|Alma mater||Yale University|
Life and career 
Pareles played jazz flute and piano, and graduated from Yale University with a degree in music.
In the 1970s, he was an associate editor of Crawdaddy!; and in the 1980s, an associate editor at Rolling Stone and the music editor at The Village Voice. He started contributing to The Times in 1982. He reviews popular music in the arts section of The Times.
Selected publications 
- George-Warren, Holly; Romanowski, Patricia; Pareles, Jon (2001). The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll. New York City; Toronto: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-0-743-20120-9.
- Ask a report: Jon Pareles, Music Critic. The New York Times.
- Hay, Carla (March 20, 2004). "Musical Know It Alls: The Critical List". Billboard.
- Ward, Steven (undated). "The Grey Lady's Pop Music Man – Jon Pareles in Conversation". rockcritics.com. Retrieved January 9, 2013.
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