Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Amazon Labels Jann Wenner’s “Masters” Book a Best Seller, But it’s Number 9,441 on Their Charts


Well, this is a learning moment.

Amazon has labelled Jann Wenner’s new book, “The Masters,” a best seller. That would imply maybe top 20 or 30 on their list, right?

But two days after publication, “The Masters” in hardcover is number 9,411. The Kindle version is well over 79,000.

It’s pretty clear this book is NOT a best seller. It’s not selling at all from the looks of those numbers.

Wenner killed the book’s sales two weeks ago when he belittled Black and female music artists, saying they weren’t articulate enough to be interviewed by him. “The Masters” has interviews with John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen, Bono, etc.

Wenner was summarily cancelled by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and by Rolling Stone. Today it was announced that HBO would not be broadcasting the Rock Hall show, as they’ve done for years. The show has moved to Disney Plus, where it will be watched live with a subscription. There will be a delayed one hour special on January 1st on ABC, guaranteeing no one will watch it.

But how could that book be a best seller? And if that’s a best seller, what about the book at number 9,440?

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
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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