More than half a century ago,
a new generation of
Americans sought peace and love.
They wanted free speech.
They wanted civil rights.
They wanted people to be kinder.
They wanted to stop the Vietnam war.
They wanted to stop government lies.

FOR THE FIRST TIME
PEOPLE BEGAN WRITING AND
PERFORMING 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 a steady,
humble, and inspiring leader starting from
Rolling Stone’s early years 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 America’s popular culture.