Jann Wenner co-founded Rolling Stone In 1967. Penske Media bought it in 2017 for more than $100 million. In the same year, he received a scholarship. accused of sexual assault Former employees. Recently, he has written the book The MastersThis month, the publication is planned.
In a recent interview with The New York Times That has gone viral. He clumsily explained the why. The MastersThe interviews are mainly with white men. David Marchese asked, “In the introduction, you acknowledge that performers of color and women performers are just not in your zeitgeist. This is, in my opinion, not plausible for Jann Werer. Janis Joplin, Joni Mitchell, Stevie Nicks, Stevie Wonder, the list keeps going — not in your zeitgeist? What do you think is the deeper explanation for why you interviewed the subjects you interviewed and not other subjects?”
Wenner replied, “When I was referring to the zeitgeist, I was referring to Black performers, not to the female performers, OK? To be clear. The choice was not made deliberately. The selection was not deliberate; it happened intuitively over time. People had to meet certain criteria, but I chose them because of my love for them and interest in their lives. Insofar as the women, just none of them were as articulate enough on this intellectual level.”
He claimed, “Joni was not a philosopher of rock ‘n’ roll. She didn’t, in my mind, meet that test. She didn’t meet that test, in my opinion. The people I interviewed were the kind of philosophers of rock,” he said. “Of Black artists — you know, Stevie Wonder, genius, right? I suppose when you use a word as broad as ‘masters,’ the fault is using that word. Maybe Curtis Mayfield or Marvin Gaye? I mean, they just didn’t articulate at that level.”
Below, you can see the social media buzz this has caused. Wenner has more to say about the topic. Check out the complete interview. here.
Why poptimism happened: read this wild NYT Jann Wenner Q&A, in which JW argues that Black & women artists aren’t as “articulate on an intellectual level” as white male rockers. Poptimism was an attempt to correct a critical consensus which favored white guitar-wielding dudes above all other artists. pic.twitter.com/ftdNsFqgjC
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