Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Jann Wenner Book “The Masters” Debuts on Amazon Best Seller List at Number 6,769 After Disastrous Interview

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Jann Wenner’s new book is officially DOA.

“The Masters” debuts today on amazon’s hardcover bestseller list at number 6,769.

At one point before Wenner’s disastrous interview with the New York Times, presales had the book up to around 1,400. A promotional tour was planned and Rolling Stone would have plugged it certainly.

But all possibility of success ended when Wenner told a Times interviewer, David Marchese ,that he included no female or Black artists because they weren’t articulate enough — and basically didn’t matter.

The result was cancelling of the promo tour, being ousted from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame board, and denounced by Rolling Stone.

Wenner said in the interview when asked about the lack of Blacks and women in the book: “The people had to meet a couple criteria, but it was just kind of my personal interest and love of them. Insofar as the women, just none of them were as articulate enough on this intellectual level.”

You can read the whole thing here.

It’s sad end to a career, and even sadder for Little, Brown, which could never have predicted this outcome.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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