The ultra-sexy, somewhat disturbing cover of Rolling Stone featuring the nude, bloody stars of “True Blood” hits newsstands today, and like any ultra-sexy magazine cover, it’s sending shockwaves and grabbing headlines. The image on the cover features very little copy along with “True Blood” stars Anna Paquin, Alexander Skarsgard and Stephen Moyer covered in little more than grimaces and fake blood.
It’s not the first time somebody has shown up on the cover of Rolling Stone in a birthday suit. In fact, Stone has matched Vanity Fair blow-for-blow as the go-to magazine when stars want to get their gear off. Their cup of bare flesh runneth over, but here are the five greatest moments in Rolling Stone‘s long, nude history.
Though she recently appeared on the cover of the magazine mostly naked (save for a complicated machine gun bra), Gaga’s first cameo on the cover of Rolling Stone featured the singer clad in little more than some well-placed bubbles.
John Lennon and Yoko Ono
Though the magazine has gone to the naked well fairly often in recent years, their roots run deep. Way back in 1968, the cover featured John Lennon and Yoko Ono baring their buttocks to the camera. It wasn’t the first time Lennon got his gear off for Jann Wenner’s rock mag, either — there was also this cover.
This one is sort of a cheat, as Janet is obviously wearing jeans in this classic cover. But the image of her breasts being covered by a pair of anonymous hands became instantly iconic.
Red Hot Chili Peppers
While the men of RHCP have never been strangers to taking off their clothes, but they took it all off for a cover that featured little more than their smiles and their strategically-placed hands covering their junk. It should also be noted that there are only three of them on the cover because they were in between guitarists (as they typically are).
What do you get when you cross an edgy pop star with a pair of boots, a guitar and nothing else at all? Greatness.
Honorable Mention: Blind Melon
Yes, this actually happened.