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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone August 2019

No one covers the people, politics and issues that matter (now more than ever) like Rolling Stone. Your source for all the breaking news coverage, exclusive interviews with influential people, music trends, hot album and movie reviews, must-read rock star profiles and in-depth national affairs reporting you rely on in the magazine. An annual term to Rolling Stone is currently 12 issues. The number of issues in an annual term is subject to change at any time. Get Rolling Stone digital magazine subscription today for cutting-edge reporting, provocative photos and raw interviews with influential people who shape the scene and rock the world.

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12 Issues


3 min.
rolling stone

Jason Fine EDITOR DEPUTY EDITOR Sean Woods MUSIC EDITOR Christian Hoard CREATIVE DIRECTOR Joseph Hutchinson DIRECTOR OF CREATIVE CONTENT Catriona Ni Aolain DIGITAL DIRECTOR Jerry Portwood MANAGING EDITOR Alison Weinflash DEPUTY MUSIC EDITOR Simon Vozick-Levinson ENTERTAINMENT EDITORS David Fear Maria Fontoura NEWS DIRECTOR Jason Newman SENIOR EDITOR Phoebe Neidl CULTURE EDITOR Elisabeth Garber-Paul SENIOR MUSIC EDITORS Patrick Doyle Brendan Klinkenberg Hank Shteamer REVIEWS EDITOR Jon Dolan SENIOR MUSIC BUSINESS EDITOR Amy X. Wang NEWS EDITOR Sarah Grant ASSISTANT EDITOR Suzy Exposito SENIOR WRITERS David Browne Tim Dickinson David Fricke Andy Greene Kory Grow Brian Hiatt Alex Morris Stephen Rodrick Jamil Smith Matt Taibbi CHIEF FILM CRITIC Peter Travers CHIEF TV CRITIC Alan Sepinwall STAFF WRITERS Jon Blistein Ryan Bort EJ Dickson Charles Holmes Daniel Kreps Elias Leight Claire Shaffer Brittany Spanos Tessa Stuart WASHINGTON, D.C., BUREAU CHIEF Andy Kroll RS COUNTRY EDITOR Joseph Hudak RS COUNTRY DEPUTY EDITOR Jon Freeman ART DIRECTOR Matthew Cooley DEPUTY ART DIRECTOR Toby Fox DEPUTY PHOTO EDITOR Sacha Lecca ASSOCIATE PHOTO EDITOR Griffin Lotz SENIOR MULTIMEDIA EDITOR Joe…

3 min.
rebel with a curfew

“One of the most important ingredients in trust is truth, but speaking truth can often make people quite uncomfortable.”—KAMALA HARRIS A FEW WEEKS after Billie Eilish became the first artist born in the 21st century to release a Number One album, ROLLING STONE contributing editor Josh Eells pulled up to the L.A. bungalow where she’s lived with her parents her entire life. He didn’t know what to expect. “I was apprehensive,” says Eells. “I don’t interact with 17-year-olds very often, and I certainly don’t have thoughtful, stimulating conversations with them about their lives and work.” It didn’t take long for Eilish to put him at ease with her openness, easy humor, and reflections on what it’s like to become one of the most famous pop stars in the world when you still…

3 min.
+ love letters & advice

Halsey: A Rebel at Peace Thank you, Halsey, for standing up for what you believe in and being so honest. It gives me hope. I have bipolar II and was raped a few years ago; I wasn’t able to overcome it and it almost ended my life. I’m now trying to get better — you help me believe. I truly admire you and your music. —Laurie, via Twitter Totally awesome ROLLING STONE cover featuring Halsey and her un-airbrushed underarms. I’m all about it. #womenhavehair #getoverit —Mayim Bialik, via Twitter I mean, that’s just some five o’clock shadow under there. It’s not like it looks as though she’s got Zach Galifianakis in a headlock or something. —Jason, via Twitter Screw anyone who tries to deny her and take her mixed card away. Us mixed kids are never accepted…

1 min.
sheeran’s calm before the show

EVERY NIGHT BEFORE Ed Sheeran plays a concert, security clears out his dressing room and he heads over to the stage, where he puts on his guitar and ear monitors and tests everything out. “It’s quite a nice moment before he goes out to 65,000 people,” says Sheeran’s touring photographer, Zakary Walters, of this image taken in Lyon, France. “He’s very much in thought. He’s not talking to anyone.” When Sheeran’s Divide tour ends August 26th with hometown shows in Ipswich, England, he will have sold 8.8 million tickets and probably surpassed U2’s record for the highest-grossing concert tour ever. “I asked him the other day, ‘Do you know how you’re going to feel when it’s done?’ ” Walters says. “He said, ‘I really don’t know if I’m going to be…

4 min.
a boogie’s quiet domination

LATE LAST YEAR, when A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie released his album, Hoodie SZN, it sold just 823 physical copies. But in a sign of how radically the industry has changed, that low total didn’t stop it from soon becoming Number One, thanks to wild streaming numbers. Since then, the LP has been streamed a staggering 1.7 billion times, according to BuzzAngle. That’s enough to earn A Boogie the third-most-streamed album of the year, trailing only releases from Ariana Grande and Billie Eilish. So how does the rapper feel about his surprise smash? “The creative process of Hoodie SZN was … not my best,” he says with a sigh on a recent afternoon. “I don’t know what to tell you.” He elaborates by saying the album is too dark — dwelling…

2 min.
the making of woodstock ’69

WOODSTOCK 1969 HAS BECOME so legendary, it’s easy to forget how doomed it seemed at the time. The new 50th-anniversary coffee-table book Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace & Music details the harrowing planning process, like how Michael Lang and his team lost their festival site just four weeks out, before Lang drove by a 600-acre farm in Bethel, New York, and persuaded the owner on the spot to let them use the site. The team scraped by, enlisting police to work under the table and the Merry Pranksters to help teach kids how to build tents. Lang’s book compiles Henry Diltz’s historic photos and papers, going inside the booking plans (the Plastic Ono Band at one point offered to play). “We wanted more personal stuff that wasn’t just about the…