Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine by Joe Hagan

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Lennon. Dylan. Jagger. Belushi. Leibovitz. The story of Jann Wenner, Rolling Stone's founder, editor, and publisher, is an insider's trip through the backstages of storied concert venues, rock-star hotel rooms, and the political ups and downs of the latter half of the Twentieth Century, right up through the digital age: connecting the counterculture of Haight Ashbury to the "straight world."

Supplemented by a cache of extraordinary documents and letters from Wenner's personal archives, Sticky Fingers is the story of a mercurial, wide-eyed rock and roll fan of ambiguous sexuality but unambiguous ambition who reinvents youth culture, marketing the libertine world of the late sixties counterculture in a stylish, glossy package that would stand for decades as a testament to the cultural power of American youth. Joe Hagan captures in stunning detail the extraordinary lives constellated around a magazine that began as a scrappy rebellion and became a locus of power, influence, and access--using hundreds of hours of reporting and exclusive interviews.

The result is a fascinating and complex portrait of Jann Wenner that is also a biography of popular culture, celebrity, music, and politics in America over the last fifty years.

Title : Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine
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ISBN : 034581505X
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 560 pages


Michelle rated it ★★★★★

November 06, 2017

Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine is an outstanding biographical work of literary achievement. Author Joe Hagan received an invitation to Wenner’s home in 2013, originally he wanted Hagan to write for Rolling Stone, and later suggested Hagan pen his (aut...

Still rated it ★★★★★

December 09, 2017

A masterpiece. Absolutely the best book I've read all year. If you ever had a heart and you grew up with Rolling Stone Magazine then you'll almost bleed out in the final 7-8 pages. Joe Hagan, the author has done an awesome job chronicling the misadventures of the conflicted genius Jann Wenner and W...

William rated it ★★★★☆

November 07, 2017

I admire Hagan's writing and think that he did a stand-up job but I was so sick of Wenner by the end that I was thankful that the book was over.

Harry rated it ★★★★★

October 23, 2017

A five star book...about a less than one star opportunist, Rolling Stone Magazine owner Jann Wenner. Having my self spent 50 years in the music industry, fortunately with some success, I observed the birth of Rolling Stone and followed it- both the US and ill fated UK edition, until the current d...

Jason rated it ★★★★★

October 27, 2017

I love a good media/publishing bio, and Joe Hagan's is one of the best I've ever read. Sure, the excess and greed on display make the subject into some coked up Machiavellian character, but it's also the people around him (some literally out of a Joan Didion novel), and the way Hagan uses his sub...

Sarah rated it ★★★★☆

November 16, 2017

I went to see author Joe Hagan speak at WORD bookstore in Greenpoint, Brooklyn the night I purchased this biography. Before I say anything else, I admire Hagan as a reporter and a biographer. I think that writing the biography of someone like Wenner who gave himself the post as gatekeeper to rock...

Brandon rated it ★★★★☆

December 07, 2017

Absolutely brilliant. Joe Hagan has crafted something truly special here that manages to be equal parts even-handed biography, sobering social critique, and gossipy tell-all. Wenner has truly been in the middle of U.S. popular culture for so long that it would be easy to make this book a look at...

Roger rated it ★★★★☆

November 11, 2017

I know why Jann Wenner apparently did not like this book. He is referred to as "plump" about 47 times. Also, he comes off as a jackass. To be fair, he really seems to be one.

Hank rated it ★★★★☆

December 04, 2017

Exhaustive (in almost every sense), but luckily it comes with a meticulously detailed index, which enables some necessary skimming once a reader hits whatever part he or she doesn't find that interesting. Because it can't ALL be interesting, even when the subject is Rolling Stone and its impact o...

Steve rated it ★★★★☆

January 17, 2018

At some point, very late in the writing process (I believe the book was virtually done), Jann Wenner withdrew his support for Joe Hagan's biography. But by then the damage was done. Wenner had granted Hagan access to his meticulously kept archives (letters, pictures, clippings, etc.), as well as...

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