LIKE A ROLLING STONE: The Life & Times of Ben Fong-Torres
A Chinese-American kid with an unlikely dream, a wicked sense of humor, growing up with only a radio to the outside world helped define the voice of the rock and Roll generation.
The fledgling magazine was a gutsy start-up with barely room for four desks in a tiny loft above a rent-free printing press with barely room for four desks. It was none other than Rolling Stone.
LIKE A ROLLING STONE - The Life & Times of Ben Fong-Torres is a feature documentary portrait about the legendary journalist and first music editor at Rolling Stone, who became an unlikely but charismatic hero of the Sex, Drugs and great Rock 'n’ Roll era.
As part of the original nucleus of Rolling Stone, Ben was front and center of the big bang moment of rock journalism. He wrote, and edited the magazine's music coverage.
Individuals for the first time were writing and performing their own music - many were trying to change the world for the better through their music.
The magazine spoke an uncensored, honest language to a new generation caught up in an America of violent political, social and cultural upheaval.
This generation was changing values and seeking a previously unknown personal freedom.
Ben, the founders and a small staff stood at the intersection of the most powerful forces in music, pop culture and society. They became the voice of their generation which changed America forever.
The film is told from Ben’s deeply personal point of view, from the man who quite literally had a backstage pass.
In 1968, a 23-year-old quick-witted kid from Oakland's Chinatown with a passion for Rock ‘n’ Roll joined a tiny new publication in San Francisco.
Through rocky financial times and staff uprisings, Ben was an inspiring leader contributing to Rolling Stone’s meteoric ascent into American popular culture.