The ultimate inside account of 50 years of rock’n’roll excess from Jann Wenner, founder of Rolling Stone and one of the best connected men of the twentieth century
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Sticky Fingers is Joe Hagan’s pulsing account of 50 years of rock’n’roll excess from Jann Wenner, founder of Rolling Stone magazine and one of the best-connected men of the twentieth century. Featuring exclusive interviews with Mick Jagger, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono, Tom Wolfe, Bette Midler and many more, Hagan’s book captures the spirit of the age and paints an unforgettable portrait of one of the most significant cultural forces of our time.
“A sprawling rollercoaster of a book – insightful, revelatory, sometimes lurid, and never less than utterly compelling”
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“Offers a fascinating insight into the relationship between Wenner, his writers and some of the most storied musicians and celebrities of the late 20th century”
“One of the music books of the year”
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“A surprisingly honest portrait of a controversial rock publisher … The pages sizzle with the sex and drug-fuelled tales of Hunter Thompson, Annie Leibovitz and Joe Eszterhas. Yet, the through-line remains the complex relationship between Jann and Jane Wenner … a profile with real bite”
“Overflowing with sex, drugs and John Lennon’s wrath … the wildest story he never printed - his own”
Joe Hagan has written for New York, Rolling Stone, 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 (her first post-secretary of state interview), Karl Rove, the Bush family, Henry Kissinger, Dan Rather, Goldman Sachs, The New York Times, and Twitter. He lives with his family in Tivoli, New York.
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