WASHINGTON, Sept 17 (Reuters) – Rolling Stone magazine co-founder Jann Wenner has been removed from his position on the board of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame after comments about black and female artists that were widely criticized. declaration.
The Cleveland-based Hall of Fame offered no reason for its move in a brief statement, saying: “Jann Wenner has been removed from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation Board of Directors.”
In an Conversation with the New York Times reporting on Friday about his upcoming book, titled “The Masters,” which consists of seven interviews Wenner has done throughout his career with musicians including Mick Jagger and Bob Dylan, he was pressed as to why all seven the interviews in the book were with white men.
Wenner, 77, said black and female musicians were not “as articulate” as others he chose to profile.
“In the interest of public relations, maybe I should have gone and found one black artist and one female artist to put on here that didn’t meet the same historical standard, just to prevent that kind of criticism,” said Wenner, who is also a co-founder of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame , he said.
He later apologized for the remarks. Wenner could not immediately be reached for comment on his removal.
Reporting by Hannah Lang in Washington; Editing by Scott Malone and Sandra Maler
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