Have you seen the cover of the latest Rolling Stone, the one with the True Blood cast members splattered with blood Jackson Pollack style in their birthday suits? It's attracting quite a bit of attention -- and why not? It's sexy, bloody and, well, it's sexy and bloody.
But it's only the most recent in long line of RS covers that have shown lots of skin. Sex sells. Everybody knows this. What's more, strategic cloaked nudity moves magazines -- dinosaurs like Rolling Stone figured this out years ago. The more cynical among us might even say it's the primarily thing that's keeping them afloat. Well, that and Matt Taibbi.
Ah, well, suppose that's a discussion for another day. In the meantime, here's a rundown of some of the more memorable Rolling Stone covers over the years.
Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.