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Rolling Stone: Stories from the Edge

Rolling Stone: Stories from the Edge

Photo Credit:  Baron Wolman/HBO
  • Premiered: 
    November 6, 2017
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  • Network: HBO
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Type: Live Action
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  • Subject Matter: Journalism
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Plot Synopsis

Directed by Alex Gibney and Blair Foster, ROLLING STONE: STORIES FROM THE EDGE is a two-part, four-hour documentary that chronicles the last 50 years of American music, politics and popular culture through the perspective of "Rolling Stone," a magazine that understood rock 'n' roll was more than music -- it was a cultural force that helped shape America and defined generations. A visual and musical experience of the magazine's history, this film features performances by an 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, and showcases the superb, groundbreaking work of its writers, spotlighting the impact of "Rolling Stone" on society. The special goes behind the scenes of key stories that shaped America, including: the 1972 presidential election as covered by Hunter Thompson, progenitor of "gonzo journalism"; the revealing inside account of the kidnapping of Patty Hearst; the unique relationship between John Lennon and the magazine from 1967 to 1980, including Annie Leibovitz's final photo of Lennon for the magazine, taken right before his death; the Ice-T "Cop Killer" song controversy; and the retracted story about a rape on the campus of the University of Virginia. This two-part program revisits such pivotal articles as: Michael Hastings' piece that brought down Gen. Stanley McChrystal, commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan; Lawrence Wright's insight into the rise and fall of televangelist Jimmy Swaggart; and Jann Wenner's poignant day-after-the-election interview with Barack Obama in 2016. Along with the authors' words are previously unheard audio recordings, including an interview with then-President Bill Clinton, and interviews with such world-renowned musicians and writers as John Lennon, Tina Turner, Bruce Springsteen, The Sex Pistols, Elvis, The Clash, Ice-T, Bob Dylan, Cameron Crowe, Matt Taibbi, and Vanessa Grigoriadis, plus rare photos and footage. The two-parter premiered from 9-11pm ET/PT on HBO on consecutive nights: Monday, November 6 and Tuesday, November 7, 2017.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Jigsaw Productions
  • In association with Nevision Limited
  • In association with Rolling Stone Productions