Like a Rolling Stone: A Memoir

Like a Rolling Stone: A Memoir

by Jann S. Wenner
Like a Rolling Stone: A Memoir

Like a Rolling Stone: A Memoir

by Jann S. Wenner


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Get ready for a once-in-a-generation memoir from the beating heart of rock and roll. From the triumphs of the Beatles and the Stones to the brilliance of the Boss, he was there. Jann Wenner captured an entire generation of superstars, from Mick and Keith to John and Paul, from Bono and Elton to Bruce. Here, Wenner reflects on his life and some of the most intimate, moving, and unforgettable stories from the history of rock.

In this New York Times bestseller, Rolling Stone founder, co-editor, and publisher Jann Wenner offers a "touchingly honest" and "wonderfully deep" memoir from the beating heart of classic rock and roll (Bruce Springsteen).

Jann Wenner has been called by his peers “the greatest editor of his generation.”

His deeply personal memoir vividly describes and brings you inside the music, the politics, and the lifestyle of a generation, an epoch of cultural change that swept America and beyond. The age of rock and roll in an era of consequence, what will be considered one of the great watersheds in modern history. Wenner writes with the clarity of a journalist and an essayist. He takes us into the life and work of Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Mick Jagger, Bono, and Bruce Springsteen, to name a few. He was instrumental in the careers of Hunter S. Thompson, Tom Wolfe, and Annie Leibovitz. His journey took him to the Oval Office with his legendary interviews with Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, leaders to whom Rolling Stone gave its historic, full-throated backing. From Jerry Garcia to the Dalai Lama, Aretha Franklin to Greta Thunberg, the people Wenner chose to be seen and heard in the pages of Rolling Stone tried to change American culture, values, and morality.

Like a Rolling Stone is a beautifully written portrait of one man’s life, and the life of his generation.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316415194
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 09/13/2022
Pages: 592
Sales rank: 104,277
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.80(d)

About the Author

Jann S. Wenner was born in New York City and raised in San Francisco and Marin County. He founded Rolling Stone in 1967. Over the ensuing decades, Rolling Stone won many awards for its design, photography, public service, and journalism, and was instrumental in launching the careers of many groundbreaking journalists and photographers. He also founded and published Outside, US Weekly, Family Life, and Men’s Journal. A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the youngest inductee in the American Society of Magazine Editor’s Hall of Fame, Wenner lives in New York and Idaho. He is married and has six children.

Table of Contents

Prologue: The Last Days xi

Part 1 Beginnings

1 Rainbow Road 3

2 The School on the Hill 12

3 Berkeley 22

4 Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out 31

5 London Calling 41

6 Jane 47

Part 2 Rolling Stone

7 The First Issue 57

8 A Family Affair 65

9 Mick Jagger, Pete Townshend, and the Naked Beatle 72

10 A Brief Visit to Planet New York 81

11 Trans-Oceanic Comics Company 85

12 Me and Boz, Sittin' on Otis' Porch 92

13 Talking Bob Dylan 95

14 Altamont and the End of the Innocence 100

15 Helter Skelter 106

16 John Lennon and Hunter Thompson Drop By 115

17 Lennon Remembers 125

18 Putting Together the Home Team 130

19 The House on California Street 138

20 A Day in the Lire 144

21 Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas 150

22 The Beast Stirs in Big Sur 155

23 Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail 158

24 Truman and Andy, Paul Bowles and Uncle Earl 168

25 A Wonder of American Journalism 178

26 From Elko to Egypt 182

27 Farewell to Ralph J. Gleason 190

28 Becoming Bicoastal 194

29 The Scoop of the Seventies 204

Part 3 The Empire

30 The Big Apple 211

31 John Belushi, Incoming 220

32 Our Tenth Anniversary 225

33 Christmases with Jackie 235

34 The Dry Heaves 244

35 Asleep at the Wheel 250

36 The Dream Is Over 255

37 Fuck the NRA 259

38 God Has His Hands Full 265

39 Diamond Rash, Limousine Elbow 271

40 The Hall of Fame 278

41 The Bonfire of the Vanities 286

42 The Gift of God 293

43 Yoko and the Gorbachevs 301

44 My Father's Death 306

45 Altitude Adjustments 311

46 The King and Queen of Pop 316

47 Blue Highways 323

48 Bill Clinton and the Three Stooges 329

49 A Visit to the White House 338

50 The Death of Jackie Onassis 345

51 Matt 350

Part 4 Settling Down

52 Passages 361

53 A Visit from Jane 369

54 The Best Magazine in America 375

55 Only the Good Die Young 379

56 All Out for Al 383

57 My City of Ruins 392

58 My Private Idaho 398

59 Watching the River Flow 405

60 Kerry Loses 411

61 Hunter Thompson, R.I.P. 420

62 Hunter Redux with Johnny Depp 427

63 Magazine Wars 430

64 They Say It's Yer Birthday 438

65 The Wheel of Life 445

66 Is It Rolling, Bob? 451

67 Burning Man 463

68 'Higher and Higher' 472

69 The Runaway General 476

70 The Wrecking Ball 484

71 The Road to Rio 490

72 The Million-Pound Shit Hammer 498

73 Bad Moon Rising 505

74 The Gathering Storm 512

Part 5 Goodbye to All That

75 Selling Rolling Stone 525

76 The Road to Recovery 538

77 My Last Letter from the Editor 546

Acknowledgments 555

Permissions and Credits 557

Index 561

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