new bio on Jann Wenner, Rolling Stone magazine founder
Jann Wenner hates the new biography about him.
In 2013, the editor and publisher handpicked former Rolling Stone contributor Joe Hagan to write his memoir. He had full access to his archive and circle of friends including Paul McCartney, Bono, Mick Jagger, Bruce Springsteen and other big names.Wenner, says Hagan, told everybody, Don’t hold back.
Four years later the two are no longer on speaking terms, and Wenner has dismissed the book as “deeply flawed and tawdry.” Ouch.
Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine is a 500-page account of the editor and his trailblazing magazine that’s been covering rock n’ roll, pop culture and politics since 1967.
Hagan called the 71-year-old publisher’s reaction “somewhat predictable”.
“He doesn’t really think about the finer points of his history in the way that I discovered it through my research,” the author said. “I knew this book was going to be hard for him. Because if you tell the true story, it’s hard.”
Read the Q&A with author Joe Hagan here.