Can you tell the difference between rock stars and TV stars in the 1970s?

Spoiler alert: None of them had short hair.

Circus magazine once boasted on its cover that it had the "Most Complete Concert, Album, Radio, TV and Film Listings of Any Weekly Magazine." Those of us who were youth of the Seventies knew that Circus was the pop culture rag. It had glossier paper and more posters. Rolling Stone felt like it was for your older brother.

Circus published all the way up until 2006. But the Seventies were the mag's heyday, when Queen ruled and KISS was on everyone's lips.

We gathered some classic covers from that era. Can you tell if the cover stars are rockers or actors?


  1. Is this a rock star or a TV star?
    Image: Circus Magazine
  2. Bonus point: Who is it?
  3. Is this a rock star or a TV star?
    Image: Circus Magazine
  4. Bonus point: Who is it?
  5. Is these guys rock stars or TV stars?
    Image: Circus Magazine
  6. Bonus point: Who is it?
  7. Is this a rock star or a TV star?
  8. Bonus point: Who is it?
  9. Is this a rock star or a TV star?
    Image: Circus Magazine
  10. Bonus point: Who is it?
  11. Is this a rock star or a TV star?
    Image: Circus Magazine
  12. Bonus point: Who is it?
  13. Is this a rock star or a TV star?
    Image: Circus Magazine
  14. Bonus point: Who is it?
  15. Is this a rock star or a TV star?
    Image: Circus Magazine
  16. Bonus point: Who is it?
  17. Is this a rock star or a TV star?
    Image: Circus Magazine
  18. Bonus point: Who is it?
  19. Is this a rock star or a TV star?
    Image: Circus Magazine
  20. Bonus point: Who is it?
  21. Is this a rock star or a TV star?
    Image: Circus Magazine
  22. Bonus point: Who is it?
  23. Is this a rock star or a TV star?
    Image: Circus Magazine
  24. Bonus point: Who is it?

Can you tell the difference between rock stars and TV stars in the 1970s?

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BruceETheobald 27 days ago
24 out of 24...in all fairness, there were clues in the magazine covers if you only looked :)
Nightshade1972 27 days ago
22/24. I was born in '72 and didn't really start paying attention to music/TV seriously until around 1980, so I think that's pretty good. :-)
toniskids 4 months ago
24 out of 24, woot woot! 🤘🍾🥂🎉👏👏👏

And I read CREEM magazine in my early teens. I was way into rock journalism...which is probably how I knew who all the rockers were. As for the TV stars, well, I also watched TV in the '70s. All four or five available channels of it. 😉
EricFuller toniskids 4 days ago
Another rock magazine people have forgot was "Crawdaddy."
denny 10 months ago
23/24 missed 24, never heard of either one. Had to guess on a couple.
Martanrick1975 12 months ago
23/24 I was a teenager in the seventies. I do know the era. I missed #23 I knew he was a rockstar just not his name. 🤔😊
GTStang08 12 months ago
So I got 23 of 24...actually missed #24. However, that's not as bad as the MeTV quizzers incorrect grammar usage for question #5..."Is these guys..."...instead of "are these guys..." LOL Yeah, we all can make a mistake.
PinkiePie 12 months ago
I got a 17/24 I knew most of them but some of the other ones I had no idea.
GeenaWeena 12 months ago
21/24…a little rusty
country46 GeenaWeena 12 months ago
got the same thing
Allison 12 months ago
23/24 got the last one wrong, knew it was a rocker but not his name
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