Jeff Burger

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Jeff Burger

Jeff Burger books include Lennon on Lennon: Conversations with John Lennon as well as Springsteen on Springsteen: Interviews, Speeches and Encounters and Leonard Cohen on Leonard Cohen: Interviews and Encounters, all published in North America by Chicago Review Press. The Springsteen and Cohen books have since been republished in such countries as England, France, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Ireland, and Turkey.

Burger has been a writer and editor for more than four decades and has covered popular music throughout his journalism career. His reviews, essays and reportage on that and many other subjects have appeared in more than 75 magazines, newspapers and books, including Barron’s, The Los Angeles Times, Family Circle, Melody Maker, High Fidelity, Creem, Circus, Reader’s Digest, Gentlemen’s Quarterly, All Music Guide, the Berkeley Barb and No Depression. He has published interviews with many leading figures from the music world, including Bruce Springsteen, Roger McGuinn, Wolfman Jack, Tom Waits, Foreigner's Mick Jones, Billy Joel, Tommy James, the Righteous Brothers, Deep Purple's Tommy Bolin, and members of Steely Dan and the Marshall Tucker Band. He has also interviewed many other public figures, such as Suze Orman, Daymond John, James Carville, Sir Richard Branson, F. Lee Bailey, Sydney Pollack, and Cliff Robertson.

Burger has been editor of several periodicals, including Phoenix magazine in Arizona, and he spent 14 years in senior positions at Medical Economics magazine, the country’s largest business magazine for doctors. A former consulting editor at Time Inc., he currently serves as editor of Business Jet Traveler, which the American Society of Business Publication Editors named one of the country’s best business magazines in 2011, 2013, and 2016.

Burger's website,, features information about his books and four decades' worth of music reviews, news, interviews, and commentary.

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Articles From Jeff Burger
Tuesday Dec 12, 2017 45:00 AM ET
On his 38th studio album, Van Morrison reinterprets jazz and blues vocal classics. Plus, releases from Mark Olson, Michael Johnathon, Ethiopian & His All Stars, and a blues compilation.
Monday Dec 4, 2017 10:00 PM ET
A new anthology documents the diverse music produced or promoted by the influential Ralph Peer. It's a wild and rewarding ride. Plus, releases from America, Laura Benitez, and Sofia Talvik.
Monday Nov 27, 2017 10:00 AM ET
Greatly expanded editions of the Ramones' second and third LPs pay tribute to one of the most influential bands of the 1970s. Plus, a new book focuses on Jimi Hendrix.
Monday Nov 20, 2017 20:00 AM ET
A new anthology series offers more than 10 hours' worth of superb and rarely heard vintage Christmas music, including blues, jazz, R&B, rock, soul, and country.
Monday Nov 13, 2017 40:00 AM ET
A new box set doesn't alter my belief that 1979 to 1981 will not be remembered as one of Dylan's most creative, innovative phases. Nevertheless, his passion remains evident throughout, and the anthology includes enough great music to earn a place in any fan's collection.
Wednesday Nov 8, 2017 15:00 AM ET
A massive box set documents the historic Louisiana Hayride broadcasts, which gave many future country artists—and some rock stars as well—their first shot at the big time. Plus, CDs by Johnny Nicholas and Jim Byrnes.
Monday Oct 30, 2017 05:00 AM ET
A superb new box set presents two historic Woody Guthrie tribute concerts in their entirety for the first time. Also: new releases by Chris Barron and Rob Williams.
Friday Oct 27, 2017 50:00 AM ET
A flurry of new releases and reissues from the late, great Tim Buckley includes lots of must-hear music.
Monday Oct 23, 2017 20:00 AM ET
The third in a series of gargantuan box sets documents one of the most adventurous parts of David Bowie's career.
Monday Oct 16, 2017 30:00 AM ET
The Who perform all of Tommy in concert—finally, plus reviews of CDs from Tom Russell, Nona Hendryx and Gary Lucas, Rob Lutes, and Linda Perhacs.
Monday Oct 9, 2017 30:00 AM ET
A terrific new release turns a spotlight on songs from the Spanish Civil War. Plus, CDs from Jerry Yester, Ryan Koenig, and May Erlewine.
Tuesday Oct 3, 2017 20:00 AM ET
A new album, available in various audio and video configurations, offers the first-ever live performance of the Rolling Stones' 'Sticky Fingers' album. Plus, reviews of new releases from the Wailin' Jennys, Jenn Rawling, and Martha High.
Thursday Sep 28, 2017 00:00 AM ET
A new Steve Miller Band release offers the best compilation to date of the group's work. Plus, 'Bob Marley and the Wailers: The Ultimate Illustrated History.'
Monday Sep 25, 2017 40:00 AM ET
Lloyd Price deserves his place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but his latest album doesn't explain why.
Monday Sep 18, 2017 30:00 AM ET
A 50th anniversary edition offers listeners a chance to discover - or buy an upgrade to - this underrated psychedelic landmark.
Tuesday Sep 12, 2017 15:00 AM ET
A new book offers extraordinarily thorough descriptions and analysis of every track on Led Zeppelin's nine original LPs.
Tuesday Sep 5, 2017 35:00 AM ET
Tom Russell has released about three dozen fine records over the years. His latest just might be the best. Plus, reviews of new CDs from Whitney Rose, Anna Tivel, and Savoy Brown.
Thursday Aug 31, 2017 10:00 PM ET
This fine album offers more evidence of the key role that Big Star cofounder Chris Bell played in its early music.
Monday Aug 28, 2017 25:00 AM ET
Jan & Dean's label rejected this album back in the '60s. It's easier to see why than to figure out why it's being issued now.
Monday Aug 7, 2017 55:00 AM ET
A 28-track concert album makes a strong case for the Raspberries' importance. Plus, reviews of CDs by Alex Chilton, Andrew Belle, and Double Naught Spy Car.
Tuesday Jul 25, 2017 40:00 AM ET
Ringo Starr delivers his 19th album, plus reviews of Chris Fullerton, Amber Cross, Andy Hall & Roosevelt Collier, and a new film about the music business.
Tuesday Jul 18, 2017 35:00 AM ET
A new collection examines the Beach Boys' important 1967 output. Plus reviews of albums by Arrica Rose, the New Zeitgeist, and Game Theory.
Tuesday Jun 27, 2017 50:00 AM ET
Jeff Burger reviews the latest from veteran rocker Elliott Murphy, plus reissues from the Spinto Band and Arthur Alexander, and new releases by Jen Gloeckner and Sarah Jane Scouten.
Monday Jun 12, 2017 25:00 AM ET
There's a new Fleetwood Mac album—sort of. Plus, reviews of new releases by Big Star, Lisa Said, Willa Vincitore, and a tribute to Sun Records.
Tuesday May 30, 2017 00:00 AM ET
Fifty-two years after Dion recorded it, a great folk-rock album sees the light of day. Plus, reviews of CDs by Big Star's Chris Bell, bluesman Guitar Slim Jr., and country-folk artist Rachel Baiman.
Friday May 26, 2017 20:00 AM ET
Is this the best Grateful Dead concert ever? Maybe. Plus: a look at three other noteworthy releases: Willie Nile's 'Positively Bob,' a multi-artist tribute to singer-songwriter Mark Heard, and a self-titled album by Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters.
Monday May 15, 2017 00:00 AM ET
'Sgt. Pepper' turns 50 and receives a deluxe boxed set as a birthday gift. Also reviewed: Dean Gitter and the Ute Mountain Gang, Lighthouse Sweden, and Ben Bostick.
Tuesday May 2, 2017 25:00 AM ET
A "fabulous" concert film pays tribute to the influential rock group Big Star, plus reviews of albums by Mick Kolassa & Mark Telesca, The Mastersons, and Peter Hook and the Light.
Tuesday Apr 18, 2017 55:00 AM ET
Bob Dylan's third exploration of the Great American Songbook has resulted in a 30-song collection that's as powerful as it is melancholic. Briefly noted: new releases by Peter Rowan, Steve Krase, and James Talley.
Tuesday Apr 11, 2017 15:00 AM ET
A star-studded concert and a best-of collection mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Also reviewed: Russ Tolman, David Childers, Cait Brennan.
Monday Apr 3, 2017 50:00 AM ET
Fleetwood Mac's second most popular album, 'Tango in the Night,' gets a 30th anniversary deluxe repackaging. Also reviewed: Jon Zeeman, Sera Cahoone, and Jon and Roy.
Monday Mar 20, 2017 20:00 AM ET
New releases include a blues CD by Eric Bibb that comments on the current refugee crisis, a Bobby Darin reissue, and a meditation on the loss of a loved one.
Tuesday Feb 21, 2017 00:00 AM ET
Could a little-known British band have become as big as the Who or the Kinks? Maybe. Also reviewed: Carol Noonan, Chicago, and Lowland Hum.
Monday Feb 13, 2017 05:00 AM ET
An expanded edition of the Grateful Dead's eponymous debut delivers vibrant music that conjures up an era. Also: new releases by Bill Scorzari, Billy T Band, and Lawrence Morrill Glass.
Tuesday Feb 7, 2017 10:00 AM ET
Chip Taylor's mesmerizing latest release offers more proof that he deserves to be considered a national treasure, right up there with folks like John Prine, Jesse Winchester, Greg Brown, and Steve Goodman.
Tuesday Jan 17, 2017 10:00 AM ET
Vivian Cook's debut is loaded with personality—and great rock and roll.
Monday Jan 2, 2017 20:00 PM ET
Burger reviews four new releases, including Big Star's 'Complete Third,' a masterpiece that ranks among the best archival releases of 2016. Also: Tami Neilson, Chandler Travis Philharmonic, and Reverend Freakchild.
Friday Dec 23, 2016 50:00 PM ET
Burger reviews a singles anthology from country legend Buck Owens, plus new albums by Whitney Rose, Jack Mack and the Heart Attack Horns, and Daniel Koulack.
Monday Dec 19, 2016 30:00 AM ET
Burger surveys recent CD releases, including the Pretenders' terrific latest. Also reviewed: Hugh Prestwood, Mandy Rowden, and Shel.
Thursday Dec 15, 2016 10:00 AM ET
A forthcoming anthology will whet your appetite for more from the late, great singer/songwriter Guy Clark.
Monday Dec 12, 2016 30:00 AM ET
Though this four-CD-plus-DVD package doesn't contain previously unavailable material, it's a must for rock fans who don't already own the music or the film.
Wednesday Dec 7, 2016 20:00 AM ET
'You Want It Darker' is a fitting final addition to a remarkable catalog.
Monday Dec 5, 2016 10:00 AM ET
A five-CD, 50-year retrospective shows NRBQ to be among the most versatile acts in the history of rock.
Thursday Dec 1, 2016 05:00 AM ET
A new book that collects Bob Dylan's lyrics offers reminders about why he deserved a Nobel Prize.
Tuesday Nov 29, 2016 30:00 AM ET
Ron Howard's crash course in Beatlemania will bring back memories for longtime fans and be a revelation for young audiences.
Tuesday Nov 22, 2016 25:00 AM ET
An ambitious new book surveys the Rolling Stones' recording career.
Monday Nov 21, 2016 05:00 AM ET
Bob Dylan's mammoth new box set arguably contains more music than anyone really needs, but the performances are fantastic and the price is right.
Wednesday Nov 16, 2016 15:00 AM ET
Two seminal rock concert films arrive on Blu-ray.
Thursday Nov 10, 2016 50:00 AM ET
This singles collection offers a fine introduction to the great Tim Buckley, but you really ought to hear his entire catalog
Monday Nov 7, 2016 25:00 AM ET
Bruce Springsteen's autobiography is intimate and powerful. So is the music on the companion CD, but its release seems less necessary.

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