On the cover of the Rolling Stone
Remember Dr. Hook’s song from the seventies; “Wanna see my smilin’ face on the cover of the Rolling Stone”?
For people involved in the music business, the cover of the Rolling Stone has always been the place to be. The magazine has used sometimes-controversial covers. America’s best-known serial killer – Charles Manson – stared out from the cover with those creepy eyes of his. Janet Jackson appeared naked from the waist up … a man standing behind her, his hands cupping her breasts.
In spite of many stores’ banning of last week’s edition, Rolling Stone will sell lots of copies of the magazine featuring the photo of the accused Boston bomber. Maybe that’s why so many people are upset; not about the image as much as the magazine making a buck off the image.
But if you’re doing a big story on someone, doesn’t it make sense to use their photo on the cover? I suggest anyone offended by the cover should not buy the magazine.
Our thought for today is from Frank Miller, Jr.:
“The day you write to please everyone you no longer are in journalism. You are in show business.”