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2004 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Jann Wenner

Jann S. Wenner

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  • Year:
    2004
  • Inducted by:
    Ahmet Ertegun & Mick Jagger (The Rolling Stones)
  • Category:
    Ahmet Ertegun Award
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Hall of Fame Essay

2004

Cameron Crowe

There are some who say rock & roll, at its very core, is a temporary form. Even in the earliest days of rock & roll, it was all folly, right? Passionate and cheeky melodies meant to be heard crackling over a car radio, a souvenir of a night spent dancing or making out. Every real musician or fan knew, though, that rock & roll was much deeper than that.

Rock & roll was code, and just under the surface was the promise of rebellion, of a life beyond what your parents could understand. It was a secret world to smuggle into your home, shut your door and get lost in.

It took a fleet of guitarists and pianists to put that secret world together, but one man realized rock & roll needed a diary and a journal.

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He understood how we as artists felt

Mick Jagger

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Photography: Getty/WireImage; Kevin Mazur, WireImage

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