But the thrill we’ve never known
Is the thrill that’ll getcha when you get your picture
On the cover of the Rollin’ Stone
That was Dr. Hook’s musical homage to that great institution and what it meant to land that coveted spot, the COVER of Rolling Stone magazine.
But if you can find a copy when its released this week at the store of your choice, its famous cover this month isn’t going to Kanye, The Kinks, R Kelly or The Killers, its being bestowed upon – Ka-Tump Ka-Thump – the Boston Marathon Bomber.
That’s right; the cover of this iconic rag has been given up to a terrorist. In the words of Larry the Cable Guy, “Where do we live; RUSSIE?”
The Boston terrorist’s actual name is Dzhokhar Tsarnaev but his local nickname, Ka-Thump Ka-Tump, came from that weenie talk show host Scott Parks on 98.1 KMBZ. Why the nickname? Because Parks, like most of us, can’t pronounce “Dzhokhar Tsarnaev” and Ka-Tump Ka-Thump was the sound it made when he ran over his brother in the car he was driving while trying to escape the police.
Oh, take it easy – just stop – he was probably already dead anyway…..
CVS, Walgreens, Rite-Aid, Kmart and the East coast chain Tedeschi Foods say they won’t be carrying it. 7-11 will stock it, but says they need to in order to service their demographic on the East coast.
I say it’s a stroke of marketing genius, because, as The Donald says, any press is good press. Case in point, Craig Glazer on the cover the The Pitch.
But maybe not so much for a rag that’s suffered a serious decrease in magazine sales in recent years. I know, in my case, a lot of luster was lost when the format changed. It’s certainly not what it used to be even though I greatly enjoy Matt Taibbi’s writing – always controversial and always thought provoking.
A simple scan of the Internet shows a somewhat surprising reaction from former Rolling Stone cover folks and celebs:
Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee tweeted; “WTF?”
Jack Osbourne said, “This is exactly why these fuck heads commit terrorism, so they can get the recognition they so desire” and is urging for a boycott of the magazine.
Jacks sister, Kelly Osbourne, called it, “Glorifying a monster.”
“You always think as an artist ‘If I ever get on the cover of Rolling Stone I’ll know I’ve made it!’ That was until they started promoting terrorists,” tweeted country artist John Rich.
Hollywood publicist Roger Neal said, “This magazine has done some outlandish things over the years but this one is way over the top and could cost them readership and subscribers. I don’t think they expected this huge outcry. Somebody screwed up here plain and simple. Advertisers should be concerned, this is about as un-American as you can get.”
Rolling Stone has to support its decision, either out of face saving, damage control or as a result of honest convictions that they really think it was a great move. However senior editor Christian Hoard tweeted, then deleted, “I guess we should have drawn a dick on Dzhokhar’s face or something.”
Rolling Stone managing editor Will Dana supported her questionable move by saying, “I am completely comfortable about the decision that we made. The cover story we are publishing this week falls within the traditions of journalism and Rolling Stone’s long-standing commitment to serious and thoughtful coverage of the most important political and cultural issues of our day.”
The fact that Tsarnaev is young, and in the same age group as many of our readers, makes it all the more important for us to examine the complexities of this issue.”
Rolling Stone did, however, release a statement saying that their “hearts go out to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, and that their thoughts are with them and their families.”
I talked to Dan this morning to get his opinion on the topic. He doesn’t carry Rolling Stone but said, “Hell no, I wouldn’t sell it! If it cost me the contract with the company I would give up the magazines and replace them with a display of t-shirts that said, “Where’s Lee Harvey Oswald When You Need Him?”
I love me some Mers.
Happy Thursday to my devoted readers, fans and “de3iples”.