THE MAN WHO WANTED EVERYTHING

James Wolcott reviews "Sticky Fingers" in The New York Review of Books: "Joe Hagan’s gossipy, rackety, roller-coaster history of Rolling Stone and its founder, Jann Wenner ... is a tireless account of a velociraptor appetite. Wenner’s was omnivorous—for fame, glory, sex, drugs, food (in a ravenous frenzy, he once ate frozen food straight out of the icebox and was sped to the hospital when it expanded in his stomach, like some David Cronenberg beast), social status, cultural recognition, political clout, and luxury furnishings—and in its chewy path of creative destruction there was a notable absence of what the cultural theorist Irving Babbitt called the “inner check.”

 

 

IN NOVEMBER ISSUE, VANITY FAIR PUBLISHES FIRST EXCERPT OF STICKY FINGERS

From the November issue of Vanity Fair: The first time Jann Wenner put John Lennon and Yoko Ono on the cover of Rolling Stone, in 1968, he was propping up his fledgling publication. The second time, in 1981, he was sealing Lennon’s legend. With the magazine now up for sale, Joe Hagan chronicles the relationship between Wenner and Lennon in an adaptation from his new biography of the Rolling Stone founder.

Jann Wenner, John Lennon, and the Greatest Rolling Stone Cover Ever

The first time Jann Wenner put John Lennon and Yoko Ono on the cover of Rolling Stone, in 1968, he was propping up his fledgling publication. The second time, in 1981, he was sealing Lennon’s legend. With the magazine now up for sale, Joe Hagan chronicles the relationship between Wenner and Lennon in an adaptation from his new biography of the Rolling Stone founder.

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