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Rolling Stone: Stories from the Edge (2017)

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A look at 50 years of the iconic magazine features interviews with and footage of journalists, photographers and performers who have graced its pages since it was launched by publisher Jann Wenner in 1967. In 2 parts.
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Credited cast:
Cameron Crowe ... Himself
Jeff Daniels ... Rolling Stone (voice)
Johnny Depp ... Hunter S. Thompson (voice)
Annie Leibovitz ... Herself
Jann Wenner ... Himself
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A look at 50 years of the iconic magazine features interviews with and footage of journalists, photographers and performers who have graced its pages since it was launched by publisher Jann Wenner in 1967. In 2 parts.

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English

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6 November 2017 (USA) See more »

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Magazyn Rolling Stone: Reportaże znad krawędzi See more »

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some nostalgia, some unintentional hard questions
24 December 2018 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

It's the 50 year anniversary of the iconic music magazine. The first part of this HBO documentary follows the magazine's inception to John Lennon's assassination. The second part looks at the changes during the more recent years. The first part is fun and nostalgic. Honestly, I was waiting for Cameron Crowe and any similarities to Almost Famous. The Tina Turner section runs too long and only hints at the later revelation of the domestic abuse. The Hunter S. Thompson section is the most fun and the most relevant to today's politics. Each section depends on how one feels about each artist. I particularly like the Sex Pistol section. There is a little too much worshipping of Lennon. The second part is less about music and more about social issues. Again, Hunter S. Thompson is a real character and his section is interesting although he's not doing anything about music. The most compelling is Ice-T although the irony of him in a cop uniform is left unsaid. Do I want to rehash Britney? No. Of course, they go through McChrystal which is probably the highlight of this era. Right after, they go through the UVA dark times. The most problematic is reliving the 2016 election. In 2017, it may be what Rolling Stone want to do but they aren't doing anything anybody else is doing. They are no longer different from anybody else. They may get inspiration from Hunter Thompson but they are no Hunter Thompson. It looks like a magazine lost in time and lost in direction. Looking back to Dylan does nothing to assuage that feeling of irrelevance and old age. This documentary may have stumbled onto an essential truth. It was a magazine of the youth at the beginning but it has growth too long in the tooth.


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