Sex, Drugs And Rock Solid Roll Fuel Blossom On Rolling Stone’s Jann Wenner
Jann Wenner hates the new biography about him, well, it’s easy to see why.
Joe Hagan’s volatile, exhaustively reported Sticky Fingers (Knopf, 511 pp., ★★★½ from four) is an admiring, often affectionate but finally unflattering portrait of this brash Rolling Stone co-founder with the chutzpah to appropriate the Bob Dylan song along with the Rolling Stones’ name, then bypass them equally for the stone ‘n’ roster magazine’s original pay in 1967.
The publication’s dishy back story is media legend: Wenner, 71 a former Rolling Stone contributor, to write his own life story. Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Bruce Springsteen, Bono and more sat down to interviews in rsquo Wenner &; s behest — and with his encouragement.
From all evidence, Hagan got an earful: Both are no longer on speaking terms, and the completed product has been dismissed by Wenner as ldquo something &;profoundly flawed and tawdry. ” It’s a surprising parting of ways that’s performed again and again throughout rsquo & Wenner;s 50-year career.