Grateful Dead

Rolling Stone and the Summer of Love

By Blair Jackson

Rolling StoneRolling Stone magazine has been celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, and the two issues they’ve put out so far specifically celebrating this milestone are well worth tracking down. The first installment, which came out in May, featured a gaggle of fantastic interviews with musicians such as Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger, Neil Young and our own Bob Weir, writers Tom Wolfe and Norman Mailer, filmmakers Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese and Michael Moore, and political and cultural figures ranging from Jimmy Carter to Stewart Brand. Great reading!

But it’s their latest anniversary special, dated July 12-26, that will be of particular interest to Dead Heads. The entire issue focuses on the year 1967 and includes excerpts from Rolling Stone’s first issues; fine essays on the cultural and musical revolutions that erupted in that magical year; reflections on how the Summer of Love played in different areas, including L.A., New York, London, Memphis and, of course, San Francisco; a colorful reminiscence by Bob Weir (called “LSD Forced Us to Listen to Each Other”); stories about Monterey Pop and the making of Sgt. Pepper; and perhaps most interesting of all, a fascinating profile of Owsley Stanley (aka Bear), the Dead’s innovative first sound man, benefactor, chemical explorer and the driving force behind the famous Wall of Sound. Bear lives in Australia these days and still does occasional sound and recording work—all of it to his famously exacting standards—as well as work in art and jewelry. To find out much more about Bear, check out his thought-provoking web site,


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narly1's picture
Joined: Jul 22 2007
Jann Weenie?

Richard William Narlian
This J.Werner guy claims to be THE founder of R.S.
I remember when he was healded as'the WUNDERKID.
Rolling Stone began as a very small newspaper,published out of an office about as big as the current R.S.'s janitor closet.
The REAL GENIUS behind the beginning of R.S. was a long forgotten(or,memory shoved aside to make room for Werners ego)Ralph J Gleason.
Well,SOMEBODY had to recognize the departed genius.

stone jack baller's picture
Joined: Jun 8 2007
Rolling Stone Magazine and the "Summer of Love?"

If you need RS to find out what went down in '67, you'll know less than you do now.

daloky69's picture
Joined: Jun 28 2007
rolling stone

i just got the issue last week end and havent read it all. but so far its is on of the best issues to date. when i start reading it i dont want to put it down. peace/love/and happyness

sequoiadean's picture
Joined: Jul 20 2007
Rolling Stone

I agree that the article about Owsley was very interesting.

Joined: Jul 18 2007
the annoying questionmarks...

whats up with all the annoying questionmarks? throughout? all? the printing?


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