Live Talks Los Angeles event:
in conversation with Chris Willman
$40 Virtual Admission + Signed Book*
*Tickets include access to watch the virtual version of the event
that airs on September 25 at 3pm PT/6pm ET.
and Available on video-on-demand for 72 hrs, thru Sep 28, midnight.
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 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, he is the youngest inductee in the American Society of Magazine Editor’s Hall of Fame.
Chris Willman is senior music writer and chief music critic at Variety. He was named Entertainment Journalist of the Year by the Los Angeles Press Club at the 2020 SoCal Journalism Awards. Prior to joining Variety, Willman was a longtime senior writer at Entertainment Weekly and a contributor to the Los Angeles Times, Billboard, TV Guide, the Hollywood Reporter and other publications.
“The planet got much hipper right around the time Jann Wenner arrived on it. It feels like every significant wave that’s broken over the surface of the world I have lived in, Jann has been there to bear witness and often to catalyze. In memoir as in life, Wenner lets his serious and his silly get the better of him. And we, his readers—for nearly half the century—get the best of him in these pages. I had a lot of fun getting lost in him and no interest in being found.”―Bono
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 Barak 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.