Looking back, Walter Cronkite wishes that he had gone to Woodstock, saying, "I really missed a story there." If the war in Vietnam was happening now, Jane Fonda would not go to Hanoi. Bob Dylan went into a record store and did not know what to buy, lamenting that "there's so many records out there"--and not necessarily good ones. Speaking with surprising admiration, Ted Kennedy says that Ronald Reagan has restored the institution of the Presidency in a very important way.
These are not necessarily the things that one expects to read in a counterculture magazine, but then, after 20 years, Rolling Stone no longer is counterculture. The snippets are from 35 interviews that Rolling Stone conducted with people who figured prominently on the pages of the journal of modern music and politics since the first issue came out in 1967. In those interviews the figures reflect on the turbulent events and movements of the 1960s and 1970s, and their effects on life today.
The political and cultural figures primarily are liberals, since those have been the magazine's audience. Many of them acknowledge a retrenchment of their idealism after discovering with age and experience that the world cannot be remade overnight. Many express concern that modern youths share no unifying causes and are not particularly aware of the world around them. Some sample comments: