The February 2018 edition of Rolling Stone Australia contained its signature 90-page mix of music and culture, as well as a glossy preview of the year ahead. Twenty days later, the 46-year-old magazine was dead. Rolling Stone Australia’s publisher, Paper Riot, went into administration. The company’s lawyers emailed contributors with the bleak details: no one would be paid. There was a brief, almost tokenistic mourning period.
Now, almost exactly a year later, plans for the rock'n'roll bible’s return have been revealed as part of a global push by Rolling Stone International. So far, they have been met with negligible optimism and media coverage.