From the Publisher: Sep 4 1989

You mean, the Rolling Stones have never been on the cover of TIME? Well, they almost were, back in 1972, when their seventh U.S. tour was taking America by storm. Photographer Ken Regan posed the "satanic majesties" of rock backstage in San Francisco and Los Angeles, but the cover did not appear: it was bumped by one on George McGovern taking over the Democratic Party. "I've been waiting 17 years for this cover," chuckled Regan last week, as he arranged the Stones for their portrait, older but still flaunting their stuff.

Yet the bad boys of rock have definitely mellowed. "Through...

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