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Jann S. Wenner (born 7 January 1946 in New York City) is the owner of Wenner Media and the publisher of several magazines, most prominently the pop music biweekly Rolling Stone. January 7 is the seventh day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... Nickname: Big Apple, Gotham, NYC, City That Never Sleeps, The Concrete Jungle, The City So Nice They Named It Twice Location in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York Boroughs The Bronx Brooklyn Manhattan Queens Staten Island Settled 1613  - Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area    - City... For popular music (music produced commercially rather than art or folk music), see Popular music. ... This article is about the magazine. ...

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Childhood

Wenner's parents divorced when he was young and he was sent to a boarding school to live. There, his parents fought over a custody battle as no one wanted to keep him, something Wenner half-jokes about today. He graduated from high school at Chadwick School in 1964.


Rolling Stone

In 1967, Wenner founded Rolling Stone Magazine together with music critic Ralph J. Gleason in San Francisco with $7500 borrowed from his wife, Jane Wenner's family. Jane Wenner, although separated from Jann, still remains a Vice President at Wenner Media. Wenner stole a list of recording industry contacts ("a mailing list and a corporate name (Straight Arrow Publishing)" [1]) from a nearby radio station and began on his way to the top. 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... Ralph J. Gleason (1917-1975) was an influential American jazz and pop music critic. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... Straight Arrow Press (Straight Arrow Publishing Co. ...


With an eye for talent, Wenner backed the careers of writers Hunter S. Thompson and Tom Wolfe, and discovered photographer Annie Leibovitz, among many others who became icons of their professions. His falling out with writers were legendary, most famous of which would be the breakdown of his relationship with the rock critic Lester Bangs but many of Wenner's prodigies, such as the writer/director Cameron Crowe still credit him for giving them their biggest break. In the 1970s, Rolling Stone shifted its base of operations from San Francisco to New York City when Wenner befriended many celebrities, amongst them most famously Jacqueline Kennedy and John Lennon. This led to criticism of him being a starfucker[2]. Hunter Stockton Thompson (July 18, 1937 – February 20, 2005) was an American journalist and author. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Leibovitzs portrait of John Lennon and Yoko Ono. ... Lester Bangs during an interview Leslie Conway Bangs (December 14, 1948 – April 30, 1982) was an American music journalist, author and musician. ... Cameron Crowe Cameron Bruce Crowe (born July 13, 1957) is an American writer and film director. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... Nickname: Big Apple, Gotham, NYC, City That Never Sleeps, The Concrete Jungle, The City So Nice They Named It Twice Location in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York Boroughs The Bronx Brooklyn Manhattan Queens Staten Island Settled 1613  - Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area    - City... First official White House portrait. ... John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980), (born John Winston Lennon, known as John Ono Lennon) was an iconic English 20th century rock and roll songwriter and singer, best known as the founding member of The Beatles. ...


Rolling Stone's circulation dipped briefly in the late 1970s/ early 1980s as Wenner's crew was slow to cover the emergence of punk rock and again in the 1990s, when the middle-aged magazine lost ground to Spin Magazine and Blender (magazine) in coverage of hip-hop. Wenner hired former FHM editor Ed Needham, who was then replaced by Will Dana to turn his flagship magazine around, and by 2006, Rolling Stone's circulation was at an all-high of 1.5 million copies sold every fortnight. In May 2006, Rolling Stone published its 1000th edition. Punk rock is an anti-establishment music movement beginning around 1976 (although precursors can be found several years earlier), exemplified and popularised by The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. ... Spin is a music magazine that reports on all the music that rocks. Founded in 1985 by publisher Bob Guccione, Jr. ... Blender is an American magazine that bills itself as the ultimate guide to music and more. ... May 2006 : ← - January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December- → May 1, 2006 (Monday) Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association outraged Vatican by planning to ordain another bishop, Liu Xinhong in Anhui Province. ...


Wenner has also had a hand in the writing of many of Rolling Stone's famous profiles. More recently however, his writing has been politically-centred, he covered Bill Clinton, Al Gore and John Kerry for RS during their election campaigns and in November 2005 had a major interview with U2 rockstar Bono which glossed over music and politics. The November 3 article went on to win many journalism awards that year. William Jefferson Bill Clinton (born William Jefferson Blythe III[1] on August 19, 1946) was the 42nd President of the United States, serving from 1993 to 2001. ... Albert Arnold Gore, Jr. ... Al Gore (born December 11, 1943) is a Vietnam Veteran and the junior United States Senator from Massachusetts. ... This article is about the Irish rock band. ... This article or section may be confusing or unclear for some readers, and should be edited to rectify this. ...


Rolling Stone and Jann Wenner are chronicalized in two books, Gone Crazy and Back Again as well as An Uncensored History of Rolling Stone Magazine. Former Rolling Stone journalist and Wenner protege David Weir is working on a biography. [1] David Weir is a journalist whos written for The Economist, HotWired, L.A. Weekly, Mother Jones, The Nation, New West, New York Magazine, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Salon. ...


Other

Wenner is also the publisher of Us, a celebrity magazine, and Men's Journal, a fitness magazine. He is currently married and has three children, although in the 1990s it was reported that he had moved in with fashion designer Matt Nye. It has also been reported that he and Matt Nye just had a baby boy together via surrogate, Noah Jaspar Nye Wenner [3]. Us is a weekly American magazine dedicated to celebrities. ... Mens Journal Mens Journal is an American magazine founded in 1992 that caters to 25 to 49 year-old men. ... This article is 150 kilobytes or more in size. ...


In the mid 1990s, Wenner was offered a chance by Marc Andreessen to invest in Netscape but turned it down. Plaque commemorating the creation of Mosaic web browser by Bina and Andreessen, new NCSA building, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. ... Netscape Communications Corporation (commonly known as Netscape), was an American computer services company, best known for its web browser. ...


In 1985, he appeared in the movie Perfect with Jamie Lee Curtis and John Travolta. He also had a cameo role in Cameron Crowe's 2000 movie Almost Famous. Jamie Lee Curtis (born November 22, 1958) is a Golden Globe-winning American film actress and a successful writer of books for children. ... John Joseph Travolta (born February 18, 1954) is an American actor, singer, entertainer and airplane pilot. ... Cameron Crowe Cameron Bruce Crowe (born July 13, 1957) is an American writer and film director. ... Almost Famous is a film written and directed by Cameron Crowe and released in 2000. ...


In 2005, Wenner was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the Lifetime Achievement category. He is also the founder of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at sunset. ... The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at sunset. ...


References

  1. ^ http://communication.stanford.edu/faculty/weir.html

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Salon.com People | Wenner's world (1181 words)
Wenner was, to put it plainly, the star-fucker who always traded up -- the ultimate name-dropper who finally became a bigger name in the tabs than many of the stars he worshiped.
Jann's long, strange trip here, to the center of his own conspicuous universe, began a continent away and three decades ago, in a rundown warehouse in the old printer's district in San Francisco's South of Market area, a few short gestational months after the Haight-Ashbury's Summer of Love in 1967.
Wenner's mentor in this new world of publishing was an older music critic named Ralph Gleason; most of the money for the risky venture came from the family of his wife, Jane Schindelheim Wenner, a dark-haired, fine-boned beauty who was rarely seen at the magazine, but whose presence was always felt in its formative years.
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The 1,000th issue is a milestone for Wenner, who starting publishing RS on cheap newsprint from a loft in San Francisco, thanks to a small loan from his future wife's parents.
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