For the first time in Australian history, 150 of the greatest covers spanning over four decades of Rolling Stone Australia are touring the country. Rolling Stone: The Covers 1972 – 2000 is on display at Tweed River Art Gallery until early April 2013.

This show is an artisan travelling exhibition. artisan produces Australia’s largest touring program of craft and design exhibitions and is proud to partner with Rolling Stone Australia to present this first ever exhibition of Rolling Stone covers.

Rolling Stone magazine was launched in 1967 by the young and entrepreneurial Jann Wenner, in the San Francisco heartland of the counter-culture movement.

With an original masthead designed by the late psychedelic artist Rick Griffin, stunning photography and illustration by luminaries including Annie Leibovitz and Ralph Steadman, and the work of stellar art directors, Rolling Stone’s covers have become as iconic as the stars that feature on them.

Many of these covers have come to define an era. This is not in terms of the cover stars but through the brilliant design, photography, illustration and typography.

The Australian edition of Rolling Stone was launched in 1972 by Phillip Frazer, the founder and editor of the Australian popular-culture magazine Go-set.

Since then Australian Rolling Stone has had a string of great editors and art directors. Currently under the stewardship of Matt Coyte, Editor-in-chief, and Joe Ferrara, Art Director, the tradition of stunning cover design continues, as does the tradition of supporting talented local photographers, illustrators, graphic designers and writers.

The Australian Rolling Stone is the longest surviving overseas edition. As the premier music and entertainment magazine in Australia, Rolling Stone has come to reflect global and Australian popular culture with passion, honesty and attitude.

This exhibition features some of the best Australian covers from 1972 to 2010. Together, they chronicle the culture and design of the last four decades.

“I am sure visitors will be fascinated by this exhibition, ” the Director of Tweed River Art Gallery, Susi Muddiman, said.

“Many of the images from the cover of Rolling Stone are now iconic, possibly the most recognisable being the very moving Leibovitz photograph of John and Yoko Lennon in a nude embrace, and the most amusing the irresistibly cheeky Bon Scott doing what he does best. These images take us immediately to their time, as do the changing graphic design styles. This is a great show for lovers of music, design and photography.”

OFFICIAL OPENING:

All are invited to attend the official exhibition opening by Phillip Frazer, who founded Rolling Stone Australia in 1972, at 6 (DST) on Friday 18 January 2013.