Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Jann Wenner and Ralph Gleason


Today we celebrate Jann Wenner and Ralph Gleason for their 1967 creation - Rolling Stone magazine. Rolling Stone is a magazine founded in San Francisco, now based in New York, NY, that is devoted to pop culture, music, and politics.

Wenner is credited with the financial backing for the founding of the magazine in 1967. The story goes that Wenner borrowed an estimated $7000 from future in-laws to cover start-up costs. Together with music critic Ralph Gleason, Wenner published what turned out to be a gold mine. Rolling Stone magazine hit the scene in the midst of a cultural and musical revolution.


Through the 1970s Rolling stone introduced us to many, now iconic, individuals, including: journalist Hunter S. Thompson, photographer Annie Leibovitz, and many rockstars before they made a name for themselves. Thanks to Gleason's excellent nose for musical talent, Rolling Stone was the first to acknowledge the importance of the work of such musicians as Lenny Bruce, Bob Dylan, and Miles Davis.

Neither Wenner nor Gleason stopped there. Gleason is also well know for having co-founded the Monterey Jazz Festival in 1958. The festival still runs yearly in Monterey, California, attracting the biggest names in Jazz as well as thousands of spectators. Wenner, on the other hand, has continued to expand his publications. Since Rolling Stone, he has founded, co-founded, and published other now-well-known titles such as: Outside magazine, Men's Journal, and US Weekly. Wenner also co-founded the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1983, an institute to which he was later inducted in 1997.

Sources:

Wikipedia: J. Wenner, R. Gleason
and Rolling Stone
RollingStone.com

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