These two incidents severely strained the relationship between the author and the magazine, and Thompson contributed far less to the publication in later years. In May 2006, Rolling Stone published its 1000th edition with a holographic, 3-D cover modeled on The Beatles' Sgt. 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. Tork believes Wenner doesn't like the fact that The Monkees, who were originally cast as actors for a TV sitcom, didn't play their own instruments on their first two records. As a publisher and media figure, he has faced controversy regarding Hall of Fame eligibility favoritism, the breakdown of his relationship with gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson, and criticism that his magazine's reviews were biased. ), In 1985, he produced and appeared as himself in the movie, In the fall of 2007, Wenner published an oral biography of, In March 2014, it was announced that the publisher, This page was last edited on 27 November 2020, at 17:22. [3], Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Wenner played an integral role in popularizing writers such as Hunter S. Thompson, Ben Fong-Torres, Paul Nelson, Greil Marcus, Dave Marsh, Grover Lewis, Timothy Crouse, Timothy Ferris, Joe Klein, Cameron Crowe, Joe Eszterhas and P.J. Jann Simon Wenner (born January 7, 1946) is an American magazine magnate who is the co-founder and publisher of the popular culture magazine Rolling Stone, and former owner of Men's Journal magazine. Wenner pulled DeRogatis' review from the magazine. [16], From 2004 to 2006, Wenner contributed approximately $63,000 to Democratic candidates and liberal organizations.[17]. [7], In 1967, Wenner and Gleason founded Rolling Stone magazine in San Francisco. In September 2016, Advertising Age reported that Wenner was in the process of selling a 49% stake of Rolling Stone to a company from Singapore called BandLab Technologies. O'Rourke. [11] Wenner's interview with Bono received a National Magazine Award nomination. [19] That share was bought by Penske Media Corporation, who later acquired the remaining stake from BandLab.[20]. The publisher of Variety now owns a 51% of the legacy brand Jann Wenner is selling a stake in Rolling Stone magazine to Penske Media, but staying on board as editorial director. Former Rolling Stone journalist David Weir is working on a biography,[12] as is poet and Beat historian Lewis MacAdams. To get the magazine started, Wenner borrowed $7,500 from family members and from the family of his soon-to-be wife, Jane Schindelheim. [18] In October 2016, Wenner started publishing Glixel, a video games-based website. He also discovered photographer Annie Leibovitz when she was a 21-year-old San Francisco Art Institute student. 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. Fans and supporters of several artists have placed a large amount of blame on Wenner for keeping them out of the Hall of Fame. Since taking control of Rolling Stone in late 2017, P.M.C. She and Wenner have three sons, Alexander Jann, Theodore "Theo" Simon, and Edward Augustus, known as Gus, head of Wenner Media's digital operations. 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Wenner fired DeRogatis the next day. It is an abuse of power. Thompson's story about the fall of Saigon would not be published in Rolling Stone until ten years later. Many of Wenner's proteges, such as Crowe, credit him with giving them their biggest breaks. [6], 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. [5], His parents divorced in 1958, and he and his sisters, Kate and Merlyn, were sent to boarding schools. He feels his moral judgment in 1967 and 1968 is supposed to serve in 2007. Later in his career, Wenner co-founded the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and has founded other publications. [13] Robin Green's memoir The Only Girl covers the time she worked at Rolling Stone. [22], Wenner fired rock critic Jim DeRogatis in 1996 after DeRogatis published a negative review for an album by the then-popular band Hootie and the Blowfish.