Jann Wenner
American magazine founder
Jann Wenner
Jann Simon Wenner is the co-founder and publisher of the music and politics biweekly Rolling Stone, as well as the current owner of Men's Journal and Us Weekly magazines.
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Facebook Is Finally Taking Action Against Fake News
Huffington Post - 2 months
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Reporter, Publication Held Liable In Rolling Stone Rape Story Lawsuit
Huffington Post - 4 months
A federal jury on Friday found Rolling Stone magazine liable of defaming a University of Virginia administrator by publishing a story it later retracted about an alleged gang rape at the school. The decision followed a three-week trial in U.S. District Court in Charlottesville, Virginia, where the administrator, Nicole Eramo, sued the magazine, owner Wenner Media and reporter Sabrina Erdely for $7.9 million. The jury returns on Monday to determine damages in the case. Erdely was found liable of actual malice, a key element in libel law, in six statements in the November 2014 story, “A Rape on Campus.” Rolling Stone and Wenner Media were each found liable of actual malice in three statements, according to court documents.   function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commerci ...
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Rolling Stone Defamation Trial Over UVA Rape Story Begins
Huffington Post - 4 months
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28-year-old scion cut Rolling Stone deal over love of guitars
Chicago Times - 5 months
The sale of a big chunk of Rolling Stone magazine began with a casual meeting between a scion of one of Asia's richest families and the son of magazine impresario Jann Wenner, during a sweltering New York summer. A mutual friend had suggested Kuok Meng Ru, blues aficionado and son of palm oil tycoon...
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Jann Wenner to sell 49% of Rolling Stone to Singapore's BandLab
Chicago Times - 5 months
There comes a time when even Jann Wenner needs a little help from his friends. After a five-decade run full of interviews with pop stars and presidents, the founder of Rolling Stone is selling 49 percent of the iconic magazine to an Asian billionaire's son. It's the first time Wenner has admitted...
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'Rolling Stone' Faces Criticism Over Sean Penn's 'El Chapo' Interview
Huffington Post - about 1 year
NEW YORK (AP) — It was a big scoop, and one Rolling Stone may well regret. The magazine made stunning news over the weekend by revealing that actor Sean Penn landed a rare interview last fall with the notorious drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman while Guzman was on the run after escaping through a tunnel from a maximum-security Mexican prison. Guzman was recaptured Friday in Mexico after a shootout that killed five of his associates and wounded one marine. Penn's long and often rambling essay, widely mocked on social media, included comments from Guzman on everything from his childhood to his thoughts on the drug trade. It also raised questions of ethics and judgment, namely whether Penn should have met secretly with one of the world's most-wanted fugitives, whether the actor crossed the line by giving Guzman approval over the article before it was published, and whether Penn trivialized El Chapo's murderous past by asking him such questions as "Do you have any dreams?" and " ...
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Rolling Stone's shame
Fox News - almost 2 years
Jann Wenner blames rape accuser
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Rolling Stone awaits review of debunked Virginia gang rape story
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Columbia University review of a now-discredited Rolling Stone story about an alleged gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity is due out on Sunday, addressing the questions of journalistic ethics raised by the provocative article. Rolling Stone commissioned the review after backtracking on the story, "A Rape on Campus," which caused an uproar over the issue of campus sexual assault when it was published in November. The story's autopsy could lead to a shakeup at Rolling Stone, founded in 1967 by editor Jann Wenner. If the report is highly critical, it "will have an enormous impact on Rolling Stone.
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All You Need Is Love: The Beatles in My Life
Huffington Post - about 3 years
For the past month or two, I've had the honor of spending a significant part of my time helping to celebrate the uniquely positive and enduring impact of The Beatles on our lives. I was happy to do so on The Grammy Awards, in Playtone's The Sixties: The British Invasion on CNN, and this Sunday night on CBS, The Beatles -- The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute. Our big Grammy Salute to The Beatles is airing on the same network exactly 50 years after John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr first played on The Ed Sullivan Show. Please please me and see it -- it's Fab. This two-and-a-half-hour CBS special features performances by Stevie Wonder, Dave Grohl, Katie Perry, Jeff Lynne, Joe Walsh, Maroon Five, Brad Paisley, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Keith Urban, Pharrell Williams, Gary Clark Jr., Imagine Dragons and John Mayer, and appearances by Johnny Depp, David Letterman, Anna Kendrick, Jeff Bridges, LL Cool J, Kate Beckinsale and Eric Idle. Of course, the who ...
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Conversations with Stone Temple Pilot's Chester Bennington, Gavin DeGraw and Boz Scaggs, Plus Pillars And Tongue, Smile Design Gallery Exclusives
Huffington Post - over 3 years
A Conversation with Stone Temple Pilot's Chester Bennington Mike Ragogna: Chester! Cheers! Chester Bennington: Mike, how are you? MR: I'm fine, you? CB: I'm fantastic, thank you. MR: Nice. All right, let's dig in. Stone Temple Pilots meets Chester Bennington. Dear God, what's going on here, man? CB: Madness, I tell you! Madness is happening! I know, it's crazy, but it's true, it is the way things are, that's for sure. We're having a lot of fun, we've been very, very productive creatively, we have a lot of great music that we're still working on and here to put out as fast as possible and we're playing shows and all of this is happening as Linkin Park is working on our next record. MR: Nice. So it's all smoothy-smooth and both houses are happy? CB: Yeah. I wouldn't be doing it if I didn't get the blessing of my friends, you know? It's the respectful thing to do; those guys deserve an opinion in it. So I put it out there, the guys have been really, really cool about things as I ...
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Miley Cyrus Has Been Dating Theo Wenner Since The Summer
The Huffington Post - over 3 years
It's been a month since Miley Cyrus' rep confirmed that she and fiancé Liam Hemsworth had split, but the "We Can't Stop" singer isn't single. A source confirms to The Huffington Post that the 20-year-old singer is dating photographer Theo Wenner, who is both Liv Tyler's ex and the son of Rolling Stone magazine owner Jann Wenner. But here's the kicker: The source tells HuffPost Celeb that Cyrus and Wenner, 26, have been dating since he photographed her for her Rolling Stone cover this past summer. And If you recall, Cyrus posed nude for that photo shoot -- which isn't anything out of the ordinary for Miley Cyrus. Read More... More on Miley Cyrus
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Offensive Lines: How Bad Is Your NFL Team's Owner?
Mother Jones - over 3 years
<!-- ad_code('rightbottomros', 170); //--> Advertise on MotherJones.com Some were born in the red zone, inheriting teams from their wealthy families. Some are lifetime businessmen who bought a franchise as a midlife vanity project. One is married to a Walmart heiress. Yet on the whole, NFL owners have one thing in common: their relative anonymity. That's because, for years, they've had a hired hand to do their dirty work: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has kept busy negotiating a contract that reduces players' cut of the pie, locking out unionized referees, and fighting the fallout of a $765 million concussion lawsuit. The owners who pay Goodell's $29-million-plus salary were rewarded last year with $9.5 billion in revenue. Here's your chance to take your eyes off Goodell for a sec, and look at the public-financing hogs and brain-trauma deniers occupying luxury suites across America. In the vein of Major League Assholes, we took a stab at matrix-ifying NFL own ...
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Alan Rinzler, on Publishing Past, Present and Future: Part 1
Huffington Post - over 3 years
When you are reading the acknowledgments page of a newly purchased book, and you come across effusive thanks from the writer to his/her editor, you can reasonably ask, "Just what does an editor do?" Is such a person merely a handy helpmate who corrects grammatical errors? Is the editor the person who keeps the writer's creative rampages in check, so that eventually an actual book with a beginning, a middle and an end will arrive at the book store (or, in these times, on your iPad)? Is the editor a soul mate to the writer, without whom the poor sot may never finish the inspired, but sanity-threatening project on which he/she has embarked? All of these will do, and many others. If you are a writer yourself, you know the intellectual and emotional intimacy that can result between you and your editor. It can be a sanguine conversation or a grittily difficult one, and every shade of talk in between. A very good primer on what the relationship can be like is A. Scott Berg's Max Perkins: Edit ...
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Retailers vow not to sell Rolling Stone issue as critics blast decision to put accused Boston bomber on cover
Fox News - over 3 years
At least five retailers with deep ties to New England will not sell the Rolling Stone magazine featuring an unsmiling, scruffy Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on its cover. The picture, which accompanies a story titled "Jahar's World," shows the 19-year-old accused murderer with his long, curly hair tousled, reminiscent of the magazine's iconic shots of rock 'n' roll royalty like The Doors' Jim Morrison and Bob Dylan. The issue — which hits newsstands Friday — depicts Tsarnaev above a boldface headline, "The Bomber." The story, which features interviews from childhood friends, teachers and law enforcement agents, promises to reveal how a "popular, promising student was failed by his family, fell into radical Islam, and became a monster." Several notable retailers, including CVS and Walgreens, have decided not to carry the issue in their stores. "CVS/pharmacy has decided not to sell the current issue of Rolling Stone featuring a cover photo of the Boston Ma ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jann Wenner
  • 2010
    Age 64
    Wenner was credited with spawning the music sensitized generation that served as the launchpad for the visions of Apple Computer co-founder Steve Jobs in an October 2010 Huffington Post column by Eric Ehrmann, one of his early Rolling Stone writers.
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    Wenner received the Norman Mailer Prize in 2010 for his work in the publishing industry.
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  • 2007
    Age 61
    In June 2007, Monkees bassist Peter Tork alleged to the New York Post that Wenner is excluding the group: Hunter S. Thompson was to provide Rolling Stone coverage for the 1976 Presidential Campaign that would appear in a book published by the magazine.
    More Details Hide Details Reportedly, as Thompson was waiting for a $75,000 advance check to arrive, he learned that Wenner canceled the endeavor without telling Thompson. Wenner then asked Thompson to travel to Vietnam to report on what appeared to be the closing of the Vietnam War. Thompson accepted and arrived with the country in chaos, just as the United States was preparing to evacuate and other journalists were scrambling to find transportation out of the region. While there, Thompson learned that Wenner had canceled this excursion as well, and Thompson found himself in Vietnam without health insurance or additional financial support. Thompson's story about the fall of Saigon would not be published in Rolling Stone until ten years later. These two incidents severely strained the relationship between the author and the magazine, and Thompson contributed far less to the publication in later years.
  • 2006
    Age 60
    In August 2006, Wenner bought out Disney's share and now owns 100% of the magazine.
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    Wenner hired former FHM editor Ed Needham, who was then replaced by Will Dana, to turn his flagship magazine around, and by 2006, Rolling Stones circulation was at an all-time high of 1.5 million copies sold every fortnight.
    More Details Hide Details In May 2006, Rolling Stone published its 1000th edition with a holographic, 3-D cover modeled on The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover.
  • 2005
    Age 59
    Wenner has been involved in the conducting and writing of many of the magazine's famous Rolling Stone Interviews. Some of his more recent interview subjects have included: Bill Clinton, Al Gore, John Kerry, and Barack Obama for the magazine during their election campaigns and in November 2005 had a major interview with U2 rockstar Bono, which focused on music and politics.
    More Details Hide Details Wenner's interview with Bono received a National Magazine Award nomination. Rolling Stone and Jann Wenner are chronicled in two books, Gone Crazy and Back Again as well as Rolling Stone: The Uncensored History. Former Rolling Stone journalist David Weir is working on a biography, as is poet and Beat historian Lewis MacAdams.
  • 2004
    Age 58
    From 2004 to 2006, Wenner contributed approximately $63,000 to Democratic candidates and liberal organizations.
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  • 1996
    Age 50
    Wenner fired notable rock critic Jim DeRogatis in 1996 after DeRogatis published a negative review for an album by the then-popular band Hootie and the Blowfish.
    More Details Hide Details Wenner pulled DeRogatis' review from the magazine. Asked by the New York Observer if Wenner was a fan of Hootie and the Blowfish, DeRogatis responded that Wenner "is a fan of any band that sells eight million records." Wenner fired DeRogatis the next day.
  • 1995
    Age 49
    In the summer following the start of Rolling Stone, Wenner and Jane Schindelheim were married in a small Jewish ceremony. Wenner and his wife separated in 1995, though Jane Wenner still remains a vice president of Wenner Media.
    More Details Hide Details She and Wenner have three sons, Alexander Jann, Theodore "Theo" Simon, and Edward Augustus, known as Gus, head of Wenner Media's digital operations. Since 1995, Wenner's partner has been Matt Nye, a fashion designer. Together, Wenner and Nye have three adopted children, Noah and twins Jude & India Rose.
  • 1983
    Age 37
    Wenner, who was made a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation in 1983, has endured controversy during his career as it relates to his involvement in the organization.
    More Details Hide Details Fans and supporters of several artists have placed a large amount of blame on Wenner for keeping them out of the Hall of Fame. They claim Wenner has lobbied to keep them from consideration and nomination to the Hall based on personal bias and a dislike for their music.
  • 1977
    Age 31
    Wenner founded the magazine Outside in 1977; William Randolph Hearst III and Jack Ford both worked for the magazine before Wenner sold it a year later.
    More Details Hide Details He also briefly managed the magazine Look and in 1993, started the magazine Family Life. In 1985, he bought a share in Us Weekly, followed by a joint purchase of the magazine with The Walt Disney Company the following year. The magazine went weekly in 2000; after a difficult start, it now reaches over 11 million readers a week.
  • 1967
    Age 21
    In 1967, Wenner and Gleason founded Rolling Stone in San Francisco.
    More Details Hide Details To get the magazine started, Wenner borrowed $7,500 from family members and from the family of his soon-to-be wife, Jane Schindelheim. Wenner backed the careers of writers such as Hunter S. Thompson, Joe Klein, Cameron Crowe, Joe Eszterhas and leftist-turned-conservative, P.J. O'Rourke. Wenner also discovered photographer Annie Leibovitz when she was a 21-year-old San Francisco Art Institute student. Many of Wenner's proteges, such as writer/director Cameron Crowe, credit him with giving them their biggest breaks. Tom Wolfe recognized Wenner's influence in ensuring that his first novel, The Bonfire of the Vanities, was completed, stating "I was absolutely frozen with fright about getting it done and I decided to serialize it and the only editor crazy enough to do that was Jann." In 1977, Rolling Stone shifted its base of operations from San Francisco to New York City. The magazine's circulation dipped briefly in the late 1970s/early 1980s as Rolling Stone responded slowly in covering the emergence of punk rock and again in the 1990s, when it lost ground to Spin and Blender in coverage of hip hop.
  • 1966
    Age 20
    Before dropping out of Berkeley in 1966, Wenner was active in the Free Speech Movement and produced the column "Something's Happening" in the student-run newspaper, The Daily Californian.
    More Details Hide Details With the help of his mentor, San Francisco Chronicle jazz critic Ralph J. Gleason, Wenner landed a job at Ramparts, a high-circulation muckraker, where Gleason was a contributing editor and Wenner worked on the magazine's spinoff newspaper.
  • 1963
    Age 17
    He graduated from high school at Chadwick School in 1963 and went on to attend the University of California, Berkeley.
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  • 1958
    Age 12
    Wenner was born in New York City, New York, and grew up in a secular Jewish family. His parents divorced in 1958, and he and his sisters, Kate and Merlyn, were sent to boarding schools.
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  • 1946
    Age 0
    Born on January 7, 1946.
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