For the past fifty years, Rolling Stone has been a leading voice in journalism, cultural criticism, and – above all – music. Now you can reminisce the past five decades through a new landmark book which documents the magazine’s rise to prominence as the voice of rock and roll and a leading showcase for era-defining photography.

From the 1960s to the present day, the book offers a decade-by-decade exploration of American music and history. Interviews with rock legends – Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger, Kurt Cobain, Bruce Springsteen and more – appear alongside iconic photographs by Baron Wolman, Annie Leibovitz, Mark Seliger and other leading image-makers… some of which we share with you here.

With feature articles, excerpts and exposés by such quintessential writers as Hunter S. Thompson, Matt Taibbi and David Harris, this book is an irresistible and essential keepsake of the magazine that has defined American music for generations of readers.

50 Years of Rolling Stone: The Music, Politics and People that Changed Our Culture by Rolling Stone and Jann S. Wenner is available via Abrams & Chronicle Books, priced at £45.

Main image credit: Nirvana, Mark Seliger, 1992

Joni Mitchell at her Laurel Canyon home, 1968 | Image credit: Joni Mitchell, Baron Wolman / © Iconic Images, 1968
Joni Mitchell at her Laurel Canyon home, 1968 | Image credit: Joni Mitchell, Baron Wolman / © Iconic Images, 1968
Michael Jackson at Motown’s Los Angeles offices, April 1971 | Image credit: Michael Jackson, © Henry Diltz, 1971
Michael Jackson at Motown’s Los Angeles offices, April 1971 | Image credit: Michael Jackson, © Henry Diltz, 1971
Mick Jagger in London, 1987 | Image credit: Mick Jagger, Herb Ritts / Trunk Archive, 1987
Mick Jagger in London, 1987 | Image credit: Mick Jagger, Herb Ritts / Trunk Archive, 1987
David Bowie in Los Angeles, February 1987 | Image credit: David Bowie, Herb Ritts / Trunk Archive, 1987
David Bowie in Los Angeles, February 1987 | Image credit: David Bowie, Herb Ritts / Trunk Archive, 1987
"People ask me how I come up with these hits, and I can only say that I know what I like, I’m quick to tell a motherfucker what I don’t like, and know what people like to play in their cars.” Dr. Dre, “Day of the Dre,” RS 666, September 30, 1993. Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg in Los Angeles, August 1993 | Image credit: Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, Mark Seliger, 1993
“People ask me how I come up with these hits, and I can only say that I know what I like, I’m quick to tell a motherfucker what I don’t like, and know what people like to play in their cars.” Dr. Dre, “Day of the Dre,” RS 666, September 30, 1993. Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg in Los Angeles, August 1993 | Image credit: Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, Mark Seliger, 1993
Beastie Boys, New York, May 1998 | Image credit: Beastie Boys, Mark Seliger, 1998
Beastie Boys, New York, May 1998 | Image credit: Beastie Boys, Mark Seliger, 1998
 "I had this idea where we’re in school and bored out of our minds, and we have Catholic uniforms on. And I said, ‘Why don’t we have knee-highs and tie the shirts up to give it a little attitude?’" Britney Spears, “Inside the Heart and Mind (and Bedroom) of America’s New Teen Queen,” RS 810, April 15, 1999. Spears in Kentwood, Louisiana, March 1999 | Image credit: Britney Spears, © David LaChapelle Studio Inc., 1999
“I had this idea where we’re in school and bored out of our minds, and we have Catholic uniforms on. And I said, ‘Why don’t we have knee-highs and tie the shirts up to give it a little attitude?’” Britney Spears, “Inside the Heart and Mind (and Bedroom) of America’s New Teen Queen,” RS 810, April 15, 1999. Spears in Kentwood, Louisiana, March 1999 | Image credit: Britney Spears, © David LaChapelle Studio Inc., 1999
[50 Years of Rolling Stone](http://abramsandchronicle.co.uk/books/photography/9781419724466-50-years-of-rolling-stone): The Music, Politics and People that Changed Our Culture by Rolling Stone and Jann S. Wenner (Abrams, £45)
50 Years of Rolling Stone: The Music, Politics and People that Changed Our Culture by Rolling Stone and Jann S. Wenner (Abrams, £45)

 

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