Ben Fong-Torres, Cameron Crowe's Editor, Has His Own T-shirt

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First Cameron Crowe premieres his upcoming Pearl Jam documentary at Toronto in September and now we have news that his esteemed editor and character in the Academy Award-winning Almost Famous, Ben Fong- Torres, has his own t-shirt courtesy of American Apparel.

Why does he deserve it? Do you have to ask?

ben-fong-torres-t.jpgFor the past four decades Fong-Torres has been the been perhaps the most erudite and soigné rock critic—sporting silk tailored shirts and exquisitely tailored jackets no matter what the time of day or occasion. A senior editor at Rolling Stone from its earliest days, he penned stories on Dylan, Marvin Gaye, and perhaps most famously Linda Ronstadt, and later was a broadcaster, college instructor, and the author of eight books, including the definitive Gram Parson’s biography Hickory Wind: the Life and Times of Gram Parsons.

Through it all, Fong-Torres always makes everything he does seem effortless. Apparently American Apparel noticed and put his photo, circa 1970-something, on a T-shirt. Funny, in all the years I’ve known him, I’ve never seen him wear one.

“I do wear them,” Fong-Torres protests. “I sleep in one, and wear one to 24 Hour Fitness.”  We don’t believe him, of course. But no matter. Go buy one and maybe you can absorb some of his savoir faire. Wait, why is this making me speaking in French?



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Jaan Uhelszki was one of the founding editors at Detroit’s legendary Creem magazine. Since that time, her work has appeared in USA Today, Uncut, Rolling Stone, Spin, NME, Relix, and Guitar World. She is the only journalist to have ever performed in full makeup with Kiss. Luckily she only had to put…

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