Sticky Fingers

Sticky Fingers

The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine /Joe Hagan

Book - 2017
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A delicious romp through the heyday of rock and roll and a revealing portrait of the man at the helm of the iconic magazine that made it all possible, with candid look backs at the era from Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Elton John, Bono, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, and others.

The story of Jann Wenner, Rolling Stone 's founder, editor, and publisher, and the pioneering era he helped curate, is told here for the first time in glittering, glorious detail. Joe Hagan provides readers with a backstage pass to storied concert venues and rock-star hotel rooms; he tells never before heard stories about the lives of rock stars and their handlers; he details the daring journalism (Tom Wolfe, Hunter S. Thompson, P.J. O'Rourke) and internecine office politics that accompanied the start-up; he animates the drug and sexual appetites of the era; and he reports on the politics of the last fifty years that were often chronicled in the pages of Rolling Stone magazine.

Supplemented by a cache of extraordinary documents and letters from Wenner's personal archives, Sticky Fingers depicts an ambitious, mercurial, wide-eyed rock and roll fan of who exalts in youth and beauty and learns how to package it, marketing late sixties counterculture as a testament to the power of American youth. The result is a fascinating and complex portrait of man and era, and an irresistible biography of popular culture, celebrity, music, and politics in America.
Publisher: Toronto : Alfred A. Knopf, 2017
ISBN: 9780345815057
Branch Call Number: 921 WEN
Characteristics: 547 p., [32] p. of plates :,ill., ports. ;,25 cm

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Feb 19, 2018

It's only rock and roll, but he liked it. From a young age, Jann Wenner knew exactly what he wanted: to be seen with the right people and surround himself with the ostentatious trappings of wealth. Mostly, he wanted to become a mogul along the lines of William Randolph Hearst. Insatiably driven to succeed, Wenner plotted and schmoozed his way from chubby enthusiastic fanboy to suave society icon, eventually running the most influential rock and pop culture magazine of its day, "Rolling Stone." This is the fascinating story of how he did just that: cultivating and alienating upcoming talents along the likes of Hunter S. Thompson, Annie Leibovitz, and Cameron Crowe, simultaneously sucking up to and tearing down every rock and roll giant from the 60s onward, sleeping with whomever caught his fancy or whom he felt could achieve his ends, building ever bigger mansions and creating his own grand personal empire in reality and in his head. Wenner's personal story is an intriguing one, serving also as a condensed pop culture history lesson contained within the pages of his magazine. The idealism and rebellion of 60s youth culture turning to early 70s revolution and disillusionment, only to be dismantled in the dizzying drug world of the disco years and unapologetic 80s materialism. Wenner was there for it all, manipulating everything to suit his own personal desires, continuing to build his empire as he hobnobbed with the likes of Jagger and Springsteen, blindly refusing to accept the changes coming to music with the ascent of MTV and other cultural changes. A complex man, an utterly engrossing story.

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