LIVING COLOUR Blasts JANN WENNER Over ‘Absurd’ And ‘Insulting’ Comments About Black And Female Artists

LIVING COLOUR has weighed in on current controversial feedback by Rolling Stone journal founder Jann Wenner about black and feminine artists.

In an interview with The New York Instances interview, Wenner stated he had not included any girls in his upcoming guide that includes interviews with legendary rock figures as a result of “none of them have been as articulate sufficient on this mental stage.”

Defending the absence of black artists within the guide, referred to as “The Masters”, Wenner instructed The New York Instances, “I suppose whenever you use a phrase as broad as ‘masters,’ the fault is utilizing that phrase.”

“Possibly Marvin Gaye, or Curtis Mayfield?” the 77-year-old instructed the newspaper. “I imply, they simply did not articulate at that stage.”

Shortly after the interview was revealed, Wenner, who based Rolling Stone in 1967 and served as its editor or editorial director till 2019, was faraway from the board of administrators the Rock And Roll Corridor Of Fame.

Over the weekend, Wenner issued an apology for his statements, acknowledging that he “made feedback that diminished the contributions, genius, and affect of Black and girls artists” and explaining that the interviews in his guide “weren’t meant to signify the entire of music and its numerous and necessary originators however to mirror the excessive factors of my profession and interviews I felt illustrated the breadth and expertise in that profession.”

Earlier at present, LIVING COLOUR, thought-about to be the primary black rock group to draw a big mainstream viewers since SLY AND THE FAMILY STONE within the early Nineteen Seventies, launched the next assertion through social media: “We, the members of LIVING COLOUR, wish to handle Jann Wenner‘s current apology for controversial statements made in assist of his new guide.

“The very thought of a guide referred to as ‘The Masters’, which blatantly omits the important contributions of black, folks of coloration and girls to Rock & Pop Tradition speaks to a a lot bigger and extra systemic downside.

“His New York Instances interview assertion that African American and feminine artists are usually not ‘articulate’ sufficient to precise themselves about their very own work is absurd on its face. For somebody who has chronicled the musical panorama for over 50 years, it’s an insult to these of us who sit on the toes of those ignored geniuses.

“To listen to that he believes Stevie Surprise is not articulate sufficient to precise his ideas on any given topic is kind of frankly, insulting. To listen to that Janis Joplin, Joni Mitchell, Tina Turner, or any of the various Girl artists that he chooses to not point out, are usually not worthy of the standing of ‘Grasp’, smacks of sexist gatekeeping, and exclusionary conduct.

Mr. Werner‘s apology solely solidifies the concept. That his guide is a mirrored image of his worldview means that it’s slim & small certainly”.

“The Masters” options interviews with Bob Dylan, Jerry Garcia, Mick Jagger, John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen, Pete Townshend and U2‘s Bono — all of whom are white and male.

All however one member of the Rock And Roll Corridor Of Fame board of administrators reportedly voted to expel Wenner.

We, the members of Dwelling Color, wish to handle Jann Wenner’s current apology for controversial statements made…

Posted by Living Colour on Monday, September 18, 2023

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