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Rolling Stone Moves Beyond the Fray
By RAVI SOMAIYAAUG. 23, 2015
Gus Wenner is 25, not much older than his father, Jann S. Wenner, was when he started Rolling Stone in 1967.
His office at the magazine’s headquarters in Manhattan, where he oversees the digital side of his father’s company, Wenner Media, is decorated with pieces of Rolling Stone’s illustrious history: a black-and-white picture of his mother and father, young and hopeful; a sketch by Ralph Steadman, whose distinctive illustrations accompanied the work of one of the magazine’s most famous writers, Hunter S. Thompson; a book about the late ’60s in the Haight, the area of San Francisco that nurtured a counterculture so powerful that it became mainstream culture, often via the pages of Rolling Stone.
But the publishing world has undergone another revolution, this time technological. And the magazine finds itself at a precipitous moment. Jann Wenner, 69, who has overseen, to some extent, every issue since its founding, is gradually handing over the operation to his son. The longtime managing editor, Will Dana, was replaced this month in the aftermath of a devastating hit to Rolling Stone’s journalistic reputation: a flawed report on an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia that was soon discredited.
Etiquetas: eng, New York Times, Rolling Stone