Sticky Fingers by Joe Hagan

Sticky Fingers

The first and only biography of Jann Wenner, the iconic founder of Rolling Stone magazine, and a romp through the hothouses of rock and roll, politics, media, and Hollywood, from the Summer of Love to the Internet age.Lennon. Dylan. Jagger. Belushi. Leibovitz. The story of Jann Wenner, Rolling Stone's founder, editor, and publisher, is an insider's trip through the backstages of storied concert venues, rock-star hotel rooms, and the political ups...

Details Sticky Fingers

TitleSticky Fingers
Release DateOct 24th, 2017
PublisherKnopf Canada
GenreMusic, Biography, Nonfiction, Culture, Pop Culture

Reviews Sticky Fingers

  • Michelle
    Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine is an outstanding biographical work of literary achievement. Author Joe Hagan received an invitation to Wenner’s home in 2013, originally he wanted Hagan to write for Rolling Stone, and later suggested Hagan pen his (authorized) biography. Hagan interviewed over 250 people: famous celebrities, musicians, industry insiders, including Jann’s former wife, Jane. Jann had...
  • Harry Buckle
    A five star book...about a less than one star opportunist, Rolling Stone Magazine owner Jann Wenner. Having my self spent 50 years in the music industry, fortunately with some success, I observed the birth of Rolling Stone and followed it- both the US and ill fated UK edition, until the current day. I share the view of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, John Lennon and others that Wenner was an odious hanger on, and remarkably free of charm or talent. ...
  • Jason Diamond
    I love a good media/publishing bio, and Joe Hagan's is one of the best I've ever read. Sure, the excess and greed on display make the subject into some coked up Machiavellian character, but it's also the people around him (some literally out of a Joan Didion novel), and the way Hagan uses his subject as a mirror to hold up to an entire generation, that makes this such a compelling book.
  • Michael Ritchie
    (4-1/2 stars) What a fun read! It manages to be gossipy while retaining a serious tone, covers tons of information clearly (the author had access to Wenner and his archives though Wenner did not have veto power over most of Hagan's writing), and brings to life the excitement of the early days of Rolling Stone, a magazine that was a big part of my coming-of-age experiences back in the early 70s. There is some repetition of details here and there, ...
  • False
    What a loathsome individual. I've always felt that, and time has proven even more so. Why I read this is a mystery. At best, it reinforced every belief I had already heard about or formed about this individual: a man given to hedonism, lies, rampant narcissism coupled with sociopathy, betrayal of friends, confused children and an ex-wife only too happy to live off the continued fatted calf. He consistently lives beyond his means, has no checks or...
  • Mary
    A great read!I love rock n roll, and I loved this book. I've never actually read an issue of Rolling Stone, and I'm a bit vague about some of the songwriters and singers mentioned. But it didn't matter. The book moves through Jann Wenner's life, entertaining as it goes.
  • R.j. Ward
    Jann Wenner was right, the book is tawdry, and I would have been interested in hearing more about how the magazine evolved through the 80s, 90s and beyond rather than the umpteenth cocaine story. Still, it's a solid read, and never boring.
  • Milo Geyelin
    Really well done. Captures Jann Wenner and the spirit of the times as he evolved with it it through the decades. A lively, detailed and even-handed portrait. Wenner hates this book, but he should be pleased.
  • Sheelah Kolhatkar
  • Roger
    I know why Jann Wenner apparently did not like this book. He is referred to as "plump" about 47 times. Also, he comes off as a jackass. To be fair, he really seems to be one.
  • William Sedlack
    I admire Hagan's writing and think that he did a stand-up job but I was so sick of Wenner by the end that I was thankful that the book was over.