THE ONLY GIRL

MY LIFE AND TIMES ON THE MASTHEAD OF ROLLING STONE

The Oldie - - BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR -

ROBIN GREEN Vi­rago, 305pp, £18.99, Oldie price £13.92 inc p&p

A mem­oir cen­tred on the three years Robin Green spent work­ing on

Rolling Stone mag­a­zine in the Sev­en­ties makes you yearn for the co­pi­ous sex and small hills of co­caine of the pre-metoo era dur­ing which, as she puts it, ‘We chicks peered at the world of men from un­der our bangs.’ Sex­ploita­tion was ram­pant but boy did they have a lot of fun. ‘Green’s de­scen­dants in the me­dia will read her de­scrip­tions of work­ing life with envy,’ wrote Lu­dovic Hunter-tilney in the

FT. ‘Writ­ers were paid hand­somely, ex­pense ac­counts were lav­ish, au­tho­rial free­dom ex­ten­sive.’ An­nie

Lei­bovitz and Hunter S Thomp­son were col­leagues and among those she ‘skew­ered’ were Den­nis Hop­per and David Cas­sidy. Too soon, RS foundered­i­tor Jann Wen­ner fires her when she fails to de­liver a piece on Robert F Kennedy Jr – be­cause she sleeps with him in­stead.

‘This is about a woman nav­i­gat­ing the un­charted ter­ri­tory of a crazy new world with the self-aware­ness, hu­mour and re­silience that an “only girl” needs,’ wrote Bar­bara Ellen in the Guardian.

Nick Duer­den, in the In­de­pen­dent, is awed by Green’s ‘can­did­ness’. ‘the guy was hung. Half­way to his knees,’ she says of Kennedy. ‘Green and the other “chicks” of those un­re­con­structed days had hairy armpits, dope, mu­sic and the Pill,’ said Rose Wild in the Times. ‘There was great mu­sic. It was good to be young, and you could only feel sorry for the peo­ple who came after, who would never get to live that life.’

Robin Green: re­silient

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