Jeff Burger

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Jeff Burger

Jeff Burger's books include Dylan on Dylan: Interviews and Encounters, Lennon on Lennon: Conversations with John Lennon, 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, Lennon, 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 Donald Trump, 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, 2016, and 2018.

Burger's website,, features information about his books and four decades' worth of music reviews, news, interviews, and commentary. All content by Jeff Burger at the Morton Report is copyrighted by the author and may not be reproduced without permission.

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Articles From Jeff Burger
Wednesday Oct 21, 2020 19:01 AM ET
An expanded edition of Lou Reed's "New York" includes an excellent concert recording. Plus, an album of Leonard Cohen covers and new music from Rick Shea.
Friday Oct 16, 2020 47:24 AM ET
Though remembered today mostly just for a pair of 1960s hits, Barbara Lewis had a lot more to offer. Also reviewed: a collection of historic country sessions, a first-rate Allman Brothers concert, folksinger Justin Farren, and Sweden’s Christian Kjellvander.
Sunday Oct 11, 2020 08:04 AM ET
A 1989 New Jersey gig finds the Rolling Stones enthusiastically performing many of their classic numbers. Plus, CDs from three little-known but noteworthy acts.
Friday Oct 2, 2020 30:52 AM ET
Covering Bob Dylan means wading into crowded waters. Many covers of his songs—by artists ranging from the Byrds and Peter, Paul, and Mary to the Band and Manfred Mann—have become famous in their own right, and there are hundreds if...
Thursday Sep 24, 2020 57:44 AM ET
Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason comes out of retirement to deliver a live set of his old group’s early material. Also, Johnny Iguana and Rich Krueger.
Thursday Sep 17, 2020 20:35 AM ET
The Rolling Stones' 'Goats Head Soup' is back in a deluxe edition that includes an excellent 1973 concert.
Thursday Sep 10, 2020 30:19 AM ET
A new three-CD anthology collects Beatles covers by British progressive and psychedelic bands. Plus, R.B. Morris and Rob Williams.
Wednesday Sep 2, 2020 41:35 AM ET
A 50th anniversary edition of the Grateful Dead's 'Workingman's Dead' includes a previously unreleased concert from 1971. Also, Bonnie Whitmore and Sugar Ray CDs.
Wednesday Aug 26, 2020 34:34 AM ET
A pair of Little Richard reissues don’t measure up to his best work but do deliver a full dose of his high-energy, flamboyant personality. Also reviewed: jazz vocalizing from Jim Kweskin and Samoa Wilson and impressive folk from Dirk Powell.
Wednesday Aug 12, 2020 00:00 AM ET
The Coed Records label served as home base for more than a few noteworthy pop and rock artists between 1958 and 1965. Much of their work has been rereleased on various labels over the years, but if you don’t already...
Sunday Aug 9, 2020 14:29 PM ET
The president and his family have been emailing me almost every day. They sound as if they know me, though they keep calling me by the wrong name.
Wednesday Aug 5, 2020 41:15 AM ET
Various Artists, Willie Nile Uncovered. Forty years after the release of his debut album, Willie Nile still isn’t widely known, and neither are some of the most impressive artists on this two-disc tribute album. That fact underscores how easily fine musicians can get lost...
Wednesday Jul 29, 2020 32:08 AM ET
The Pretenders return with an album that recalls their past glories. Plus, folk from Sylvie Simmons, doo-wop from the Five Keys, and psychedelia-tinged rock from Nocona.
Thursday Jul 23, 2020 08:49 AM ET
A 46-year-old concert from Roxy Music's Bryan Ferry, plus previously unreleased tracks from the great Phil Ochs and blues rock from John Fusco and Rick Berthod.
Tuesday Jul 14, 2020 13:04 AM ET
Brian Wilson and Van Dyke Parks's "Orange Crate Art" reappears in a 25th anniversary edition. Plus three more notable releases.
Tuesday Jul 7, 2020 35:33 AM ET
The Explorers pay tribute to late 60s/early 70s pop rock. Plus, Canada's Julian Taylor, rockabilly from Al Hendrix, and an addictive beach-party track from Mark Fredson.
Wednesday Jul 1, 2020 25:45 AM ET
Think Bob Dylan's best work is behind him? His first new album of original material in eight years suggests otherwise.
Thursday Jun 25, 2020 19:45 AM ET
A gem from the little-known Jeb Loy Nichols, plus VickyKristinaBarcelona covers Tom Waits and Kristin Grainger offers an excellent folk/bluegrass blend.
Wednesday Jun 17, 2020 42:45 AM ET
James Osterberg—who goes by the decidedly more hip-sounding name Iggy Pop—has twice made a distinctive mark on the music world. First, from 1969 through the early 1970s (when he was using the equally rock-ready moniker Iggy Stooge), he served as vocalist...
Thursday Jun 11, 2020 39:32 AM ET
Folkie John McCutcheon delivers songs during a pandemic. Plus, reissues from the Staples and new music by Anthony Geraci, LeRoux, and the Wildmans
Wednesday Jun 3, 2020 02:31 AM ET
If you’re surprised to see a blues album from Dion, you haven’t been paying attention. Yes, he is primarily known for his wonderful early-rock-era records with and without the Belmonts, but even in those days he delivered a smattering of blues...
Thursday May 28, 2020 56:26 PM ET
Teddy Thompson comes back strong, plus a gem from Alan Lomax's archives, new folk and R&B acts, and a film starring Elliott Murphy.
Friday May 22, 2020 35:55 AM ET
Steve Forbert serves up an album of covers. Plus, early music from Doc Watson and CDs from Nine Seas, Scott Ellison, Hawk, and Holy Hive.
Thursday May 7, 2020 26:41 AM ET
A garage rock outfit resurfaces after half a century. Also: a contender for best-of-2020 lists and two more noteworthy new CDs.
Wednesday Apr 29, 2020 23:53 AM ET
When Lucinda Williams began her career four decades ago with a pair of albums on the Smithsonian Folkways label, it didn’t take long to conclude that she was a major talent. Still, few could have guessed back then just how...
Friday Apr 24, 2020 17:13 AM ET
Special Consensus, Chicago Barn Dance. Chicago probably isn’t the first city you’d associate with bluegrass, but a fairly strong connection exists, perhaps most notably via the WLS National Barn Dance, a Grand Ole Opry-style radio program that lasted more than four decades. In...
Wednesday Apr 8, 2020 43:43 AM ET
Whitney Rose displays a rock and roll sensibility on her latest album. Plus releases from Willie Nile, Pharis and Jason Romero, and America.
Wednesday Apr 1, 2020 38:50 AM ET
A five-CD set covers the Animals’ psychedelic period. Plus, a solo outing from Gordon Lightfoot.
Wednesday Mar 25, 2020 33:57 AM ET
Classical Treatment for Rod Stewart’s ClassicsRod Stewart now has something in common with Roy Orbison, Buddy Holly, the Carpenters, Elvis Presley, and the Beach Boys: like those other artists, he has had the vocals from his early hits melded to new symphonic arrangements by...
Thursday Mar 19, 2020 44:37 AM ET
An early concert from Steve Goodman, new material from David Bromberg, and noteworthy releases from Western Centuries and Rory Block.
Friday Mar 13, 2020 32:21 AM ET
Unexpected material from Game Theory confirms the group’s excellence. Plus, more noteworthy releases.
Wednesday Mar 4, 2020 08:25 AM ET
Bob Dylan’s 2003 film, which has just been reissued in high definition, is a mess, but you might nevertheless want to see it at least once. Also: an album of harmonious duets featuring Carla Olson.
Friday Feb 28, 2020 24:15 AM ET
A box set collects Sam Cooke’s early pop hits and album tracks. Plus, Cajun artist Michael Doucet, jazz pianist Michel Petrucciani, and pop/rocker Chris Maxwell.
Friday Feb 14, 2020 52:40 AM ET
Jakob Dylan and friends cover late 60s music from Southern California. Plus more new releases.
Wednesday Feb 5, 2020 50:52 AM ET
A three-and-a-half-hour holiday concert from Bruce Springsteen features great music and luminous guest artists. Plus, Will Sexton and the Mastersons.
Wednesday Jan 29, 2020 50:45 AM ET
Marty Stuart’s ‘The Pilgrim,’ a turning point in his career, reappears with bonus tracks and a book. Plus, Sweet Lizzy Project, Phast Phreddie, and Grant Peeples.
Tuesday Jan 21, 2020 35:18 AM ET
Hank Williams's so-called "Mother's Best" recordings offer essential music. Plus, fine new releases from Mick Kolassa and Letitia VanSant.
Wednesday Jan 15, 2020 09:02 AM ET
A three-CD anthology showcases the Honeycombs, a British Invasion group. Plus, Wild Rabbit Salad, the Lil Smokies, and previously unheard work from the Righteous Brothers’ Bobby Hatfield.
Wednesday Jan 8, 2020 23:35 PM ET
A massive box set explores Pink Floyd’s post-1985 work. Plus, CDs from Seamus Egan and Big Mike.
Monday Dec 30, 2019 39:03 AM ET
Three years after Leonard Cohen’s death, a new album from him appears. Plus, live Springsteen material from the 90s.
Wednesday Dec 25, 2019 33:34 AM ET
The inevitable 50th anniversary edition of the Band’s classic second album offers reasons to upgrade. Plus, vintage live material from Simon & Garfunkel and an anthology from Australia’s Paul Kelly.
Wednesday Dec 18, 2019 36:47 AM ET
Nearly half a century after Hendrix’s historic two-night stand at the Fillmore East, the performances have been released in full. Plus, Rebecca Turner and reissues from Modern English.
Wednesday Dec 11, 2019 20:27 AM ET
A 14-CD collection of his 1975-2001 studio albums is uneven but contains more than enough standouts to justify its bargain price.
Wednesday Dec 4, 2019 42:50 AM ET
A 50th anniversary edition of the Doors’ ‘The Soft Parade,’ plus albums from Jerry Leger and Swans and a book about Specialty Records.
Wednesday Nov 27, 2019 35:31 AM ET
An exceptional Tim Buckley concert surfaces and a Chuck Berry concert film comes to Blu-ray. Plus material from Elliott Murphy’s archives and a Gene Clark cult favorite
Monday Nov 18, 2019 19:36 AM ET
Bruce Springsteen releases live versions of the songs on his recent ‘Western Stars’ CD. Also: an anthology collects singles from the defunct Rampart Records label, Cajun music from the Revelers, and a 1972 concert from New Riders of the Purple Sage.
Wednesday Nov 13, 2019 23:28 AM ET
The Rolling Stones dig into the vaults to offer an anniversary edition of the classic ‘Let It Bleed’ plus concert from their 1998 world tour.
Wednesday Nov 6, 2019 21:25 AM ET
The latest volume of Bob Dylan's bootleg series features must-hear collaborations with Johnny Cash. Plus new albums from Kinky Friedman and Moody Little Sister, and a Steve Goodman reissue.
Friday Oct 25, 2019 36:52 AM ET
A box set from Steve Miller Band collects alternate versions and live tracks, including much previously unreleased material.
Wednesday Oct 9, 2019 51:56 AM ET
A live set displays the Ramones at their best. Also, a John Fogerty tribute, unearthed Nilsson music, and a Cajun concert.

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