Here’s the annual Rolling Stone Hot List issue, which with almost perfect timing, gives us Miley Cyrus, naked in a swimming pool. Given that these special issues are planned well in advance, this suggests that the Rolling Stone editors really can see into the future, or else the whole twerking farago has been part of a much bigger, carefully thought out media campaign.
But conspiracy theories aside, this is one cracking cover. The type is old school, but well handled, the red logo pops off the green trees, and the blue of the pool recedes perfectly, allowing the young ‘star’ to project on the newsstand.
How much of this is due to the skill of Creative Director Jodi Peckman is not clear, but what is a matter of fact is that the cover photographer is Theo Wenner, the 26-year-old son of Jann Wenner, owner, publisher and Editor-In-Chief of Rolling Stone.
And it’s by no means his first cover. This story from three years back details the shoots he’s done, an appreciation from Jodi: “Theo gives us a fresh, new perspective”, and the news that he’s also worked for Vanity Fair.
This may well look to the world like nepotism, but if you’re Jann’s son and you really want to be a photographer, you’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t. So fair play to the bloke, this is a fantastic cover picture and he deserves the credit for it.
In other news, earlier this year Jann appointed his youngest son Gus to run rollingstone.com. 22 year old Gus will be taking the report of ‘about 15 to 20 people’.