Wenner ousted from Rock Hall of Fame board after comments on black, women musicians

Source: Chicago Sun-Times

“Jann Wenner, who founded Rolling Stone magazine and 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 denigrating [b]lack and female musicians. … Wenner created a firestorm doing publicity for his new book ‘The Masters,’ which features interviews with musicians … all white and male. Asked why he didn’t interview women or [b]lack musicians, Wenner responded: ‘It’s not that they’re inarticulate, although, go have a deep conversation with Grace Slick or Janis Joplin. Please, be my guest. You know, Joni [Mitchell] was not a philosopher of rock ’n’ roll. She didn’t, in my mind, meet that test,’ he told the Times. ‘Of Black artists — you know, Stevie Wonder, genius, right? … I mean, they just didn’t articulate at that level,’ Wenner said.” (09/16/23)