How to Order Back Issues of "Rolling Stone" Magazine

Updated June 17, 2017

Locating Issues

Go to "Rolling Stone" magazine's website, http://www.rollingstone.com/. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the link for "Back Issues," which is listed under the heading of "Subscribe."

Search for a particular recent back issue by year by clicking the links under the search box. You can also search for a specific issue by its date of publication, the issue number or the cover subject. Use the search box to enter one of these criteria.

Review the cover of the magazine to ensure it is the issue you're looking for. Select "Click to Order" and then add the issue to your shopping cart. Review these steps for each back issue you'd like to purchase.

Purchasing Issues

Click on the "Shopping Cart" in the upper right hand corner of the web page after you have made all of your choices. Select "Checkout" to begin the payment process. Enter your billing address as required. If the item is being shipped to a different address, select the link "Enter as a Gift" and enter the shipping address.

Click "Next" and enter your credit card information on the next page. Review your order and then click the "Order Now" button if everything looks complete.

Some back issues may be sold out on "Rolling Stone's" website but could be available through third party sources. Check auction sites such as eBay for specific back issues as well as websites such as backissues.com. This website in particular has many older issues, even from past decades.

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  • If you have not received your back issues or you only receive a partial order, review the "Frequently Asked Questions" first for answers to questions. If you still have concerns, contact "Rolling Stone" fulfillment using the email address from your confirmation email.
  • If you order from a third party site such as backissues.com and have several issues to purchase, order them all at once to save on shipping costs.


  • Some back issues can be expensive, depending on demand for that particular issue.
  • Be sure to review all shipping costs. On Rolling Stone's website, shipping costs are usually included in the price of the back issue.

About the Author

Heather Seiden is a freelance writer and information technology professional residing in Northern California. She has been doing freelance work for over 15 years and her work has appeared in numerous publications including the "Baltimore Sun," "Writer's Digest" and several other publications. Seiden holds a bachelor's degree in political science and mass communications.