Rolling Stone co-founder Jann Wenner removed from BOD
Rolling Stone magazine
co-founder Jann Wenner was removed from his position on the Rock
& Roll Hall of Fame's board of directors after comments he made
about Black and female artists that were widely criticized, the
hall said in a statement.
In a terse statement, the Cleveland-based Hall of Fame
offered no reason for its move, saying, "Jann Wenner has been
removed from the Board of Directors of the Rock & Roll Hall of
In an interview with the New York Times published on Friday
about his upcoming book titled "The Masters," which consists of
seven interviews Wenner did over his career with musicians
including Mick Jagger and Bob Dylan, he was pressed on why all
seven interviews in the book were with white men.
Wenner, 77, said Black and female musicians were not "as
articulate" as the others he chose to profile.
"For public relations sake, maybe I should have gone and
found one Black and one woman artist to include here that didn't
measure up to that same historical standard, just to avert this
kind of criticism," Wenner, who also co-founded the Rock & Roll
Hall of Fame, said.
He later apologized for the remarks. Wenner could not
immediately be reached for comment on his removal.