Friedman: Ahmet Ertegun Was The Only Person Who Could Control Jann Wenner


Earlier in the week Fox 411 reporter Roger Friedman called for a boycott of Rolling Stone magazine. In actuality, RS has been stumbling in the dark, clueless, without a whiff of street cred after they tactlessly sponsored their corporate ”Family Day (Averted Gaze)” in Washington Square Park in 1998, effectively kicking out the annual pro-marijuana rally.

Anyhoo: Friedman argues that since the death of the sainted Ahmet Ertegun, Jann has been acting like the temperamental and selfish Baby Boomer that he is. Handling rock stars and bratty boomers were, to be sure, Ertegun’s specialty. From Fox 411:

”Last year, in a story reported by this column exclusively, Wenner threw out a vote in which the classic British invasion group Dave Clark Five was voted in and changed it for another round that favored rappers Grandmaster Flash.

”As one insider from the Hall has maintained, ‘Once Ahmet Ertegun died, Jann felt like he could run wild.’ The legendary co-founder of Atlantic Records was considered the only person who could control Wenner. He died in 2006.”

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