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Rolling Stone Magazine: The Uncensored History Paperback – May, 1991

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Draper's portrayal of Wenner as a talented but drug-abusing, scattered, celebrity-crazed individual--a political dilettante and a former love child--leaves the reader wondering how he made such a vulgar (and brilliant) success of the nation's pop culture periodical, Rolling Stone . That question remains largely unexplained here, although Draper still offers some engaging insights into the pitfalls and complications of publishing. He chronicles how the journalistic talent Rolling Stone attracted--including Hunter S. Thompson, Lester Bangs, Jon Landau, Greil Marcus, Tim Cahill, and others--kept the magazine afloat despite Wenner's inattention and bungling. This is for larger communications collections and long-time readers of Rolling Stone. -- Lauren Bielski, New York
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 16 pages
  • Publisher: Harpercollins (May 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060973935
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060973933
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.2 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,661,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Robert Draper has been a national correspondent for GQ magazine for the past decade, and prior to that was senior editor at Texas Monthly. He lives in Washington, D.C. He is author of a novel, Hadrian's Walls (Knopf), and the biography Rolling Stone Magazine: The Uncensored History.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. Miller on December 14, 2004
Format: Paperback
Robert Draper's Rolling Stone Magazine: The Uncensored Story is a stunning testament to the magazine which helped herald in an era, and has been here ever since. This book isn't about the artists that were covered; instead it's more about the staff, the writers, th editors, and especially founder Jann Wenner, almost biographically so.

Now out of the 60's came many things good and bad but in the late 60's Rolling Stone the magazine was formed. However it's never that simple and Draper conveys that well. With inside information due to hundreds of interviews and just some good research he pieces together what life was like behind the cover.

My only fault is that I wish this book could have been written in 2004 instead of 1990 so that I could learn about recent events. Overall this is a great book and I highly recommend it for musicians, journalists, and any Rolling Stone magazine avid fans out there.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Austin L. Ray on February 27, 2006
Format: Paperback
This fantastic book tells the tale of one of America's most successful publiciations while simultaneously chronicling its seedy underbelly. You'll laugh at the hijinks of Hunter S. Thompson one minute and get infuriated by the way editor in chief Jann Wenner chooses to treat fellow human beings the next. I highly recommend it for ANYONE who is interested in the music industry, the magazine world or fine music writing in general. It's a shame that this book is out of print, but on the upside, you can get a pretty cheap used copy without much trouble. A great read.
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful By JX on January 11, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I really wish someone would have put "library copy" in the description somewhere. "Used-good" does not imply that "Such-and-such Library" will be stamped all over the sides and there will be a rough cover.
Other than that, the shipping was quick and the book seems to be in decent condition. I believe I scored a first-edition print too.
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