"Apparently Rolling Stone is hemorrhaging, I mean hemorrhaging money, and it's only being kept alive because it's Jann Wenner's pet project and because Men's Health is doing so well, all that money goes back into Rolling Stone"- Mark Prindle- 2007
"Rolling Stone Magazine, another fabulous institution, we won't let those institutions ruin us!"- 2005
"In the future rock n roll will become whatever we let it become".- John Lennon- 1970
And so, here we are in 2007 (though its something like 9050 on the Jewish Calendar [and since theyre the chosen people, why dont we follow their numbers]), and some childish people who somehow become influential and powerful are stupider and sadder than ever.
Rolling Stone was founded by Jann Wenner. Among its many crimes against the music it alleges to celebrate (Kids In The Hall reference), the firing of Lester Bangs, the dismissal of The Velvet Underground, the hostility towards the Stooges, reducing all of my generation down to boring ol Kurt Cobain's depressionisms, and a few years back literally copping every single content and formatting idea from Q.
Jann Wenner is also a big wheel at that GREAT rock n roll hall of shame. I've done a few posts previously detailing who they havent inducted, theres plenty of info on the web about the record company politics about who gets in, (ok, one more time, no Stooges or Troggs but yes Fleetwood Mac & David Crosby???) not to mention a lot of it has to do with---->
Jann! At some point around 1968, Our Man in San Fran decided that HE is rock n roll (despite never having created anything) and his definition of who is and who isnt of whats great and what isnt stands sadly to this day. Even though the public has largely abandoned his idiotic confines. Even though disco, heavy metal and most importantly punk blew his favorites to bits. Even though he has essentially ignored all music made after 1974 (except for some rap to prove he loves negroes).
So yes, Jann found out that last year someone nominated the Monkees for the HALL. Jann is attempting to enforce some kinda 1919 Black Sox permanent ban on the boys. Cuz the rolling stones (for instance) allowed themselves to be groomed and primped by a manager, allowed their albums to get fucked up by the record company, hopped around cultural trends they did not originate for as long as they could, totally copped the beatles, oh and in 1964 when they werent raking int he $$$ did a fucking RICE KRISPIES commercial! Cuz bob dylan has...(do i really need to detail dylans prostitution of himself? we all know about his englebert humperdinck-like need to devalue and disgrace his talents, do what he's told, and absolutely follow the crowd [even though he might fuss and complain about it]) well you get the idea.
the point is the monkees are as authentic or talented as bob, mick, jack white or gloria gaynor or rob halford. which means plenty talented. And kinda fulla showbiz bullshit. just a question of what yr willing to accept. and I accept the boys with open arms. cuz their songs, presentation, content and ideas were stunning. They were and are true originals. Thier music holds up much better through the decades than some of the accepted "legends" or "genuises" journalists and fans alike feel obligated to champion.
So, while i normally dont care about the R&RHOS, I went ahead and signed a petition to LET THE MONKEES IN! Their hall of fame isnt the mark of integrity. it shouldnt be a building to honor Jann's grudges. leadbelly was a prostitute. his version of goodnight irene was good though. if you really have integrity yr someone like Ian Mackeye, Mirah, Jello, Greg Ginn etc and work totally outside the system. Otherwise, as they said in Wall Street, you cant get a little bit pregnant.
Jann Wenner and his mag arent rock and roll. We are as important to rock and roll as Keith Richards or anyone else. We're (the audience, the people, whoever) have done more for rock n roll than Jann has. He cant create. All he can do is react. His judgement is a joke.
You know, one final thought- the public vots with their feet and the monkees have sold 65 million albums. thats more people than have bought rolling stone magazine and david crosby or grateful dead records combined. power to the people who actually listen to music to decide what their music and attitudes and loves should reflect.
The link for the petition is here. Sign it if you feel inclined.