Jann Wenner Apologizes for Saying Black and Female Musicians Aren’t “Articulate” Enough for His New Book

September 17, 2023

Rolling Stone co-founder Jann Wenner has issued an apology following controversial comments he made about Black and female musicians being not “articulate” enough to be included in his new book. The apology came Saturday night, a few hours after the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation announced he was being removed from his position on the board of directors. In an interview with The New York Times — which was published online Friday, to promote his new book, The Masters — Wenner said he didn’t include interviews with Black and female musicians in his book because they aren’t “articulate” enough. However, it does not include any interviews with Black or female musicians. He also is a co-founder of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.