Pop Culture & Performing Arts

Rolling Stone: The Illustrated Portraits

From iconic portraits to political cartoons, Rolling Stone magazine has cultivated an unrivaled archive of illustrated work by some of the greatest artists of recent times, from Ralph Steadman to Mark Ryden.


For more than fifty years, Rolling Stone magazine has been the defining voice in musical journalism. Alongside its timeless cover images and groundbreaking criticism, the magazine's illustrations have given popular culture a new iconography.

Drawing on five decades of the magazine's archives and with a focus on more contemporary artists and issues, this stunning book collects more than 200 of the most iconic illustrations to have graced its pages--from portraits of major cultural figures (from Bob Dylan to Barack Obama to Madonna) to depictions of key moments in recent history (from Woodstock to Trump's election). Some of the greatest names in art and design have defined the magazine's illustrated lexicon, from modern heroes like Milton Glaser and Ralph Steadman to subversive contemporary artists such as Christoph Niemann and Mark Ryden.

Organized creatively by thematic connection--juxtaposing a legend of one world alongside another and collecting portfolios on specific subjects--and with anecdotes from some of the artists and subjects alongside the images themselves, the book presents a whimsical illustrated history of contemporary culture filtered through the Rolling Stone lens.

About The Author

Rolling Stone magazine was founded by publisher Jann S. Wenner and music critic Ralph J. Gleason in 1967. It has a widespread international circulation of more than one million readers. In 2005, Jann Wenner was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Rolling Stone is based in New York City. Gus Wenner is president and chief operating officer of Rolling Stone, the leading voice of music and popular culture for fifty years, reaching nearly 60 million people every month.

  • Publish Date: October 27, 2020
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Category: Music - Genres & Styles - Rock
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Trim Size: 9 x 12
  • Pages: 256
  • US Price: $65.00
  • CDN Price: $85.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-8478-6879-7


"Holiday Gift Guide  - Take home a piece of Rolling Stone history with “The Illustrated Portraits,” a new hardcover book that collects more than 200 of the most iconic illustrations that have graced the pages of this magazine. The book includes portraits of everyone from Bob Dylan to Barack Obama, along with scenes from five decades of music festivals, protests and presidential inaugurations." — ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE