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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Rolling Stone Publisher Sells Majority Stake to Penske, Owner of Variety
NYTimes - 2 months
The deal for a controlling stake of Wenner Media values the company at $100 million. Jann Wenner, Rolling Stone’s founder, will stay on as editorial director.
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Fascinating new nonfiction
LATimes - 4 months
“Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine” by Joe Hagan (Knopf, $29.95) Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner provided Hagan with access to his associates and archives, but the two men had a falling out before the book’s publication. The book Hagan ended up writing...
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Popcast: How Will Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Be Remembered?
NYTimes - 4 months
A new biography of the magazine’s founder has been praised by our critic and slammed by its subject. A discussion about “Sticky Fingers,” on Popcast.
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Jann Wenner, 'Rolling Stone,' And The Decline Of Rock 'N' Roll
NPR - 4 months
Joe Hagan's Sticky Fingers, compiled from unfettered access to Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner, steadfastly avoids hagiography. It can't avoid a sad ending. (Image credit: Robert Altman/Courtesy of Knopf)
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Jann Wenner and His Biographer Have a Falling Out
NYTimes - 4 months
The Rolling Stone founder seemed to enjoy opening up his life to Joe Hagan. Now that the book is about to come out, they are no longer speaking.
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Lawsuit over debunked Rolling Stone rape article revived on appeal
Yahoo News - 5 months
A federal appeals court on Tuesday revived a defamation lawsuit brought by three University of Virginia graduates against Rolling Stone magazine over a now-retracted article describing an alleged gang rape at their fraternity. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals announced its decision two days after Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner put his majority stake in the New York-based magazine up for sale.
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'Rolling Stone' Magazine Is Put Up For Sale
NPR - 5 months
Wenner Media, the company founded by Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner, cites a desire "to best position the brand for future growth." (Image credit: Louis Lanzano/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
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'Rolling Stone' Founder Jann Wenner On 50 Years Of Rock And Roll History
NPR - 10 months
When Wenner started Rolling Stone, he says, other publications weren't taking rock and roll seriously. Since then, the magazine has documented five decades of music, politics and culture. (Image credit: Gene Anthony/Wolfgang's Vault/Courtesy of Abrams Books)
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Shuffle: Rolling Stone Magazine's 50 Years On Display At The Rock Hall
NPR - 10 months
The iconic music and pop culture magazine Rolling Stone turns 50 this year. On Friday, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum opens an exhibit that takes music fans through the vast archives of photos and interviews. For this week’s Shuffle, WKSU’s Amanda Rabinowitz talks with Cleveland Scene music writer Jeff Niesel about Rolling Stone Magazine at 50. Rolling Stone Magazine was founded in San Francisco 1967. It was a big year for music, with major releases from bands including The Beatles, The Doors, Jefferson Airplane, Pink Floyd and The Rolling Stones. The publisher The magazine was founded by Jann Wenner . "He was very meticulous about retaining all of the artifacts," Niesel says. "You’ll see the desk in his first office and you’ll see the roach clip that they sent out to the first subscribers as a gift. It was handmade by the guy who would become the art director of the magazine." Interview section "If you’re familiar with the magazine, it became famous for the Rolling Stone
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Facebook Is Finally Taking Action Against Fake News
Huffington Post - about 1 year
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Reporter, Publication Held Liable In Rolling Stone Rape Story Lawsuit
Huffington Post - over 1 year
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,commerc...
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Rolling Stone Defamation Trial Over UVA Rape Story Begins
Huffington Post - over 1 year
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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.
    Wenner received the Norman Mailer Prize in 2010 for his work in the publishing industry.
  • 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.
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  • 2006
    Age 60
    In August 2006, Wenner bought out Disney's share and now owns 100% of the magazine.
    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.
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  • 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.
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  • 2004
    Age 58
    From 2004 to 2006, Wenner contributed approximately $63,000 to Democratic candidates and liberal organizations.
  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 1967
    Age 21
    In 1967, Wenner and Gleason founded Rolling Stone in San Francisco.
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  • 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.
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  • 1963
    Age 17
    He graduated from high school at Chadwick School in 1963 and went on to attend the University of California, Berkeley.
  • 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.
  • 1946
    Age 0
    Born on January 7, 1946.
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