Jon Spencer

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Jon Spencer
Jon Spencer performing with Heavy Trash in 2009
Jon Spencer performing with Heavy Trash in 2009
Background information
Birth nameJonathan Spencer
Born (1965-02-04) February 4, 1965 (age 55)
Hanover, New Hampshire, United States
GenresNoise rock, punk blues, garage rock, blues rock
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, theremin
Years active1983–present
Associated actsThe Blues Explosion, Boss Hog, Heavy Trash, Pussy Galore, The Honeymoon Killers

Jon Spencer (born February 4, 1965) is an American singer, composer and guitarist. He has been involved in multiple musical acts, such as Pussy Galore, Boss Hog, Heavy Trash and The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion.


Jon Spencer was born in 1965 in Hanover, New Hampshire, to a university professor and a cardiology technician.[1] He attended Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island where he was part of the noise rock band Shithaus, which included future Cop Shoot Cop vocalist Tod Ashley.[2] The band was short lived and had a musical style reminiscent of the industrial music of Einstürzende Neubauten.[3] He moved to Washington, D.C., and formed Pussy Galore, who quickly relocated to New York.

He is also known for bringing attention to and popularizing the blues artist R. L. Burnside, who started touring and working with The Blues Explosion in the mid-1990s after having been playing and living in obscurity for three decades.


  1. ^ Contemporary Musicians: Profiles of the People in Music. 64. Gale. August 12, 2005. p. 107. Retrieved May 5, 2013.
  2. ^ Black, Art; Sprague, David (2007). "Cop Shoot Cop". Trouser Press. Retrieved May 5, 2013.
  3. ^ Kugelberg, Johan (July 1992). "Punk Rock Anthems". Spin. Vol. 8 no. 4. SPIN Media LLC. p. 81. Retrieved May 5, 2013.

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