Rolling Stone -- every issue from 1967 to 2007 on DVD


22 Responses to “Rolling Stone -- every issue from 1967 to 2007 on DVD”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Horrible magazine, always was, always will be. Creem and Crawdaddy and Trouser Press infinitely better.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Once you install the reader application, searches are fast. They’re even faster if you copy the DVDs to your internal hard drive. (You’re not allowed to copy them to an external hard drive…)

    I’m curious — how exactly does this restriction work? Are you just not allowed to copy them, or will it not allow you to read them if it discovers the files on an external drive (What I’m really wondering is if there’s anything that would prevent you from copying the files to an internal hard drive and then putting that drive in an external enclosure).

    Similarly, will it not let you use it off of a network drive (can I copy it to one computer in my house but read it off another)?

  3. Jake says:

    I felt the same way about the Stone as a lot of the other commenters here until I got a free subscription when I bought an iPod charger for my car (no shit). The covers are admittedly terrible and lowest-common-denominator, but I was surprised to find some great articles tucked inside.

    Back in June 2006 there was a great multi-thousand-word piece about James Brown (before he died, even) by Jonathan Letham called “Being James Brown” that would’ve been worth the annual subscription price of $11.99 by itself.

    And this year, Matt Taibbi’s coverage of the primary campaigns has been awesome. I actually PAID for a subscription to Rolling Stone this time just so I could keep reading Taibbi’s stuff. Check out his recent profile of Mike Huckabee: Our Favorite Right-Wing Nut Job. He clearly owes a large debt to the great Dr. Thompson, but there’s been no one else carrying that torch quite so eloquently since the original stomped terra.

  4. Murderface says:

    Rolling Stone magazine: Gasping for relevance since 1967.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Why aren’t you allowed to copy the issues to an external hard drive? Can you tell us more about the reader application?

  6. tim mcdonough says:

    I loved perusing my brother’s old RS’s from the 70s and I especially admired the lovely cover designs. Those covers took a pretty serious downturn in the 80s when RS consolidated their look; boring fonts, boring photography and inane story slugs. I remember Duran Duran touted as “THE FAB FIVE” on one cover, Sean Penn was “THE NEXT JAMES DEAN?” on another. Haven’t read RS in years, hope things have improved.

  7. Hubert Figuiere says:

    With real chunks of DRM in it.

    Cory should love it :-)

  8. Kblackwell says:

    You should do a count on specific names, see who shows up the most.
    I’m betting it would be Bob Dylan, because they’re bonkers over him.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Yeah, I was interested in this and the Playboy DVD set until I found out about the DRM — there’s a company putting out complete runs of old Marvel Comics on DVD as plain vanilla PDFs and it works great for me. I can copy everything onto my external drive (or just the issues I’m interested in) and read them without anything fancier than Adobe Reader.

  10. Man On Pink Corner says:

    How in the world do they allow you to copy the files to an internal hard drive but not an external one?

  11. Anonymous says:

    The first commenter hits the nail on the head. It’s telling that “the first taste of MDMA” came a decade late.

    There was an exchange with Jann Wenner and Stephen Colbert on the Colbert Report, in which Wenner cited Prince as an example of good new music coming out today. Here’s the link … I had to sift through Comedy Central’s horribly organized website and sit through an advertisement in which David Spade shamelessly pitched for Axe Shower Gel, but the Wenner clip is a nice example of “grasping for relevance.”

  12. Mark Frauenfelder says:

    Man on Pink Corner: They give you no choice. Here’s a screen grab of the dialogue box:

  13. Micheal Kelly says:


    Try installing to your HD (as you’ve already done), then manually copying the files to folder on an external drive. Once you’ve done that, make a symbolic link from where the files used to be on the internal, to their new home on the external. I’d be curious to know if that works.

  14. Mark Frauenfelder says:

    I must confess I don’t know how to make a symbolic link on my Mac. If you tell me how, I’ll give this a try!

    BTW, the first mention of “world wide web” was a 616-word article, “Music by Modem” which ran in in July 1994 and was written by my friend, James Daly.

  15. DaveX66 says:

    Rolling Stone. Phooey! Now the entire run of National Lampoon, that’s worth getting excited about! Does anyone know if any of these would work with any of the ebooks? I suppose the size might be a drawback…

  16. eliterrell says:

    On a Mac, they’re called aliases. You can make one by right clicking a file->Make Alias or selecting it and hitting Command-L.

  17. eliterrell says:

    On a Mac, they’re called aliases. You can make one by right clicking a file->Make Alias or selecting it and hitting Command-L.

  18. Kblackwell says:

    I know nothing about Macs.
    But I bet on a Windows machine it looks at an environment variable, say SYSTEMDRIVE, and obtains the drive letter from that. Or maybe it gets it out of the registry. Maybe you should send me a copy of this so I can investigate :)

  19. Profetik86 says:

    …The DRM would be worth it for HST.

  20. Harisn says:

    Corporate magazines still suck

  21. qwert says:

    RollingStone was/is the bible. I started reading it when it was a newspaper.

  22. Murderface says:

    I am stunned that there are still people who read that stale, wretched excuse for a magazine, and especially that there is readership overlap with this site. The so-called “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame” is more up to date.

    If I wanted to experience baby boomers fawning over each other and staid music, I’d put on Disraeli Gears and surf over to lemonparty.

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