Rolling Stone magazine started in San Francisco but made waves across American pop culture. It was shaped and catapulted into success partly by the American-born son of Chinese immigrants, Ben Fong-Torres. Ben was the magazine’s first music editor. Artists found it easy to bond with him. And, it was his Chinese heritage that added to that relatability and helped him secure so many landmark interviews, a list that consists of hall-of-famers like Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles, Tina Turner, Grateful Dead, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, and Stevie Wonder. Ben Fong-Torres helped shaped the way America consumed the counterculture movement of the time.
Director Suzanne Joe Kai and subject Ben Fong-Torres expected to attend. This program is co-presented by Chinese Historical Society of America.