Rolling Stone - Rolling Stone Boss Gets John Lennon Peace Award

Rolling Stone magazine boss Jann Wenner is among the 2014 recipients of the LennonOno Grant For Peace awards.

Wenner, who founded the influential rock bible in the 1960s, will be handed the honour at the annual ceremony in Reykjavik, Iceland on 9 October (14), what would have been Lennon's 74th birthday.

The other recipients of the 2014 awards are Jeremy Gilley, founder of the Peace One Day organisation, bosses of New York art promoters the Art Production Fund, and Jon Gnarr, former Mayor of Reykjavik.

Lennon's widow Yoko Ono, who will present the honours, says, "In the '60s Jann made rock 'n' roll a household name single-handedly promoting it within the press. Jeremy Gilley, with Peace One Day, made it easy for all people to join the Peace movement.

"Art Production Fund is an ambitious public arts project created by Doreen Remen and Yvonne Force Villareal, whilst Jon Gnarr showed the world that governmental politics are for the people and by the people.

"I am very happy to honour each of these four recipients this year with the award that, for me, symbolises much of the work that John Lennon and I tried to do together and which I now continue to do."

The Lennon Ono Grant For Peace awards are handed out annually to key figures in the battle for world harmony. Previous recipients include Doctors Without Borders, The Centre for Constitutional Rights, and Russian protest band Pussy Riot.


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