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Rolling Stone: Stories From The Edge looks back at the last 50 years of American music, politics and more

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Following a two-part special presented by HBO, a six-episode version of Rolling Stone: Stories From The Edge will be available first on iTunes in North America and the UK beginning Monday, March 12. The full season on iTunes is $14.99, and episodes are $2.99 each. The series will launch on other major VOD platforms, including Amazon, Vudu, Googleplay and Xbox on Tuesday, March 27th, courtesy of Kew Media.

Rolling Stone: Stories From The Edge chronicles the last 50 years of American music, politics and popular culture through the story of the magazine that understood rock ‘n’ roll was more than music — it was a cultural force that re-shaped America. Drawing on previously unheard recordings provided by some of Rolling Stone’s greatest writers, as well as original interviews, rare photos and footage, the series is an inside look at how Rolling Stone helped shape the zeitgeist and has endured for a half-century.

Rolling Stone: Stories From The Edge is narrated by Jeff Daniels and directed by Oscar-winner Alex Gibney (HBO’s Taxi to the Dark Side and Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief) and Emmy-winner Blair Foster (HBO’s George Harrison: Living in the Material World), featuring an original interview with Bruce Springsteen and rare archival interviews with John Lennon, Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Britney Spears, David Bowie and many more, and features Johnny Depp as the voice of Hunter S. Thompson.

Rolling Stone: Stories From The Edge showcases the groundbreaking work of its writers, spotlighting Rolling Stone’s impact on society.

The series 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.

Rolling Stone: Stories From the Edge revisits such pivotal articles as Michael Hastings’ piece that brought down Gen. Stanley McChrystal, commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan; Lawrence Wright’s intriguing 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.

The new six-episode series will showcase brand new scenes, including a stunning scene dedicated to Cameron Crowe’s cover interview with the late David Bowie, featuring musical performances, interview footage and Cameron Crowe reflecting back on this powerful interview.

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Rolling Stone: Stories From The Edge Episodic synopses list:

EPISODE ONE

Jann and Jane Wenner, along with Ralph Gleason, capture the hippy zeitgeist in the pages of their new counterculture magazine, Rolling Stone. The magazine chronicles the drug busts of the Grateful Dead, the Groupies scene and the rise of Ike and Tina Turner. Jann Wenner scores a legendary interview with John Lennon at a pivotal moment for The Beatles.

EPISODE TWO

Wunderkind Cameron Crowe joins the magazine’s roster and participates in a grudge softball game between the Eagles, Chicago, and the typewriter jockeys at Rolling Stone. As Rolling Stone plunges into politics, Dr. Hunter S. Thompson and photographer Annie Leibovitz cover the tumultuous 1972 Presidential Election.

EPISODE THREE

Rolling Stone’s investigative team scoops the rest of the publishing world with its revelatory story about the kidnapping of heiress Patty Hearst. The music world reels as the Sex Pistols take the spotlight and tragedy befalls John Lennon.

EPISODE FOUR

Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone struggle to contend with their commercial success as the punk ethos of the Clash and the Talking Heads take over the vanguard of rock ‘n’ roll. Cameron Crowe enters the exhilarating orbit of David Bowie, and Hunter Thompson strikes again with a story of wild 1980s excess in Palm Beach.

EPISODE FIVE

Ice T and his band, Body Count, polarize America with their take on police brutality. Jann Wenner, Hunter Thompson and P.J. O’Rourke interview Bill Clinton. Rolling Stone must again come to grips with generation tumult as *NSync and Britney Spears move into the spotlight.

EPISODE SIX

A shocking Rolling Stone expose takes down one of the most powerful U.S. generals in the Afghanistan War. The magazine suffers from a journalistic scandal. Political writers Janet Reitman and Matt Taibbi keep tabs on American democracy.

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Rolling Stone: Stories From The Edge is A Jigsaw Production in association with Nevision Limited and Rolling Stone Productions; directed by Alex Gibney and Blair Foster; executive producers, Alex Gibney, Blair Foster, Jann Wenner, James Cabourne; co-executive producers, Richard Perello and Stacey Offman; voice of Rolling Stone, Jeff Daniels; editors, Ben Sozanski, Geeta Gandbhir and Andy Grieve.

The six-episode series launches first on iTunes on Monday, March 12 in North America and the UK, followed by a release on other major VOD platforms, including Amazon, Vudu, Googleplay and Xbox on Monday, March 27, courtesy of Kew Media.

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