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In 1967, one of music’s most notorious magazines published its first issue. Rolling Stone was published in San Francisco featuring John Lennon on the first cover in his outfit for the film How I Won the War. The first release actually included a free roach clip with the issue. Talk about a good read.
In 1966, the notorious Paul is dead rumors took on all sorts of interesting shapes of morbidity. Paul McCartney supposedly ‘blew his mind out in a car’ and was decapitated in an automobile wreck somewhere in England. The rumors began after a traffic accident involving his car. The rumor was acknowledged in an article in a Beatles fanzine. Later in September of 1969, another article was published in a student newspaper at Iowa’s Drake University. The article addressed rumors that had been circulating around the campus, including details about the lyrics “turn me on, dead man” heard when “Revolution 9” is played backwards. In October of 1969, a caller to Detroit radio station WKNR-FM told DJ Ross Gibb about the details of the rumor. Gibb and other callers discussed the rumor on air for the next hour. By the end of October the rumors were getting so out of control that the Beatles’ press office issued statements denying the rumor and in November Paul himself addressed the issue in an interview with Life magazine. In 2010 a mockumentary titled Paul McCartney Really Is Dead: The Last Testament of George Harrison? was released featuring fabricated audio tapes of Harrison explaining the rumor was true. No wonder Rolling Stone was giving out free roach clips those days…
Finally, Susan Tedeschi of the Tedeschi Trucks band celebrates her 42nd birthday today. She will be performing with the band here in Boston on November 29th at the House of Blues.