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My Opinion on Rolling Stone Magazine

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Seriouscat123, Apr 7, 2014.

  1. Seriouscat123

    Seriouscat123 Banned

    Jun 26, 2013

    Rolling Stone Magazine

    Does this magazine have any credibility nowadays? Seriously, saying a Kanye West album is a masterpiece gives them zero credibility with me. The writers of this magazine are so wishy wahsy, and basically change to fit with the times. Good artists have been blasted in the past by Rolling Stone, but nowadays they are given praise. In the beginning, this magazine actually gave Led Zeppelin terrible reviews. The bands they originally snubbed, now are held in very high regard. Ironically, the magazine is run by the same music snobs as the Rock Hall. It seemed in the late 60s, this magazine compared everything to Cream, and it got quite tiresome.

    The magazine altogether bores me. The topics and articles aren't that insightful. You probably could find something more interesting on the back of a cereal box. The writers also seem to be huge jerks, and overly biased. Why must the reviews change over time? It seems like if a review is criticized, they will eventually change it. It seems like Rolling Stone doesn't stick to their guns, they do stick with the bandwagon approach. Unfortunately, the magazine is run by Jann Wenner, who seems like a major nincompoop. I don't believe this magazine will ever get better, they will keep changing opinions to fit in and stay relevant today.

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  2. rs/wenner have not had any credibility since they went from a newspaper to a glossy slick mag full of ads for hair gels and designer duds....there was the odd article and i always liked hst,but is it really any more than a people magazine with edgier haircuts....
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  3. JacoLesFlea


    Jun 16, 2006
    I use to get it all the time in the late 70's early 80's. It went to shat when they put Britney Spears and the purple tele-tubbie on the front cover.
  4. Tanner5382


    Sep 26, 2010
    Canton, GA
    It's a complete joke.
  5. Milk


    Sep 16, 2013
    Montreal, Canada
    RS is a joke but really is it surprising the opinions on certain bands would change when the staff is obviously entirely different than the one they had in the 70s?
  6. karl_em_all


    Jul 11, 2013
    Dimension X
    Used to be cool. Now it's a rag.
  7. Rocker949


    Apr 20, 2005
    "Mad" magazine has way more credibility and journalistic integrity.
  8. rtav

    rtav Millionaire Stuntman, Half-Jackalope

    Dec 12, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    I don't know of a single person I respect who has ANY respect for Rolling Stone magazine, which is really a self-congratulatory exercise for "look at me, I'm so cool I don't have to try" elitists suffering from delusions of adequacy.

    I wouldn't use it for toilet paper as my *55 would suddenly start calling itself Jann Wenner and reveling in all that came out of it... which is PRECISELY how the whole nasty rag started, anyways.
  9. fishtx

    fishtx Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    Endorsing Artist: Spector Basses/Genz Benz - RIP/Mojo Hand FX
    Rolling what?
  10. I am Soma

    I am Soma Supporting Member

    Jan 2, 2013
    shhhh...someone will on here will just tell you that you don't "get" pop music like kanye west lol
  11. Baird6869

    Baird6869 RIP Gord Downey. A True Canadian Icon. Supporting Member

    I have an electronic subscription so I only pay around a buck a month. There may be one good article a month. I usually read it in 15 minutes cover to cover. I don't really take anything they say seriously in many case. Especially the cd reviews.

    Example: RS reviewed the last Flea/Thom Yorke Atoms for Peace CD a while back. The review was sickeningly glowing. You would have sworn it was one of the best CDs ever released. I bought the CD and it is one of the most self indulgent, droning pieces of $h!t I have ever heard (and I am a big RHCP fan and don't mind Radiohead). So terrible that I threw the disc out the window on the highway in disgust as it was giving me a migraine.
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  12. modulusman

    modulusman Banned

    Jan 18, 2004
    The reason I read Rolling Stone is the non music articles. Matt Taibbi has written some great articles on politics and finance. The latest issue had an article about Heroin addiction in Vermont and an interview with James Spader.
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  13. Itzayana


    Aug 15, 2012
    Oakland Ca
    Yeah we keep gettin' richer but we can't get our pittcher on the cover of a Rollin' Stone.

    It's an okay non-musician's music magazine. Like most products in the publishing world, it was pretty good in the early years when it was a quasi underground pub and then hit the mat when the corporations took control. Haven't read it in many years.
  14. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    It's a magazine that still has a decent number of subscribers and over the years the content of the magazine has changed to accommodate its subscriber base it's just a music magazine how credible does it have to be? and I have personally never bought any music based on some magazine writers review it's all personal opinion.
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  15. Rocker949


    Apr 20, 2005
    How credible does it have to be? Way more credible than it currently is for me to take it seriously.
  16. tangentmusic

    tangentmusic A figment of our exaggeration

    Aug 17, 2007
    OP: Your opinion of RS is not uncommon. Like some have said - "used to be good, now it's a rag" The publication has been poor for many years now.
  17. Clef_de_fa


    Dec 25, 2011
    I thought it was more about gossips and starting rumor about music stars ... not really about the music.
  18. Yeh, no surprise really. Rolling Stone is an after-the-fact type of magazine, they only pay attention to artists who have already had some success. Much like many radio stations do. I haven't bothered picking up an issue in a couple of decades.
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  19. jerry

    jerry Doesn't know BDO Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    +1, Taibbi is a smart cat! I'm happy when RS shows up in my mailbox, my opinion differs from theirs on music sometimes, but no big deal.
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  20. A classic rock fan who doesn't like a rap artist? Watch out everyone, we have a rebel on our hands
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