June 7, 1973. The height of technology.


Daltrey, piercing even in black and white. (June 7, 1973)


The Master of Erotic Despair, Leonard Cohen. Dayyyum. (June 7, 1973)


Utterly classic. Ad from June 21st issue, 1973.


Maybe these hip people are listening to Bowie on their Hear Muffs!!! (June 21, 1973)


“A young man’s search for the things that everybody wants.” (July 5, 1973)


More like hot Mid-Western, amiright? (Dylan is from Minnesota…too much of a stretch? July 5, 1973)


Glorious. (July 19, 1973)20150328_145820

Isaac. (July 19, 1973)


George. (July 19, 1973)


I’d like to wear that on the subway, next to a man spreader. (August 16, 1973)


I had wondered about this. The oldest copies have not held up well, what with the folding. (August 30, 1973)


Sleepy Van Morrison. (August 30, 1973)


New York Dolls ad, August 30, 1973.


Roberta. (September 13, 1973)


I wonder how much praise the person who came up with this concept received.


Maybe if I am ever famous I would shill for something, but only if I actually liked to product, and only if I could pose in an ad with it like this. (September 27, 1973)



A timeless Ralph Steadman piece, September 27, 1973.


Persistent pant campaign. (October 11, 1973)


David Carradine serving major face. (October 25, 1973)


Slumber party at Al Green’s house! (October 25, 1973)


Liza Minnelli, Alice Cooper, and Ronnie Spector. How did the camera not combust?! (November 8, 1973)


Crazy. (November 8, 1973)


This accompanied a piece called “Hatboxes Full of Dreams” about beauty contests. I like that flashbulb quality image layered over a solid color. (November 8, 1973)


Gimme Mick. (November 8, 1973)


Bowie’s marketing and style presence really set the bar. (November 22, 1973)



Also great design, though I don’t know about the cherub. Plus OVERALLS (November 22, 1973)


Radical. (December 6, 1973)


Could you imagine what would happen if 70s Lou Reed and Loudon Wainwright III got together? What would they talk about?

(December 6, 1973)


I should research who designed ads for Apple Records. (December 6, 1973)


I feel like that is a genuine smile on Diana’s face. (December 20, 1973)


This goof again. How could I not? The colors, the colors! And the curls.  (December 20, 1973)

Apparently I jumped to 1982…


Belushi and Aykroyd. Can we talk about the name Aykroyd? The more I look at it and say it in my head the stranger it seems.


I’ll tell you where you went wrong – you placed overalls in the past. Overalls are the present and the Future!




Again, not praising the actual product, just the design of the ad.


Zappa babies.


Diane Keaton is the coolest.


Worlds are colliding! Joe is such a babe.


Now that’s a dynamic layout.


Damn. Sanity versus insanity.



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The July 15th, 1976 issue of Rolling Stone featured a lengthy piece on the new show “Saturday Night”.

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I particularly enjoy old photos of Lorne Michaels.

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He was a babe. I also love how the show is repeatedly referred to as “SN” for Saturday Night, which beautifully, is also my initials. Coincidence? I think not.

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There were also great portraits of most of the cast members. I’d never seen this shot of Gilda before.

In other 1976 issues…

A goofy McCartney from the June 17th issue.

A goofy McCartney from the June 17th issue.

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A striking Hall and Oates full page ad from May 20th.

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Lou in the April 8th issue. Gotta love that yellow script typography.

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Dylan, March 11th. I could stare at this face for hours.

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I just like this Bose ad. It’s a pretty sassy lil’ ad.

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A February 12th, 1976 Patti Smith album review. All hail. Better than this? A full spread in the January 1st issue!

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February 12th. Bowie made all of the other covers between January and July look silly.

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Dylan and Ali in the January 15th issue.

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“Bob’s attitude is very similar to the Buddhist view of nonattachment.”

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And this gem from the January 1st issue. This is one for a caption contest.

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And last, but most certainly not least, a letter from “Lennono” in the January 1st issue.

In Which a Person Continues to Long for Eras She Did Not Live Through*, vintage Rolling Stone Magazines Part 2

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I mean..

Springsteen. Speechless. (1974)

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Well, well, well. Who knew Casio was so ahead of the game with sleek ‘credit card-sized’ portable music devices? What I want to know is if they came with a headband. And how much radiation they emitted. (1985)

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Feeeeeeeee-eeed the Wooooorrld!

I can’t even with this spread. A BEARDED Elvis Costello, top left, and George Michaels’ captured while dueting with Elton John? Stop it. (1985, duh.)

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1985 really had everything.

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A little John Cusack and Martin Short. (1985.)
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Lily F’in Tomlin (1974)
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Always the best graphic design. (1974)
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Lou Reed and Grace Jones shilled for Honda?! (1985)
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A fresh-faced Aimee Mann, long before The Both. (1985)
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Koala Costner (1985)
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Benetton. I had to. (1985)

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Classic. It’s too bad that Converse is such a vile enterprise now. (1985)

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What must it have been like to be aware of popular music when Prince hit the scene? *I was an embryo. (1985).

Yes, I bounced between 1974 and 1985.

Dust it Off or Adventures in Vintage Rolling Stone Magazines Part 1

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Can you spot Ringo?
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Do pardon the wretched fingernails.
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Allee Willis!!

Literally the best find thus far in this research. She is one of my personal heroes, for her design work on PeeWee’s Playhouse! Plus she wrote the theme song to Friends and contributed to lots of other songs you’d recognize. Know her!

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Groovy pen and ink advert.
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I want wallpaper of this.

The Dylanologist, A.J. Weberman.

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This layout is everything. Jagger or not.

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And the best for last. Nothing will ever compare.

This was merely part one. Prepare thyself.

spread the word, like butter

So here I am, lounging at my friend’s idyllic apartment in an old house way the hell in upstate NY, on a rainy Sunday morning. Her and her roommate are at church, and this heathen has just worshipped at the altar of John Lennon and Yoko Ono. I’m so glad that Yoko recently put this video up in YouTube. I found a lot of inspiration in it.

It’s nice to just see how in love John and Yoko were. It’s nice to see partners. PARTNERS.

And I particularly liked how John likened cops and ‘squares’ to retarded children who need our help.

The Agony and the Ecstasy…

As I’ve mentioned before, I am utterly fascinated with Phil Spector. For the uninitiated, he is the genius behind the ‘Wall of Sound,’ who produced countless ’60s hits like Be My Baby, and He Hit Me (and it Felt Like a Kiss) and later, more timeless songs like Imagine by John Lennon. Don’t get this twisted – as someone at the cinema where I saw this documentary seemed to when I asked for the poster- there is absolutely no physical interest. (Have you seen what this guy looks like and looked like?)

No, this fascination is not like my adoration for Bono or George Harrison. This one is purely intellectual. There is something about his work that just hypnotizes me. Despite his outlandish ways, despite the fact that he is currently in jail, having been accused of murder (I think he’s innocent), nobody can deny his brilliance. Nobody. Maybe you’ll need to see The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector to understand.

I was afraid that this film would be too heavy on the courtroom footage, but it was very well edited. Legal proceedings were well tempered with old footage of musical performances, home recordings and other interviews. And I have to say, the courtroom footage wasn’t as dull as I would have thought. Mostly because its basely comical to see Spector shake uncontrollably, nod off, and glare at those testifying against him.

But the best parts are during his one-on-one interview with Vikram Jayanti. He repeatedly lambastes Tony Bennett (I’d love to know how that tetchy association began), alludes to his hair as somehow real, and makes bold claims about his importance. Basically he is hilarious and cantankerous in that enviable way that most old people get to be.

Another of Phil’s musical gems that this doc gave me a newfound appreciation for is You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling by The Righteous Brothers. It might be kind of corny, until you can get past the aesthetics, and really focus on the words and the tone.

(If I were a teen in 1964, I think I would have had a wild crush on Bill Medley.)