Happy birthday to Rolling Stone magazine co-founder Jann Wenner, who turns 75 today (January 7th)!!! In 1967, Wenner and his mentor, music journalist Ralph J. Gleason, founded the magazine in San Francisco and over the course of the ensuing decades, Wenner built the magazine into the cultural hot spot for all news regarding music, politics, film, literature, and journalism — turning Rolling Stone into an internationally recognized brand.
Wenner, who co-founded The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, retired from the institution in 2020. His tenure as the vice-chairman of The Hall wasn’t without criticism. Critics and fans have long blamed Wenner’s personal tastes and professional relationships for being the cause for certain acts being allowed on the annual induction ballot.
In 2017, Jann Wenner sold 49 percent of Rolling Stone magazine to the music social media group, BandLab. Since its launch in 1967, Wenner had never taken on a financial partner until then. In 2019 Penske had acquired BandLab’s 49 percent stake in Rolling Stone as well as Wenner Media’s 49 percent, gaining full ownership of the magazine.
CHECK IT OUT: Ahmet Ertegun & Mick Jagger in 2004 inducting Jann Wenner into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame:
CHECK IT OUT:Jann Wenner in 2017 talking about Rolling Stone on CBS This Morning: