The Story Of Rolling Stone Magazine, As Told By Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, And More

Go inside the controversial new biography of Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner on the Culture Creature podcast

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Paul McCartney, Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner, and Mick Jagger

Today’s special episode of the Culture Creature podcast features stories told by Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen and Cameron Crowe. These interviews were conducted by author Joe Hagan for his new book Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine, which is available now. You’ll also hear our interview with Hagan about his book. Listen to the podcast via the player above or in your podcast provider of choice.

Jann Wenner granted author Joe Hagan hours of interviews as well as complete access to his personal and professional archives. The result is an unflinching account of Rolling Stone history that doubles as an analysis of fifty years of American culture. The book is not without its own controversy: Wenner was not happy after reading Hagan’s final product, calling it “deeply flawed and tawdry.” In Joe Hagan’s interview with Culture Creature, the author tells his side of the story. You’ll also hear Paul McCartney discuss John Lennon’s incendiary 1971 Rolling Stone interview, Elton John on David Bowie, and much more.

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Photos from Sticky Fingers:

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Jann Wenner and John Belushi, 1977. Photo by Jean Pigozzi

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Gonzo pioneer and Rolling Stone author Hunter S. Thompson, 1970. Photo by David Hiser

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Jann and Jane Wenner. Photo by Robert Altman

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Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner in 1977. Photo by Jean Pigozzi

Main photo credits: Paul McCartney (Shutterstock), Jann Wenner (Jean Pigozzi), Mick Jagger (Georges Biard)

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