Jann Wenner

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Jann Wenner  (born January 7, 1946) is the co-founder and publisher of the popular culture biweekly Rolling Stone, as well as the current owner of Men's Journal and Us Weekly magazines.  (More from Wikipedia)

Greg Shaw began as an amateur journalist and wrote hundreds of newsletters and fanzines early in life; many revolved around science fiction and the work of Lord of the Rings author J. R. R. Tolkien, but they also included one of the earliest rock magazines that Shaw started in 1966 with David Harris, called Mojo Navigator Rock and Roll News.  The magazine was said to be an inspiration for Rolling Stone magazine; Greg Shaw wrote for Rolling Stone also, but he and RS founder Jann Wenner apparently didn't get along that well. 


(May 2013)


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As with the songwriting teams that I wrote about last month, early on writing the music and writing the lyrics were handled separately.  From Wikipedia:  "One of the patterns that the Jagger/Richards collaboration initially followed has been that [Mick] Jagger  wrote most of the lyrics while [Keith] Richards focused on the music.  Jagger discussed this in [a] 1995 interview with [Jann Wenner], whereby he explained how songs like 'Get off of My Cloud', 'As Tears Go By', 'Wild Horses', 'Tumbling Dice', and 'Beast of Burden' were created.  Jagger has also pointed out that this pattern was more prevalent in the early 1960's, while in their later collaborations their roles have overlapped more, with both of them contributing lyrics and music." 


As with Lennon/McCartney, additionally some of the songs were written only by Mick Jagger, and others only by Keith Richards.  Wikipedia gives as examples that Mick Jagger wrote "Sympathy for the Devil" and "Brown Sugar", and that Keith Richards wrote "Happy", "Ruby Tuesday", and "Little T&A".  In the same 1995 interview mentioned above, Mick Jagger said:  "I think in the end it all balances out." 


(May 2015)


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