Rolling Stone is a cultural icon. On a recent trip to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, they had a huge exhibit devoted entirely to the magazine. That is just a testament to the extreme importance and influence that Rolling Stone magazine has not only in Rock and Roll, but in all genres of music. Every month the magazine features more than one mover and shaker, usually connected to music, but not always. Also, every month the back page is titled, “Charts” and list the Top 40 albums, a playlist created by a celebrity of some fashion, the top videos played on MTV that week, College Radio Top Ten Albums, and the top selling records from a record store at a unique location. Scanning this page can tell you everything that a causal enthusiast (me) needs to know about the music industry on a holistic basis. My least favorite section is the Smoking Section, where some un-named guy brags about his encounters and hanging-out-withs of various celebrities. While this magazine is largely about the music, it does foray into political matters. If you have conservative leanings and are easily angered by those who oppose your views, I would not recommend this magazine for you!