Date & Time: February 3 at 7 PM
Location: PRINT: A Bookstore, Portland
Journalist Joe Hagan’s rollicking new biography Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine got off to an auspicious start when the book’s notoriously pugnacious subject began to repudiate the book before its release in November.
But by December, Sticky Fingers had landed on the Top Books of 2017 lists of two out of four of the New York Times’s top book critics.
Before Hagan penned such important snapshots of American culture—or wrote for New York, Rolling Stone, and The Wall Street Journal—he was a graduate of the University of Maine!
The MWPA is pleased to welcome Hagan back to the state for a special presentation of Sticky Fingers and live conversation with Aimsel Ponti, the Portland Press Herald’s guru of all things musical, on February 3 at PRINT: A Bookstore.
FROM THE PUBLISHER
Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine is the story of how one man’s ego and ambition captured the 1960s youth culture of rock and roll and turned it into a hothouse of fame, power, politics, and riches that would last for fifty years. Drawn from dozens of hours of interviews with Wenner, who granted Joe Hagan exclusive access to his vast personal archive of correspondence, rare documents, recordings, and never-before-seen images, and featuring conversations with many of the greatest superstars of our time, this biography tells how Wenner partnered with rock luminaries like John Lennon, Mick Jagger, and Bob Dylan to manufacture an unforgettable cultural mythology in words and images every other week for five decades.
Featuring on-the-record interviews with Mick Jagger, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Elton John, Keith Richards, Pete Townshend, Yoko Ono, Billy Joel, Tom Wolfe, Cameron Crowe, Lorne Michaels, David Geffen, Dan Aykroyd, Bette Midler, and dozens of others, Hagan depicts Wenner with intimacy, nuance, and complexity—his marksmanship as an editor, his canny understanding of the zeitgeist, his endless pursuit of fame and power, and his capacity for betrayal that would earn him as many enemies as friends.
“A SUPPLE, CONFIDENT, DISPASSIONATELY REPORTED AND DEEPLY WELL-WRITTEN BIOGRAPHY… IT’S A JOY TO READ AND FEELS BUILT TO LAST.” —Dwight Garner, The New York Times
“THE ESSENTIAL AMERICAN BIOGRAPHY FOR OUR TIMES.” —The Daily Beast
“A SPRAWLING, ROLLERCOASTER OF A BOOK—INSIGHTFUL, REVELATORY, SOMETIMES LURID, AND NEVER LESS THAN UTTERLY COMPELLING.” —The Telegraph
“You need not have the slightest interest in Wenner, his magazine or even the music it celebrated to find this a terrifically astute work of pop-cultural history. Hagan chronicles the 50-year arc of longhairs turned climbers turned power brokers, and he does it with insight and flair. A great read, mixing wall-to-wall dish with long-view acuity. This is the book I gave to friends most often this year.” —Janet Maslin, The New York Times
The MWPA is proud to co-host Hagan’s Maine reading with PRINT.
This event is co-sponsored by the MWPA thanks in part to the support of the Kirby Family Foundation.