Rudd does a Keating with Rolling Stone
“We take all kinda pills to give us all kinda thrills, but the thrill we’ve never known, is the thrill that’ll getcha, when you getcha picture, on the cover of the Rolling Stone” – Dr Hook, Cover of the Rolling Stone
If there were such a thing as a periodic table of cool and uncool things in the universe Rolling Stone magazine and Kevin Rudd would no doubt be at opposing ends.
But now The Punch can reveal that Kevin Rudd will throw that order of things into chaos by becoming the feature story in the upcoming issue of Rolling Stone.
The rock bible has interviewed and photographed Prime Minister Rudd as part of a major piece, and possible cover story, for the magazine’s December issue.
While Rolling Stone Australia and Mr Rudd’s office are not commenting on details of the interview, sources close to the magazine have told The Punch that the interview at Kirribilli House has left “no stone uncovered”.
The magazine also did an extensive photo shoot with the Prime Minister, one of which is likely to feature on the cover of the magazine.
However some sources expressed concern about putting Mr Rudd on the cover of the magazine, pointing out “he ain’t no Obama”, in reference to the US President’s appearance on the front of the US version of the famous publication.
Prime Minister Rudd’s appearance in the magazine will be the second of an Australian Prime Minister following Paul Keating’s appearance in March 1993 issue.
The release of the December edition will be excellent publicity for Mr Rudd, with the magazine’s release coinciding with his departure to the Copenhagen climate conference.
It is understood that the interview went for almost an hour and was conducted by one of the magazine’s young associate editors Dan Stapleton.
The fact that Prime Minister Rudd has chosen to give an almost hour long interview to a music magazine is likely to raise eyebrows in media circles, given that he very rarely gives interviews of any length to political journalists on major newspapers.
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