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Rolling Stone

October 2020

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12 Issues

in this issue

4 min.
remaking the rolling stone 500

“Our existing education system should include moral teachings. Your own health, your own happiness, your own successes in life very much depend on this warmheartedness.”—DALAI LAMA, page 38 WHEN WE FIRST PUBLISHED “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time,” in December 2003, Amy Winehouse was still three years from releasing Back to Black, and Kendrick Lamar’s good kid, m.A.A.d city, was almost a decade away; many of today’s top musicians (and fans) weren’t in middle school yet. While the original list has taken on a massive life of its own, with almost 63 million people reading it on our site last year (not to mention Facebook groups dedicated to debating it and fan-built pages lobbying for missing artists, such as the one called, “We want GENESIS listed on ROLLING STONE’S 500…

3 min.
love letters & advice

“The Beatles will always matter. They represent the longing for the ideal where injustice, war, and oppression are all outdated, and our social values include ‘radical’ concepts of peace and love.”—Cody Zimmer, via letter The Beatles Shine On Fifty years later and the world is still talking about the breakup of the Beatles. For our September cover story, Rob Sheffield (who authored Dreaming the Beatles: The Love Story of One Band and the Whole World) revisits that heartbreaking moment in music history [“And in the End,” RS 1343]. Readers who hold the breakup in their own memories and those who were not even alive when the Beatles were an active band had much to say about their lasting power today. “The Beatles changed my life with their music in a way I…

6 min.
love and happiness

WHEN MICHAEL TROTTER sat down on the staircase inside his home in Albion, Michigan, one day in 2017, he was ready to end his life. Grappling with post-traumatic stress disorder after serving in Iraq, Trotter thought that maybe his life-insurance policy could solve his wife and young son’s financial woes if he died. “I felt like I was the weight holding them back,” Trotter says. “I had failed, I guess, one time too many.” Distressed, Trotter’s wife and musical partner, Tanya Blount Trotter, called the police and tried to persuade her husband to hold on. “Michael, I know you have a plan to leave this world,” she told him, “but if you give me just five more minutes to love you, I promise I can make you staying in this world…

3 min.
this year’s coolest products

THOUSANDS OF PRODUCTS come across our desks each year, but only a few earn the ROLLING STONE stamp of approval. Our team of editors spent months testing some of the best new electronics, smart home devices, outdoor gear, and accessories on the market as we put together our inaugural Rolling Stone Essentials list. With a focus on performance, innovation, and design, this year’s list features 60 products that we found ourselves reaching for and using over and over again, whether working, relaxing at home, or on a socially distanced getaway. From our favorite headphones and retro-inspired speakers to digital cameras, sneakers, and a self-cleaning water bottle, here’s a look at what has caught our eyes and ears this year. Surround Sound Experience A premium sound bar with smart features and support for Dolby…

9 min.
tom petty’s lost treasures

DURING the last week of his life, Tom Petty grew unusually wistful. Home after a tour with the Heartbreakers, he had his wife, Dana, call up his rarely seen 2002 “Fun in the Desert” video, then asked her to track down a high school girlfriend on social media. “He hated Facebook,” Dana Petty recalls. “But he got super-nostalgic. Looking back, it’s very strange.” Little from his musical past tugged at him more than Wildflowers, the 1994 solo album that contained some of his most intimate, relaxed, and revealing songs, from “You Don’t Know How It Feels” to the wispy title folk song. With the help of producer Rick Rubin, the album became one of Petty’s most beloved and sonically expansive works. “He would always say, ‘That’s the best record we ever…

5 min.
katy perry

KATY PERRY has spent most of the pandemic sheltering in place and preparing for two major August releases: Her fifth album, Smile, and her first child, a daughter named Daisy Dove Bloom. “I keep saying it’s a bit of a win when the fans get an album and I get a baby,” Perry says, laughing over Zoom in what she calls her “fortuneteller” outfit: a silky pink-and-white floral button-down paired with a matching turban. On Smile, Perry pulls from the darkness she experienced in 2017 after a short separation from her now-fiancé, Orlando Bloom, and an unenthusiastic response to that year’s Witness, which was led by a subversive single about her post-election depression, “Chained to the Rhythm.” Smile balances heartache and hope, with emphasis on the latter. “It’s a record…