Rolling Stone co-founder Jann Wenner writes about music and life in new memoir – Orange County Register

During his five decades at Rolling Stone, the magazine’s co-founder Jann Wenner wrote hundreds of articles and spent time with some of music’s biggest names – Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, John Lennon and Bob Dylan, to name a few — and politics too, including Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, and Vice President Al Gore.

Speaking about the release of his new memoir, Like a Rolling Stone, Wenner said he looks back on those experiences with fondness and that writing the book has given him a new appreciation for the past 50 years.

“It was fun,” he said in a recent phone interview about the process. “When you do something like that, it means going back in time to remember those things, and you put yourself back into that emotional and physical state so you can describe all the essential details. It made me relive practically every moment of my life and it was a fabulous experience.”

Wenner was born in New York City and grew up in San Francisco, where he co-founded Rolling Stone in 1967 with jazz critic and journalist Ralph J. Gleason. Although Wenner had written for The Daily Californian at UC Berkeley and later Ramparts magazine, he said there wasn’t a publication that wanted to publish the stories he wanted to write, so he started his own. He was 21 years old.

There were bumps along the way, but Wenner said he has no real regrets. Sure, there are a few articles he admits he probably shouldn’t have published that he doesn’t specify, some business ventures that weren’t the best idea at the time, and people he shouldn’t have hired, but “You can’t change anything without changing everything, so I wouldn’t touch it,” he said.

“You realize how everything is connected and how all these things that were happening felt like they came out of nowhere. But in the end you realize how preordained everything was,” he continued. “You can see how it all fits together and how all those pieces were supposed to fit together and that that plan was going on behind the scenes the whole time.”

In the book he writes about how he met some of rock music’s most famous figures and the most powerful figures in politics; He said politicians are definitely harder to interview than musicians.

“It’s hard to talk to them because everything is so pre-tested and they’ve said it like 100 times, so it’s very difficult to get them to say something original or possibly unforeseen,” he said, adding, that his chats with world leaders were “important conversations”. Rolling Stone co-founder Jann Wenner writes about music and life in new memoir – Orange County Register

Dais Johnston

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