Rolling Stone co-founder Jann Wenner removed from Rock Hall leadership after controversial comments

September 17, 2023

NEW YORK (AP) — Jann Wenner, who co-founded Rolling Stone magazine and also was a co-founder of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, has been removed from the hall’s board of directors after making comments that were seen as disparaging toward Black and female musicians. “Jann Wenner has been removed from the Board of Directors of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation,” the hall said Saturday, a day after Wenner’s comments were published in a New York Times interview. Asked why he didn’t interview women or Black musicians, Wenner responded: “It’s not that they’re inarticulate, although, go have a deep conversation with Grace Slick or Janis Joplin. You know, Joni (Mitchell) was not a philosopher of rock ’n’ roll. He also co-founded the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, which was launched in 1987.