IS JIMMY CARTER A CLOSET ROLLING STONE AND WILL BOB DYLAN WIN THE ELECTION?
A rolling stone may gather no moss. but the editors of Rolling Stone these days seem to be trying to gather up as much prestige and political influence as they can. Editor Jann Wenner may be bidding to become the Citizen Kane of the 70's, the powerful journalistic link between the ascendent Jimmy Carter Crusade and the numerically important youth vote.
During the Democratic Convention. Citizen Wenner and his crew made the scene by creating a scene. A Rolling Stone party thrown in honor of the Jimmy Carter staff sought to assemble a carefully pre-selected Who's Who of the Democratic Party hierarchy. the national media and the beautiful people celebrity world. It was to be one of those exclusive chi-chi Upper East Side Parties which makes great copy for the likes of Tom Wolfe. and massages the egos of those hosts more interested in selling in than selling out.
Your news dissector was there to watch the hipoisie cringe as too many early arrivals packed a borrowed townhouse before many of the most important luminaries even arrived. This created a problem in physics: two objects being unable to fill the same space at the same time. The result, as chronicled by the New York Times and Washington Post, was a sidewalk jammed with celebrities who, alas, had to stand in line and bitch about the absurdity of waiting. the fate reserved for common folks. The VIP's soon started pushing and piling into each other in a rush to be among 'the ins instead of the outs.
In the holding pattern on E. 68th Street, one found the likes of Lauren Bacall, Warren Beatty, Bella Abzug. and Publishers Dorothy Shiff and Kaye Graham, Ford Foundation President McGeorge Bundy, writer Theodore White, singer Paul Simon, and ironically, the writer whose endorsement of Jimmy Carter started the whole stone rolling, the honorable Doctor of Gonzo journalism, Hunter S. Thompson.
This party was to have been a hush hush affair, but somehow one of the engraved invitations fell into the hands of political prankster Dick Tuck who printed a facsimile of them in a convention newspaper called Reliable Source. This undesired publicity turned out the unwanted and in some cases the unwashed, like myself. The relative uneventfulness of the