Canongate bags bio of Rolling Stone Magazine's founding editor

Canongate bags bio of Rolling Stone Magazine's founding editor

Canongate is to publish an "exciting and illuminating" biography of Jann Wenner, founding editor of Rolling Stone magazine, by journalist Joe Hagan in October.

Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine is based on Hagan’s extensive interviews with Wenner and draws from his vast archive of correspondence and rare documents, items that have never been made available to a journalist.

In Sticky Fingers, Hagan goes deep on the mercurial editor and his legacy by securing on-the-record interviews with Mick Jagger, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Bono, Art Garfunkel, Elton John, Cameron Crowe, Keith Richards, Pete Townsend, Yoko Ono, Lorne Michaels, Steve Miller, Jon Landau, Dan Ackroyd, Michael Douglas, David Crosby, Jackson Browne, Billy Joel, Bette Midler, David Geffen, Tom Wolfe, Annie Leibovitz and Danny Fields, among others.

Hagan also reports on the "legendary excesses" that have defined Rolling Stone, unearthing "stunning" revelations about the private lives and secret histories of the principals in Wenner’s orbit – among them Hunter S. Thompson, Annie Leibovitz, John Lennon, Mick Jagger and a Hall-of-Fame cast of rock ‘n’ rollers.

According to the publisher: "Sticky Fingers gives readers a nuanced portrait of a man who helped define a generation and provides an explosive chronicle of an era."

Hagan has written for Rolling Stone and also for New York, the Wall Street Journal and many other publications. He has published long-form profiles and investigative exposés of figures and subjects including Hillary Clinton in her first post-Secretary of State interview, Karl Rove, the Bush family, Henry Kissinger, Dan Rather, Goldman Sachs, The New York Times and Twitter.

The publisher holds UK and Commonwealth rights to the title.

Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine by Joe Hagan will be published on 24th October 2017 priced at £20.