Rolling Stone AU/NZ magazine lists most iconic music moments in special collector’s edition

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The cover, illustrated by Bianca Bosso, features singers Olivia Newton-John, Tina Arena and Hinewehi Mohi

The Brag Media has revealed the cover of the December-February issue of the Rolling Stone AU/NZ magazine.

The special collector’s edition features the Most Iconic Music Moments of all Time from Australia and New Zealand’s history books.

This latest issue arrives on newsstands next Monday, December 5, 2022, and includes 50 iconic Australian moments and 20 iconic Aotearoa moments, compiled with the help of a Rolling Stone-curated panel of industry, musicians, journalists, label-heads, executives, and more.

Think about the rise and rise of homegrown stars like Kylie Minogue and Lorde, the cultural impact of upstart record labels like Modular and Flying Nun, and the infiltration of music television into popular culture and public consciousness. 

Other people appearing include Australia’s Michael Gudinski and New Zealand’s Pixie Williams.

The cover, illustrated by Bianca Bosso, features singers Olivia Newton-John, Tina Arena and Hinewehi Mohi, alongside All Blacks legend Jonah Lomu, and bands Youthu Yindi and AC/DC.

Bosso said, “It’s an honour to retrace many of the musical moments that have made me excited, inspired and shocked as I’ve grown up.

“Illustrating the cover for Rolling Stone AU/NZ has been a nostalgic and heartwarming experience. I went from reading about many of these moments in Rolling Stone to celebrating them through my illustrated cover. I hope it makes readers proud of the artists that define our abundant music scene.”

Rolling Stone AU/NZ editor-in-chief, Poppy Reid, said: “The gravity of being the conduit for a Rolling Stone List is not lost on us. Hallowed and often referenced, they are nevertheless hotly debated and contested — as they should be.

‘They’re a huge time investment, not just for our core team, but for industry figureheads, artists and critics alike. We challenged our panel to put forward the Australian and New Zealand music moments they felt truly tilted the Earth on its axis; iconic moments that changed the course of history for good.

“We received hundreds of submissions; we discussed, debated and pondered. Through thousands of messages, phone calls, interviews and meetings, we finally have our two ranked lists, one for Australia and one for Aotearoa. We hope our readers enjoy this time capsule,” Reid said.

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