Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum Induction Ceremony

(March 15, 2004)
Ahmet Ertegun, Mick Jagger and Jann S. Wenner

“Jann almost single-handedly pioneered the idea of popular music and rock and roll in particular as a vibrant art form, not just a collection of flash in the pan mediocrities. This is a wonderful, heartfelt occasion, and I will treasure it, the memory of it. It gives me great pleasure to induct Jann Wenner into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.”

Ahmet Ertegun: More than anyone else, he first identified the power of rock as a politically and socially evocative form of music that would change our world.

Mick Jagger: You know, when I was first asked to come up and induct Jann into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, my response was immediate. Why? The thing about Jann is that he is a great editor. Always going to the heart of the story, and he remains young in being interested in the now as much as the then. He has a passion for music, politics, and movies, and remains himself in the forefront of the sexual revolution. Jann almost single-handedly pioneered the idea of popular music and rock and roll in particular as a vibrant art form, not just a collection of flash in the pan mediocrities. This is a wonderful, heartfelt occasion, and I will treasure it, the memory of it, all the way to the airport. It gives me great pleasure to induct Jann Wenner into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Jann Wenner: My thank yous begin with Jane Wenner. Jane helped me start Rolling Stone, and she had just exactly the right judgment at the most important times. My co-founder was Ralph Gleason, and he was the grey-haired wise man. Ralph was once quoted as saying “The proof of how good idea Rolling Stone is, is it’s survived Jann’s business management of it.” Sir Mick Jagger, how cool it is to be inducted by you! I want to thank you Mick, and Muddy, and Bob Dylan for the name. I worship the Rolling Stones. You (Mick) and Keith still have the world's greatest rock and roll band. So I wanted to tell the world about rock and roll, and I wanted to tell the stories of musicians, and I wanted to have a place for them to speak to other musicians and to their audience, and I have tried to stand for quality and integrity, and reflect the values of music, and I wanted to be the voice for the artists. This has been one of the greatest evenings of my life, and thank you everyone.