To mark the shutdown of Rolling Stone's San Francisco office -- there were only three employees, and two will be laid off -- The Chron offered this semi-obit on Saturday.
The magazine began its irreverent life in San Francisco some 42 years ago, and quickly became the chronicle of the counter-culture. Within a few years, it became a pivotal voice for everything from rock and roll to politics, boosting the careers of Hunter Thompson, Tom Wolfe, Ben Fong-Torres and a host of others who were attracted by the ability to write long, take chances and create their own style.
Go here for a quick backgrounder on a glimpse of why the mag mattered and what we lost when the book went mainstream. bk