Art: Stone Scoop

In San Francisco, where news swirls across town faster than the fog, the word was out: Rolling Stone (circ. 410,000) was on to something big. Editors of the counterculture's bible were not answering the phones in their Bay Area homes. Uniformed guards were posted at the biweekly's St. Louis printing plant. Randolph Hearst ordered a reporter at his San Francisco Examiner to find out whether the magazine's rumored scoop had anything to do with his daughter Patty. Rolling Stone Founder and Publisher Jann Wenner, 29, told the reporter no and branded the talk as empty gossip.

Wenner lied. In a 13,000-word article...

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