is defined by the four women who appeared frequently. Early on it was Linda Ronstadt, then Stevie Nicks, Madonna, and later Britney Spears .There were others, of course, but these four combined represent a big percentage of Rolling Stone covers featuring female artists.

Approximately 25% of the collection's covers are featured in 7 slide shows (see below). 2011 issues are not featured, but all I've received up to date of sale will be included in the 2005 - 2010 set. Slide show covers grouped by year, but not by date. Enjoy them!

I've priced the sets based upon four things: age, overall condition, completeness and relevance(in my opinion) to the earth. Issue sets cannot be shipped. The time involved and cost (to you) is prohibitive. I'll divide each set into two boxes. The price listed on Craig's list is for the entire collection. I'll respond in the same order that I receive responses. I can accept credit cards only through PayPal, but it costs me about 4%. Therefore cash on pickup or instant payment is appreciated. I'm happy to arrange a pick up point 1/2 way between you and me within 50 miles of Denver. If you are from out of the area and wish to buy any or all of the sets, you must pay in advance for me to remove them from sale. PayPal is a good way to do this and gives you some security that I am legitimate.

Slide Show Links

1974-1979:Starts out with a very sexy Maria Muldaur, (remember Suzi Quattro?) and ends with a not too crazy Martin Sheen and The Blues Brothers. Missing are 152, 153, 155-160, 173 175 from 1974; 179 from 1975; 216 from 1976; 248, 250 from 1977; 268, 270 from 1978. 1979 is complete.

1980-1984:Tragedy in Cincinnati, John Travolta and Raiders of the Lost Ark. First glimpse of Sean Penn. Beatles 20-year Anniversary Issue. John Lennon's death is still too painful to talk about. All I can say is the world was robbed. Missing issue 420 from 1984.

1985-1989: Van Halen, Boy George, Talking Heads, Madonna and Ghost Busters. RS 20th Anniversary Edition. Missing 485 from 1986.

1990-1994: Tom Cruise, Janet and Michael Jackson, Red Hot Chile Peppers, life and death of Curt Cobain and more. Missing 660, 661, 672 from 1993.

1995-1999: From Lenny Kravitz, Tom Petty and Green Day to the sexiest covers yet with the likes of a young gorgeous Jennifer Aniston, Angelina Jolie, Sandra Bullock and who could forget Fiona Apple. And for me there's Gillian Anderson (twice!) Break-out acts included Eminem, Beastie Boys and Tupac Shakur. Rolling Stone became all Britney Spears, all the time for a while beginning in 1999. If it wasn't Britney, it was Madonna (remember "The Kiss?"). Then there's Dennis Rodman. Issue 781 is missing from 1998.

2000-2004: Lots of special issues including three huge issues devoted to Rolling Stone's 40th Anniversary. And of course, Rolling Stone's unique perspective on 9-11. Still lot's of really sexy covers including Britney Spears in various stages of undress. And the Babe of the Decade, Beyonce`. And American Idol and it's one hit wonder covers were unleased upon us. In 2004 Lindsey Lohan was hot and not too crazy. We were introduced to Kid Rock, Dave Matthews, White Stripes and Coldplay. And Johnny Cash died in 2004.

2005-2010: Includes 2011 to date. One reason to own this is (white hot)Fergie and the Black Eyed Peas. Maybe the best act of the millenium so far. Lot's of Justin Timberlake and there's that sexy Mad Men Cover. Lot's of big special issues. And Heath Ledger died. What a loss!


The price listed on Craig's List is the price for all 38 years and includes my pristine first issue.

  • All: $650.00
  • 1974 - 1979: $125.00
  • 1980 - 1984: $150.00
  • 1985 - 1990: $150.00
  • 1990 - 1994: $125.00
  • 1995 - 2000: $125.00
  • 2005 - 2011: $110.00