Rolling Stone: Stories from the Edge: Miniseries (2017)


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Air date: Nov 6, 2017
Air date: Nov 7, 2017

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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.

Critic Reviews for Rolling Stone: Stories from the Edge Miniseries

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (5)

Wenner is an executive producer of this documentary, so it's a bit of a puff piece on the magazine, and how much you enjoy it will depend on how interested you are in rock music and the magazine itself.

Jan 4, 2018 | Full Review…

It's the story of a still-often-great institution overwhelmed by its own claims to historical greatness.

Nov 9, 2017 | Full Review…

For all but the most devoted classic rock fan, Stories From The Edge will feel like a farewell party thrown by someone who long overstayed their welcome.

Nov 8, 2017 | Full Review…

You see with total clarity that Wenner and his early cadre of writers and photographers (incredibly talented in many cases, don't get me wrong) were not creating culture.

Nov 8, 2017 | Full Review…

Yet despite fascinating moments, "Rolling Stone: Stories From the Edge" -- a four-hour documentary, produced in conjunction with the magazine -- feels a bit too much like a licensed product to be fully and consistently compelling.

Nov 9, 2017 | Full Review…
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The music chosen to back the segments is particularly well chosen, and often played in full.

Nov 8, 2017 | Full Review…

The Lennon story in particular demonstrates how the magazine gave voice to a cultural moment and a generation a place to come together. I cried.

Nov 6, 2017 | Full Review…

Oscar winner Gibney and Blair bring convincing directorial style to what is a useful and entertaining infomercial about an important chapter in American culture and journalism.

Nov 6, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

All we're left with is the sense of how proud Rolling Stone is of Rolling Stone.

Nov 6, 2017 | Rating: C | Full Review…
Top Critic

Stories from the Edge loses its edge once its celebrity writers take over the focus.

Nov 6, 2017 | Full Review…

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