Joe Hagan with Ben Fong-Torres / Sticky Fingers

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Over the course of five decades, Jann Wenner has put an indelible stamp on American culture. As founding editor of Rolling Stone, Wenner and his trailblazing magazine came to embody the freewheeling excesses of the sixties, shaping and reporting on a countercultural narrative that still exists today. As a subject, however, Wenner has proved elusive, successfully avoiding the inquiries of biographers and resisting biography… until now.

In Joe Hagan’s long-awaited bombshell – STICKY FINGERS: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine -
Wenner opens up his personal and professional life to the scrutiny of a biographer journalist for the first time. STICKY FINGERS is based on Hagan’s extensive interviews with Wenner and on original source reporting, and it draws from Wenner’s vast archive of correspondence and rare documents, items that have never been made available to a journalist.

Wenner’s marksmanship as an editor, his capacious understanding of the zeitgeist, his outsized ambition and ego, and his capacity for betrayal, are all on display in STICKY FINGERS. “Wenner has manufactured an unforgettable cultural mythology out of the stories and images he has brought to newsstands every other week for five decades,” said Hagan, “but there has been a cost to his success, including lost friendships.”

STICKY FINGERS gives readers a nuanced portrait of a man who helped define a generation, and provides an explosive chronicle of an era.

Joining Hagan in conversation is longtime Rolling Stone contributor and editor Ben Fong-Torres.


Joe Hagan has written for Rolling Stone and also for New York, The Wall Street Journal, and many other publications. He has published long-form profiles and investigative exposés of some of the most significant figures and subjects of our time, including Hillary Clinton in her first post-Secretary of State interview, Karl Rove, the Bush family, Henry Kissinger, Dan Rather, Goldman Sachs, The New York Times, and Twitter.

Ben Fong-Torres is The San Francisco Chronicle’s radio columnist and is best known for his work with Rolling Stone, where he was an editor and writer. He has published eight books, including a best-selling memoir ("The Rice Room"), a collection of past articles, "Becoming Almost Famous" (he was portrayed in the Cameron Crowe film "Almost Famous"), and a book about Little Feat ("Willin'"). He is also a broadcaster, ranging from DJ work on KSAN, the pioneer free-form station in San Francisco, to television profiles of Paul McCartney, Steve Martin, Grace Slick, B.B. King and others for "Evening Magazine." He has won three Emmy Awards as co-host of KTVU’s telecasts of the San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade.

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