The lights, the crowds, the music! Ben Fong-Torres covered it all at Rolling Stone as a legendary writer, rock journalist and Rolling Stone magazine’s first music editor. The documentary about Ben’s life is an epic sweep through the world of rock and roll.
More than half a century ago, America’s youth revolution wanted peace, love, free speech, civil rights, and to stop a war, and a White House and a President from covering up misdeeds. While the mainstream press missed accurately covering the revolution, a tiny startup publication named Rolling Stone got it right.
The son of Chinese Immigrants, Ben grew up in Oakland’s Chinatown with only a radio to the outside world. Driven by a passion for music, writing, and a wicked sense of humor, he was in charge of music coverage during the late ’60s to ’70s. Ben was at the heart of this revolution which was closely intertwined by music written and performed by people trying to make the world a better place.
Ben began writing and editing for the tiny publication when it had 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.