More than half a century ago, a new generation sought peace and love. They wanted free speech. They wanted civil rights. They wanted people to be kinder. They wanted to stop government lies. They wanted to stop the war.
For the first time people began picking up guitars to write and perform their own music to help save the world. Their music unified many movements into one revolution.
The mainstream press missed accurately covering the revolution by years – but Ben Fong-Torres and Rolling Stone got it right. Ben defined the voice of a generation that rewrote the American dream. As Rolling Stone’s legendary writer and first music editor, in charge of all music coverage for more than a decade during the late ’60s to ’70s Ben was at the heart of this revolution which was intertwined with people’s music.
With his wicked sense of humor, Ben was an inspiring leader at Rolling Stone when it was a tiny, struggling publication with barely room for four desks above a noisy printing press in San Francisco. His legendary profiles of the great music artists, and his editorial direction shaping the music coverage helped to propel Rolling Stone's wildly successful, meteoric ascent into popular culture. The feature documentary profiles Ben's incredible life to today, as busy as ever.