Sticky Fingers

Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone MagazineSticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine by Joe Hagan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The life that Jann Wenner lives is a caricature of the Baby Boomer generation: hope and idealism in the ‘60s fostered by pot, LSD, and the Beatles. Then cynicism in the ‘70s in the wake of Watergate and Vietnam. The ‘80s brought cocaine and the lure of easy money on Wall Street. Then booze and glamorous vacations in the ‘90s and beyond.

Joe Hagan gives all that in Sticky Fingers, along with fabulous tales of Hunter S. Thompson, Tom Wolfe, Cameron Crowe, Annie Leibovitz, John and Yoko, Mick Jagger, and a cast of A-list celebrities. One thing that’s missing is any sense of an interior life. You get the sense Jann Wenner doesn’t have one. And you might be right.

A bio of Jann’s long-suffering wife Jane might have the gossip and glitz plus some actual emotion. Would be interesting to find out.

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