Sticky Fingers Book Review

Sticky Fingers by Joe Hagan is a wonderfully written and thoroughly researched book on the life of Jann Wenner, Rolling Stone Magazine’s co-founder and editor-in-chief. Hagan tells the story of Wenner’s beginnings as a precocious child and student to a fame-hungry journalist and founder. Readers are granted an inside look into the zeitgeist of times and the last fifty years of the “counterculture bible” that is Rolling Stone. Hagan unapologetically explores the world of sex, drugs, and rock and roll in journalism and how that formula birthed Rolling Stone and made Wenner a household name. The uncensored biography is both inspiring and infuriating, objective and subjective, poetic and simple. It immerses the reader into a life that should be both admired and critiqued. Sticky Fingers is must-read for journalism students because of Wenner’s impact on journalism and his mixing of pop culture and journalism. Rolling Stone Magazine fans and biography enthusiasts will also enjoy Wenner’s life story and the frenzy that is Rolling Stone and its history.