Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner accused of sexual assault by former staffer

Jonathan Wells says Wenner sexually assaulted him at his home in 1983 Reid Nakamura, provided by Published 3:52 pm, Friday, December 29, 2017 window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-5', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 5', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-10', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 10', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-15', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 15', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-20', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 20', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-25', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 25', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-30', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 30', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-35', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 35', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-40', Continue Reading

Penske hopes to make Rolling Stone cool with millennials

Jay Penske dined with Gus Wenner and Jann Wenner at The Pool — formerly part of the fabled Four Seasons Restaurant — inside the Seagram Building on Wednesday night to celebrate the $51 million deal that gave him controlling interest in Rolling Stone. Penske told Media Ink he has no sneaky plans to drop print as he has done at some other titles post-acquisition at Penske Media. “We are absolutely staying in print,” he said. In the offering document circulated by Methuselah Advisors, it said a new owner could chop costs by going to monthly frequency — but Penske said that’s all to be decided. “We’ll sit down after the first of the year and figure out the frequency whether it’s weekly or bi-weekly or monthly,” he explained. “We’ll definitely be hiring more editorial people,” he said. When the partying is over, questions will remain about how Penske — whose Penske Media owns Women’s Wear Daily, Variety, Hollywood Life, Deadline and the ultra-luxury title The Robb Report — will rejuvenate a brand that had great appeal to the baby boom generation but has lost a lot of its luster in recent years. “I don’t know what the brand means to anyone under 30,” said one media executive. “There was a time when Rolling Stone was a singular influence in making or breaking a band. Now kids are looking to Pitchfork or Fader or other outlets on their phones.” Sid Holt, a former managing editor at Rolling Stone, said his advice is: “Forget the baby boomers ever existed.” The structure of the deal was unusual, according to sources close to the situation. Penske paid $51 million to buy a majority control of the 51 percent of the company that Jann Wenner owned. He and his family will keep a minority equity interest going forward. Wenner had already sold a 49 percent stake to Singapore-based BandLab for $40 million in September 2016 — which means the Continue Reading

Rolling Stones to rolling hills: Naples wine fest offers diverse auction lots

Apparently wine and rock 'n' roll do mix.That's the belief of organizers for the Naples Winter Wine Festival, who earlier this week announced a few of their 2018 auction lot items. The top lot so far is titled Silver Oak Cellars, which includes a private dinner for 24 people at either Silver Oak Winery in Napa, California, or at the winning bidder's home in Naples. It will feature one of the last 6-liter bottles of the 1989 Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, followed by a live piano performance by Chuck Leavell of The Allman Brothers and The Rolling Stones.The wine festival is Jan. 26-28 in Naples.  More: California wildfires could affect vintners' participation in SWFL wine festivals More: Naples Winter Wine Festival announces 2018 chef, vintner, sommelier lineup More: Gary Danko, Silver Oak Winery owners honored pros for 2018 Naples Winter Wine FestivalOther auction lots highlighted: Chickamauga Battlefield Experience: Two couples will spend three nights at The Dwell Hotel in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and one night on 2018 co-chairs Becky & Lewie Card’s houseboat for a cruise along the Tennessee River. Couples will enjoy a cocktail party at Jack Hatcher’s plantation, a Civil War historical tour led by Jim Ogden, Chief Historian for the National Park Service and a Chickamauga expert. Dinners with wine pairings at Fairyland Club and Alleia Restaurant, and golf at Chattanooga Golf & Country Club.Lakani World Tours: Eighteen-night VIP private jet trip around the world starting in Hong Kong, then flying to Malaysia, Reunion Island, South Africa, Cyprus and Spain. One lucky couple will travel first class to Hong Kong and from Costa del Sol, Spain, with luxury suite accommodations in all six destinations.Musique et Vin: Four VIP tickets to the soldout 2018 Musique et Vin in Beaune in  Burgundy, France, with intimate dinners with worldwide Burgundy collectors, private Continue Reading

‘Not Journalism, But Vandalism’: Gutfeld Slams Rolling Stone Article

Greg Gutfeld tonight sounded off following the news that the Rolling Stone’s Sabrina Rubin Erdely is reportedly “re-reporting” her controversial UVA rape story. “Call me crazy, but I think it might be better having someone else re-do this story,” Gutfeld said. “This is like letting a chef have another shot at dinner after giving the whole restaurant the runs. This is like letting a babysitter watch one of your kids after she traded the other one for pot. This is like giving Al Sharpton a TV show after Tawana Brawley.” Gutfeld charged Erdely with reverse engineering her story to fit her bias. “Her article wasn’t journalism, but vandalism. She wanted to smear an institution, but instead smeared everyone, including herself,” he said. Watch the full monologue above. Continue Reading

Time is on grandpa Mick Jagger’s side as the Rolling Stone marks his 71st birthday

Mick Jagger is finding satisfaction with his kids and grandkids. The Rolling Stone, now 71, celebrated his birthday Saturday night with an intimate friends-and-family bash on the roof of SoHo’s James Hotel. “They got in from a warehouse and went upstairs very discreetly,” said one insider, who tells us the bash started about 9 p.m. Earlier in the day, Jagger had a celebratory lunch at a Midtown restaurant. We’re told Martin Scorsese, who is making an HBO special with Jagger, was one of few celebs on hand when a “Happy Birthday Mick” cake was brought out. Jagger’s sons Lucas and James were there along with daughters Georgia May and Lizzy and several of his grandkids. “He looked very happy,” said one witness. Birthday boy Jagger has been celebrating another singer in recent days. He produced the new James Brown biopic, “Get on Up,” which opens nationwide on Friday. FRANCO TURNS SELFIE-ISH Surely there’s no one better for giving lessons in social media prowess than James Franco. While stopping by “The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon,” the “Palo Alto” star, who just finished his run in Broadway’s “Of Mice and Men,” showed Fallon all the ways that selfies can go wrong. These tutorials included the “Too Close Selfie” and the “Horrible High Angle Selfie.” PARKER IS VEGAS’ BIG DEAL It’s good to be on top. World champion, new dad and soon to be married San Antonio ball handler Tony Parker spent Saturday night celebrating at Hakkasan Las Vegas. According to a Sin City insider, the French superstar was on the winning end of “full VIP treatment,” as cocktails and Champagne flowed during his big boy’s night. Parker was also seen partying poolside at the Cosmopolitan Hotel over the weekend. He’ll soon wed Continue Reading

Karmin, with Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan, are still ‘in shock’ over landing Rolling Stone cover

Every band aspires to make the cover of Rolling Stone. But quirky pop duo Karmin has fittingly found its way to the magazine’s rarely utilized back cover (where ads usually run) in a special issue hitting newsstands Friday. Karmin — which won the “Women Who Rock 2012” readers poll — actually consists of an engaged couple. “It’s a female-led band,” explains 26-year-old Nick Noonan, referring to singer Amy Heidemann. He joked that he toned his thighs and wore heels to help make it happen. “We’re still sort of in shock over it,” Heidemann, who’s two days Noonan’s junior, tells [email protected] of the magazine honor. Rolling Stone and Garnier Fructis kicked off the contest in late June. When it concluded not quite three months later, nearly a million online voters had given Karmin the nod over five other candidates, including Jay-Z protégée Rita Ora, who finished second. Debra L Rothenberg for New York Daily News Pop duo Karmin perform live on 'Good Morning America's' Concert Series from Central Park. “Growing up playing music, that’s a bucket-list thing — being on Rolling Stone,” says Noonan. It’s been a bucket-list year for the sugary pop band. Riding a wave of super-viral YouTube success in which more than 200 million fans saw their videos last year, Karmin was booked on “Saturday Night Live” in February. That performance came a few weeks after fellow DIY Internet sensation Lana Del Rey bombed on the live program. “That was on our minds leading up to the show. That’s all that anybody was talking about, and we were the next new act, so we were like, well, here we go!” recalls Noonan. “We felt like underdogs,” says Heidemann. “That night was landmark for us.” She also says the band is working to complete their first full CD toward the end of this year or in early 2013. Karmin Continue Reading

Life’s been good for Jo Wood since her split with Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood

The ex-wife of Rolling Stones rocker Ronnie Wood has had the time of her life since her hubby left her for a younger woman. Speaking exclusively to [email protected], ahead of the release Tuesday of her explosive tell-all, “It’s Only Rock ’n’ Roll: 30 Years Married to a Rolling Stone,” Jo Wood says collapse of her marriage in 2008 was the best thing that could have happened to her. “It has been so good for me because you live in their shadow and I really lived in Ronnie’s shadow. For me to step out of the marriage and find myself again and be the girl that I used to be has been great,” she told us from London. “It taught me it was ‘time to grow up, Jo’. I think through that I grew more as a woman. I had never actually lived on my own ever and been on my own, and it just killed me the loneliness at first, but now I love my own company and being at home on my own.” The memoir tells how Ronnie brought his then 19-year-old Russian girlfriend, Katia Ivanova, to the family home before Jo was aware he was having an affair. “I was staring at her thinking, surely my husband’s not sleeping with this… child,” Jo recalls. The book details Ronnie’s years of drug abuse and how he handed Jo’s mom a spliff while they were on holidays and she began “laying into him about how bad it was,” and then threw it in the swimming pool. Jo, who now runs her own business, says she still gets jealous when the Rolling Stones are on tour. “I loved going on tour. I just loved that whole thing of going on tour. You become a big family on tour because you live with everybody all the time,” Jo recalls. The 58-year-old author says she rarely sees Ronnie but is still close to Keith Richards and went on vacation with him earlier this year. Jo says that seeing Ronnie was difficult right after their split, but that’s changed. “It was Continue Reading

Rolling Stones’ 30 best singles

It's the 50th anniversary of the Rolling Stones releasing "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction)," a single whose opening riff alone would be enough to put Keith Richards in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. And that's before Mick Jagger grabs the mike demanding satisfaction (which rhymes with girl reaction) while letting you know how much everyone else is just bringing him down, from the man on the radio with his useless information to the laundry ad about how white his shirts can be. It's a brilliant performance and a revolutionary moment in the history of rock and roll, its power undiminished by the passing decades.To mark the occasion, here's one man's unabashedly subjective ranking of the Stones' best singles. These are songs that were actual singles in the U.K. or the States. No album tracks. That's why such undisputed classics as "Sympathy for the Devil," "Gimme Shelter," "You Can't Always Get What You Want," "Under My Thumb" and "2000 Light Years From Home" are nowhere to be found here.Everyone who likes the Stones will obviously have a vastly different list from every other Stones fan in the world. This is actually a good thing. So feel free to disagree with "Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadow?" in the Top 10. I know it's an odd choice (but I like it). 30. "It's Only Rock and Roll (But I Like It)" (1974)As rock-and-roll mission statements go, "I know it's only rock and roll but I like it" is right up there with the best of them. And the opening line is classic Stones: "If I could stick my pen in my heart and spill it all over the stage/Would it satisfy ya/Would it slide on by ya/Would you think the boy is strange?" The inspiration for those lyrics, according to Jagger, was people, especially critics, comparing their new stuff unfavorably to past accomplishments. But this one holds up fine to past accomplishments. 29. "Brown Sugar" (1971)A lot of people would have put this single higher. I would, too, if I could get behind the lyrics. No one Continue Reading

Ladies go wild for Larry David at Rolling Stone bash – even with Alexander Skarsgard in the room

Larry David was pret-tay, pret-tay bored with Miss New York on Wednesday night. The curmudgeonly "Curb Your Enthusiasm" star engaged in a conversation with the recently crowned Kaitlin Monte that didn't even meet the minimum requirements for small talk at Rolling Stone magazine's party to benefit Music Unites. As David waited to be escorted to the VIP area of the Empire Hotel's rooftop party space, an eavesdropper overheard him ask the beauty queen, "So, what's your talent?" "Singing," Monte replied, but, according to our source, David had already lost interest. Perhaps it's because so many beautiful women wanted a piece of him that night. David proved to be a more popular draw with the ladies than "True Blood" hunk Alexander Skarsgard, who also made an appearance. A bevy of beauties clamored for the 64-year-old David's attention, shouting "L.D.! L.D.!" in hopes that he'd take a photo with them. Despite not being a fan of the stop-and-chat, David stayed long enough to drink a single club soda and to briskly greet a number of fans. Monte left sooner than expected, too, thanks to the unruly behavior of her entourage. After they ignored the organizers' requests to stop getting in the way of photographers on the red carpet, security escorted the upstate New York native and her friends out of the Garnier Fructis-sponsored event. Seal slips! Singer rushed to hospital after fall Busted Seal? Word trickling out of Ibiza, Spain, is that the "Fly Like an Eagle" singer fell like a stone- and cracked his head - during an accidental, late-night fall at the home of international deejay Pete Tong late last month. Our source says that after Seal's July 29 performance at Lio, an elegant waterfront nightclub that opened there in June, the singer headed to a party at Tong's home on Spain's isle of the uninhibited. There, we're told, he slipped and injured his head seriously enough that an ambulance had to be called to take him to the hospital. Although Seal and Continue Reading

Harlem’s Beverly Smith, former Vibe, Rolling Stone exec, hosts invitation-only ‘Dinner with Bevy’

Harlem's Beverly Smith has been bringing people together for as long as she can remember. It's what she does best, she said, but she didn't always realize it. "I didn't know it was something you could be paid to do," said Smith, a former Rolling Stone fashion advertising director and Vibe Magazine fashion editor-at-large. "It's a gift that I really didn't know that I had," said the self-proclaimed "gal about town." For the last three years, Smith - known affectionately as "Bevy" - has been hosting "Dinner with Bevy." The exclusive invitation-only sit-down dinners are an opportunity to bring together movers and shakers from across entertainment, fashion and media. She's hosted intimate dinners for CNN's Soledad O'Brien, singer Chris Brown and actor Terrence Howard. On June 18, she hosted "Brunch with Bevy" at Harlem's Red Rooster restaurant to celebrate CNN anchor Don Lemon's new book, "Transparency." The guest list at the Belvedere Bloody Mary-sponsored event included Oprah's best pal, Gayle King; Alvin Ailey's Judith Jamison; and Thelma Golden, director of the Studio Museum in Harlem. Smith insisted her events are not stuffy business card exchange forums, and considers the environment she creates to be "organic. "It's not networking," said Smith, 44. "It's just people sitting down, getting to know one other...I want them to walk away with feeling they met some really amazing people." And she certainly sets a warm and inviting tone.She greets her guests personally with a big smile, and kisses for both cheeks - while holding onto her cocktail of course.Then, she stands in front of the intimate crowd before declaring: "I'm Bevy Smith and I'm your host."When she's not hosting fabulous dinners and brunches, Smith is writing for several publications, making guest TV spots and hosting red carpets. She's even snagged a gig as a Range Rover ambassador - even though she couldn't drive.In her free time, she can't get enough of her Continue Reading