Jann Wenner

by Amy Michelle Smith Photographed by Jann Wenner==RIVERKEEPER FISHERMAN'S BALL==Pier 60 at Chelsea Piers, New York==April 13, 2011==©Patrick McMullan==Photo-JIMI CELESTE/patrickmcmullan.com====
Monday, June 20, 2011

Over 40 years ago, Jann S. Wenner changed American culture when he dropped out of the University of California Berkeley and started the quirky rock-music-oriented biweekly called Rolling Stone. In1967, Wenner then moved it to New York in 1977, and there have been bumps, fade-outs and moments of glory ever since. Today, Rolling tone remains at the forefront of American journalism. With 12 million readers, it has become the ultimate source for music information and popular-culture trends. Along the way, Wenner also added Us Weekly and Outside magazine to his portfolio. Some thought Rolling Stone had become irrelevant, but this year’s profile of the loose-tongued General Stanley McChrystal was a reminder of just how mighty the pen can be. When McChrystal let fly his criticisms of his higher-ups in the Obama administration to Rolling Stone reporter Michael Hastings, it was a game-changer for the president and the war. With over 27 million readers of his company’s three titles, Wenner’s success in the publishing world has been acknowledged through awards such as one of the younget members of American Society of Magazine Editors’ (ASME) Hall of Fame, named publishing Executive of the Year by Adweek, a leading industry trade publication, and by hi induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with a Lifetime Achievement Award in the non-performer category.


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