Rolling Stone: The Entire Archive, for a Song

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Long before blogs and Twittering artists, long-form music articles were written on paper and read by fans.

Sounds interesting, but will your grandson believe you?

Now, Rolling Stone is planning to offer its entire print archive, for a fee.  That would be 43 years down memory lane, all digitized and ready for consumption.  According to Andrew Vanacore of the Associated Press, the archives become available Monday.  The front door will remain open access, though deeper viewing will require a $3.95 monthly charge.  Annual access will cost $29.99, and online subscribers will automatically receive print delivery.

Rolling Stone could generate some cash from this, though the print-to-digital transition is still en route.  Rolling Stone still enjoys a paper circulation of 1.5 million, up from 1.3 million in 2000, according to the stats.

Report by Alexandra Osorio.