This fall will bring a new bio on Rolling Stone founder and publisher. It will cover his start with the magazine early days on the west coast all the way through the decades of sex, drugs and rock n roll. I am sure it will be an interesting read. Here is a press clip.
Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner’s 50 years of sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll will be told for the first time this fall.
The on-again, off-again bio of the legendary editor by writer Joe Hagan is set to be published on Oct. 24, Knopf, an imprint of Penguin Random House, said Monday.
Two previous deals for a Wenner bio — one with longtime friend and poet Lewis MacAdams and another with author Rich Cohen, who had secured a $1 million advance on the project — fell apart after the mercurial magazine editor stopped cooperating.
This time, Knopf is confident the project will be a success. It has slated a first printing of 200,000 copies of the book, to be titled “Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine.”
Hagan, who got a reported $2 million advance on the deal, was given full access to the magazine’s archives and the cooperation of Wenner — although the publisher is quick to point out it is not an “as-told-to memoir,” but a fully researched bio.
After working on the book for four years, Hagen obtained on-the-record interviews with Mick Jagger, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Bono, Elton John, Billy Joel, Dan Aykroyd and many others who had an impact on the magazine, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
“Many dramas at the heart of rock history, including feuds over money (Wenner with John Lennon), confrontations over coverage (Wenner with Bob Dylan), secret deals and pacts (Wenner with Jagger), epic infidelities and sex triangles — including love affairs that nearly destroyed Rolling Stone — plus stormy relationships that led to stunning betrayals and near fatal drug overdoses are told in these pages for the first time,” said the publisher.
Wenner famously left his wife Jane to take up with former Calvin Klein model Matt Nye in the mid-1990s.
The two are now married.
“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.”