According to the Hollywood Reporter, Jann Wenner, the co-founder and publisher of Rolling Stone magazine , will be stepping down, as chairman of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation in New York.

On September 25th, Wenner announced that he will step down as of January 1st. The co-founder and publisher of Rolling Stone magazine is one of the founding members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and is credited with recruiting the late architect I.M. Pei to create its Cleveland museum.

The 73-year-old Wenner will be replaced by Rock Hall board member John Sykes, the co-founder of MTV and VH1. [Dana’s note: Not to be confused with guitarist John Sykes].

Wenner will remain on the board of directors.

Read more at the Hollywood Reporter.

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  • Dana on

    I wonder if the political elitism of band inductions will change under Chairman Sykes? I have a feeling it will not, but it remains to be seen.

    • genesraccoonwig on

      Kelly Clarkson for RRHOF 2020!!!!!!

    • Dana on

      I happen to LOVE Kelly Clarkson, and think she has way more soul, and rock n’ roll in heart, than some of the many other inductees. But, I get your point. 😉

    • Charles Clinchot on

      At first, when I read the headline, I thought “Yes, someone who knows hard rock and metal.” Then, I saw your blurb…we would do better with Wanda Sykes than this guy

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  • Tyger of Pan Tang on

    Hail and farewell, the arbiter of what gets to be cool and culturally acceptable.

    We can thank him for the unforgettable endorsement Rolling Stone gave of Nirvana as “the Guns and Roses it’s okay to like”.

    Nice job if you can get it.

    • Charles Clinchot on

      Yeah Kelly Clarkson, the only one other than the country girl, who did the stupid idol show, and did very well. Most of the losers are doing better than the winners.

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  • dcinsc7 on

    Yea! Former MTV and VH1 guy. Now Snooki from “Jersey Shore” and every knocked up teenager from “Teen Moms” will be inducted in the Hall of Fame before Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, and Pat Benetar.

  • jeffrey heffernan on

    good bye bye ,this guy has and always will be a hand job.

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