“Rolling Stone: Stories from the Edge” would’ve been the kind of thing that impressed me at 19. I swear that Almost Famous ruined a generation of critical writers trying to find a way to espouse new thoughts on pop culture before turning to shit shifting middle managers of corporate sites. While watching the documentary, the process to that point becomes way more clear. Jann Wenner saw the future and guided his magazine’s style to that point. Besides, the real writers could always go work at Creem.

Four hours of rock documentary material might seem overwhelming. Well, that’s because it is. Even VH-1 kept their never-ending rock retrospectives to hour installments and used different nights to chop them up. After all, how many times do you need to hear a 60 year old try to remember their cocaine usage while set to the cooling rhythm of “My Old School”? The grand takeaway from Alex Gibney’s sprawling love letter to Rolling Stone is that anyone can call themselves a taste maker.

Always remember that this is the same magazine that ignored the Detroit sound for years, discovered Philly’s music way too late and constantly found new ways to drag their nuts across Robert Plant’s face. Being the first success at something doesn’t make you the best, it just makes you the loudest. Here’s to a documentary about the loudest most opinionated people in the room.


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The Plot Thus Far

Directed by Oscar®-winner Alex Gibney (HBO’s Taxi to the Dark Side and Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief) and Emmy® winner Blair Foster (HBO’s George Harrison: Living in the Material World), and narrated by Jeff Daniels, Rolling Stone: Stories From the Edge chronicles the last 50 years of American music, politics and popular culture. This special documentary offers the unique perspective of a celebrated magazine that always understood that rock ‘n’ roll was more than just music – it was a cultural force that helped shape America and defined generations. An exhilarating visual and musical experience of the magazine’s history, the film features performances by a dazzling array of artists, including The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Tina Turner, Janis Joplin, The Sex Pistols, The Clash and Ice-T, and music from some of the cultural icons it heralded, including Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Fleetwood Mac and Chance the Rapper. In the process, it also showcases the superb, groundbreaking work of its writers, spotlighting Rolling Stone’s impact on society and providing an engrossing inside look at how the magazine helped shape the zeitgeist and has endured for a half-century.


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