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Just in time for its 50th anniversary, Rolling Stone magazine is getting the "This Is Your Life" treatment on HBO.

A two-part documentary, "Rolling Stone: Stories From the Edge," premieres November 6 and 7 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, almost 50 years to the day that a movie still of John Lennon ("How I Won the War") graced the cover of the groundbreaking publication's debut issue on November 9, 1967.

The four-hour retrospective, narrated by Jeff Daniels, was directed by Alex Gibney, who won three Emmy Awards for his 2015 HBO documentary "Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief," and fellow Emmy winner Blair Foster (HBO's "George Harrison: Living in the Material World").

Music highlights include performances by artists ranging from Janis Joplin, Tina Turner and Bruce Springsteen to the Clash, the Sex Pistols and, of course, the British band that shares the magazine's name.

But the documentary also delves into Rolling Stone's reportorial impact on pop culture and politics: the gonzo journalism of Hunter S. Thompson, the inside story of Patty Hearst's 1974 kidnapping, the controversial 2014 account of a rape at the University of Virginia, later debunked as a hoax.

In its early days, "We were pretty much around the clock living, breathing, writing rock and roll," says publisher Jann Wenner, the subject of a new biography, "Sticky Fingers" by Joe Hagan. "And fairly quickly Rolling Stone became more than a music magazine."

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