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It used to be that making the cover of the Rolling Stone was, arguably, rock music's highest honor--a sign that you or your band, after years of toiling in relative obscurity playing tiny booze-soaked clubs, had finally arrived. ("We take all kinds of pills that give us all kinds of thrills," Dr. Hook sang in a 1972 song called "The Cover of Rolling Stone." "But the thrill we never know is the thrill that'll getcha when you get your picture on the cover of the Rolling Stone.")
Now, it could be simply because your band from Saskatoon picked up the most votes in an online contest sponsored by Garnier Fructis. That was the case this week, as Rolling Stone announced the winner of its "Do You Wanna Be A Rock & Roll Star?" competition, in which fans selected the Sheepdogs to grace the cover of the iconic magazine's 1137th issue. Its publication Friday makes the Sheepdogs the first-ever band or artist not signed to a major label to appear on Rolling Stone's cover.
More than 1.5 million votes were cast online, Rolling Stone said, with the "Canadian boogie rock revivalists" beating out 15 other bands--"American Idol"-style--for the honor.Read More »from Rolling Stone hands cover to the Sheepdogs—winners of a Garnier Fructis contest—instead of Amy Winehouse