Jon Landau

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For the film producer, see Jon Landau (film producer).
Jon Landau
Born (1947-05-14) May 14, 1947 (age 67)
United States
Occupation Record producer, music critic

Jon Landau (born May 14, 1947)[1] is an American music critic, manager and record producer, best known for working with Bruce Springsteen in all three capacities. He is the head of the nominating committee for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.[2]

Landau grew up in the Boston suburbs and earned a degree in History from Brandeis University with honors.[3]

As a critic, Landau wrote for Rolling Stone from its first issue and for other publications. In Volume 1, Number 1 of Rolling Stone, published on 9 November 1967,[4] Landau compared Jimi Hendrix and his debut album, Are You Experienced, to Eric Clapton and Cream's debut album, Fresh Cream (both released months before, and both Hendrix and Cream having made huge American splashes as live performers that summer). The next few issues saw Landau staking out more traditional R&B and soul territory with profiles of Aretha Franklin,[5] and Sam and Dave,[6] plus a posthumous Otis Redding appreciation.

Landau's prophetic 1974 article in The Real Paper,[1] wherein he famously claimed, "I saw rock and roll future and its name is Bruce Springsteen," is credited by Nick Hornby[7] and others with fostering Springsteen's popularity. Landau was then hired by Springsteen, and is cited as co-producer on Springsteen studio records from 1975's Born to Run through 1992's Human Touch and Lucky Town. Landau is considered to have influenced Springsteen artistically[8] as well as professionally.

Other artists that Landau has managed and/or produced include MC5, Livingston Taylor, Jackson Browne, Natalie Merchant, Alejandro Escovedo and Train,[9][10] and Shania Twain.

Landau was once married to The New York Times film critic (and later book reviewer) Janet Maslin. He later married Barbara Downey, a former Rolling Stone editor. They have two children, Kate, also an artist manager, and Charles.

In 2011, Landau had a growth in his brain surgically removed. The surgery resulted in the loss of sight in one eye.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Landau, Jon (May 22, 1974). "Growing Young With Rock and Roll". The Real Paper via TheBoots.net. Archived from the original on February 2, 2003. Retrieved October 23, 2012.  Writing ahead of a weekly newspaper's May 22, 1974 publication date: "I'm 27 today...."
  2. ^ Futurerocklegends.com
  3. ^ Slate
  4. ^ "Hendrix and Clapton, p. 18.
  5. ^ Rolling Stone, 1967.11.23, vol. 1, no.2, "Aretha," p. 16
  6. ^ Rolling Stone, 1968.01.20, vol. 1, no. 4.
  7. ^ Hornsby, Nick (2004-05-21). "Rock of Ages". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-05-01. 
  8. ^ Metcalf, Stephen. "Faux Americana: Why I still love Bruce Springsteen". Slate.com. Retrieved 2014-11-22. 
  9. ^ The Huffington Post
  10. ^ "Reuters Review of Escovedo's new album Real Animal". Reuters.com. Retrieved 2012-05-01. 
  11. ^ Remnick, David. The New Yorker, "We Are Alive," July 30, 2012.

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