Slate of original audio productions explores extraordinary lives of legendary icons
Audible Inc., the world’s largest producer and provider of downloadable audiobooks and other spoken-word entertainment, has announced a production deal with Rolling Stone and its critically acclaimed journalists to create vivid audio-only portrayals of legendary musicians and larger-than-life icons. The Wild Heart of Stevie Nicks, a look at the life, music and legend of the Fleetwood Mac singer written and performed by best-selling author Rob Sheffield, will be released exclusively on Audible on April 4th via audible.com/stevienicks.
“The epicenter of culture and technology is where Audible lives, so we’re honored to work with Rolling Stone, a magazine that has served as a purveyor of pop culture and rich storytelling for decades, to produce next-level audio journalism,” states David Blum, Editor-in-Chief of Audible Originals.
“Audio journalism represents a great step forward in longform storytelling for Rolling Stone,” says Rolling Stone President and Chief Operating Officer Gus Wenner. “We couldn’t ask for a better partner in this space than Audible Originals.”
Audible teamed up with Rolling Stone in October 2018 to produce The Queen, an uncompromisingly honest Audible Original that honored the life and legacy of the incomparable Aretha Franklin, written by Rolling Stone journalist Mikal Gilmore and performed by Adenrele Ojo. The Queen immediately landed on Audible’s bestseller list, and remained there for numerous weeks.
Stevie Nicks helped make Fleetwood Mac one of the biggest bands on the planet before launching an extremely successful solo career. Next month, she’ll be inducted to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist, becoming the first woman ever to enter the Rock Hall twice (she was first inducted with Fleetwood Mac in 1998). She’s earned 13 Grammy Nominations, including seven as a solo artist, and continues to tour arenas worldwide with Fleetwood Mac.
Additional Audible productions with Rolling Stone will be announced in the coming months.
Author: Buddy Iahn
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