The iconic music magazine, Rolling Stone is to launch a dedicated UK edition thanks to an exclusive licensing agreement between its owners Penske Media Corporation and Stream Publishing, home of the LGBTQ magazine, Attitude.
The UK edition will launch across print and online and will emerge some 50 years after the first attempt to launch a local titles – which was sponsored by the Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger – dissolved within its first few months.
The launches will go live this autumn but the frequency of the UK print title is still to be confirmed. Its New York flagship magazine is a monthly print publication. Stream, a content creation and live events agency will begin to launch live events under the Rolling Stones brand in spring 2022.
Darren Styles OBE, managing director of Stream, said: “The arrival of Rolling Stone in the UK is not only a hugely exciting development for our brilliant team, but also fantastic news for the UK music and entertainment industries which deserve the showcase and platform that this iconic brand will deliver.
“A Rolling Stone cover is the picture worth 10,000 words and UK artists will now have opportunities of their own to achieve just that, as well as access to the RS network that stretches well beyond its native USA to Australia, CHina, and more than a dozen other countries.
“We are excited to have the opportunity to search out UK talent to commentate on one of the most fascinating political ages this country has seen and have the opportunity to bring to light the kind of long-reads and investigative work made famous by the like of Hunter S Thompson, P J O’Rourke and Tom Wolfe
“Rolling Stone UK, here as there, will share the stories that need to be told, shine light into dark corners and yet celebrate too, that which entertains us. There is no title better suited to these times.”
Rolling Stone president and chief operating officer, Gus Wenner, said he “couldn’t be more thrilled about the launch.
“The opportunity to bring our content to a country we have a longstanding history with and admiration for feels right. The UK is the birthplace of some of the most iconic musicians, many of whom have played a significant role in shaping our legacy.
“Today is the beginning of another exciting chapter in our evolution.”