When it comes to reading up about the best of classic and up-and-coming music artistry, Cream would regularly turn to two publications, one on either side of the Atlantic. For British music and pop culture, we’d peruse The Face – now sadly defunct but, oh, how we’re glad we’ve kept every single copy for posterity’s sake.
For American, we’d turn to the ever-trusty Rolling Stone magazine.
The fact that the Australian edition of Rolling Stone recycled some of its big US brother’s content didn’t faze us too much, since the bulk of the mag has always honed in on excellent Aussie music.
Now, to celebrate four decades of the title in Oz, 150 of the greatest covers spanning four decades of Rolling Stone Australia will be touring the country and can be first seen at the Yarra Ranges Regional Museum from this Saturday 20 April to Sunday 7 July 2013.
With the ever-so familiar masthead, designed by psychedelic artist Rick Griffin, and stunning photography by international luminaries like Annie Leibovitz and local pixmen, the collection is as much a museum-like experience as it is a pop cultural trainspotting exercise.
Cover features include Midnight Oil, Blondie, Madonna, Michael Hutchence, Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, Bono, The Beatles and even a naked-and-chained Miranda Kerr.
The exhibition is free.
For more information visit www.yarraranges.vic.gov.au/museum.