The untold story the son of a Chinese immigrant who became Rolling Stone magazine’s legendary first music editor during the great rock & roll era, when music meant more than entertainment.
With his writings, he brought stories filled with artists’ hopes and joys, conflicts and fears, and also exposed the gut-wrenching underbelly of racism.
As the film unveils Ben’s personal archival recordings (Stevie Wonder, George Harrison, Jim Morrison, Tina Turner, Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles…), and new exclusive interviews of his celebrity friends (Elton John, Carlos Santana, Quincy Jones, Steve Martin & more), we discover how his writings, curating and deep understanding of music from all backgrounds, helped him shape rock and pop music culture.
Driven by his need to uncover the truth, Ben Fong-Torres broke barriers in music journalism making him a voice of a generation that would change America forever.
“When Kai finds those ties in Fong-Torres’ life between the son who dreamed and the man who accomplished, the movie is like airplay for an album deep cut: what was always there getting some well-deserved attention.” Los Angeles Times
“A nostalgia trip through the back pages of music journalism, via one of the most exemplary practitioners of the craft” Forbes