Porter Bibb

Porter Bibb (born c. 1937, Louisville, Kentucky)[2] is an American financier, media producer, and writer. He is best known as the first publisher of Rolling Stone magazine.[3]

Porter Bibb
Born1937 (age 8384)
Alma materYale University
OccupationInvestment banker
Known forjournalist, publisher, film producer, author
Spouse(s)Alexandra Penn Bibb [1]


Bibb began his career is an investment banker specializing in media, entertainment, and technology ventures. He founded the first investment banking boutique in London [who?] in 1962.[citation needed] He worked on the team that began Bankers Trust's investment banking unit in 1977,[citation needed] which completed over 300 media and entertainment transactions in five years.[citation needed] For over 15 years, he was a senior partner and director of investment banking at Ladenburg Thalmann.[when?][citation needed]

Bibb attended Louisville Male High School and was a member of the Athenaeum Literary Association, a school-sponsored literary and social club. There he got to know another club member, Hunter S. Thompson, who would become an influential counterculture journalist.[4]

Bibb convinced Albert and David Maysles to film the 1969 Woodstock Festival despite the bad weather and the withdrawal of Warner Bros.' financial backing.[3][5] Bibb also convinced The Rolling Stones to perform at the Altamont Free Concert in 1969, and he produced the 1970 documentary film of the event, Gimme Shelter.[3][6]

As a journalist, Bibb was a White House correspondent for Newsweek magazine,[when?][citation needed] the first publisher of Rolling Stone magazine,[when?][citation needed] and a corporate development director for The New York Times Company.[when?] He wrote the author of several books, including a best-selling biography of Ted Turner (Random House, 1993 and 1997).

He graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in History and earned graduate certificates from the Harvard Business School and London School of Economics.

Bibb is a direct descendant of the first two governors of Alabama: William Wyatt Bibb (1781–1820) and Thomas Bibb (1783–1839).[3]

Books authored

  • CB Bible, Doubleday, 1976
  • Disco Inferno: An Illustrated Novel, Dolphin, 1979
  • It Ain't As Easy As It Looks: Ted Turner's Amazing Story, Crown, 1993


  • Gimme Shelter (1970) – associate producer
  • Year of the Woman (1973) – producer


  1. "Biographies" Archived 2019-03-22 at the Wayback Machine, Mediatech Capital Partners
  2. "Profile: Porter Bibb: Managing Director, Corporate Finance, MediaTech Capital Partners LLC" Archived 2011-07-23 at the Wayback Machine, Bloomberg L.P., Bloomberg Enterprise Technology Summit, May 17th, 2011
  3. Kissel, Howard (August 13, 2000). "The Vision of Porter Bibb". New York Daily News. Retrieved September 7, 2008.
  4. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-06-15. Retrieved 2012-06-17.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. "Woodstock remembered" Archived 2009-08-22 at the Wayback Machine, Business News Network video, Friday, August 14, 2009, Interview with Porter Bibb.
  6. "Gimme Shelter" Archived 2013-04-19 at the Wayback Machine, Maysles Films website

Further reading