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 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.
Wednesday Oct 2, 2019 49:15 PM ET
The Beatles’ final studio project reappears in a 50th anniversary edition. Also, fine new releases from Dori Freeman, Daniel Martin Moore, and Jason James.
Thursday Sep 26, 2019 33:32 PM ET
A 10-CD box set chronicles the rise of country music’s Bakersfield sound. Plus, releases from Brian Wilson and the Carter Family.
Tuesday Sep 17, 2019 02:18 AM ET
A live set from pop/soul singer Paul Young, plus the soundtrack from the Springsteen-inspired 'Blinded by the Light' and CDs from Dale Boyle, Big Star, and Modern Love Child.
Wednesday Sep 4, 2019 36:30 AM ET
Elvis Presley had a lot to prove in 1969. A box set documents this key career juncture. Plus, a look at influential early country recordings.
Tuesday Aug 27, 2019 29:59 AM ET
A labor of love produces four discs' worth of great music. Plus, Leonard Cohen, Leeroy Stagger, and more.
Wednesday Aug 21, 2019 58:56 AM ET
Rocker Elliott Murphy shines on a new live CD. Plus albums from Ben Davis Jr., the Muffs, and Sunny War.
Wednesday Aug 14, 2019 51:17 AM ET
Previously unavailable live recordings from Canada’s Ian & Sylvia include great material. Plus, releases from Commander Cody, Bill Scorzari, the Flamin’ Groovies, and Shane Alexander.
Sunday Aug 4, 2019 18:33 PM ET
The rare debut from a rocksteady pioneer resurfaces. Plus albums from Hot Club of Cowtown, Steve Goodman, and the Rails
Thursday Aug 1, 2019 24:35 AM ET
Fifty years after rock’s most famous festival, a giant box set delivers just about everything but the mud, rain, and traffic jams.
Wednesday Jul 24, 2019 42:35 PM ET
The latest live album from NRBQ favors their rock/pop side and comes with a concert DVD. Plus CDs from Steve Van Zandt, Donovan and Che Apalache.
Wednesday Jul 10, 2019 23:00 PM ET
Reissued versions of Steve Goodman’s final albums include a generous helping of bonus material. Plus, releases from Chuck Hawthorne, Rob Laufer, and Karen Jonas.
Wednesday Jul 3, 2019 59:10 PM ET
A reissued, remastered collection of radio performances captures this musical giant at a pivotal stage. Plus, new releases from Michaela Anne, Glenna Bell, Shaun Johnson, and Chris & Adam Carroll.
Wednesday Jul 3, 2019 48:29 AM ET
Two CDs and a Blu-ray capture a 1998 Stones concert. Plus, expanded reissues of vintage albums from the Grateful Dead and Procol Harum.
Wednesday Jul 3, 2019 36:04 AM ET
A reissued and expanded box set covers Glen Campbell's entire, wide-ranging career. Plus, albums from the HawtThorns, Rod Picott, and Mrs. Henry.
Tuesday Jul 2, 2019 55:21 PM ET
Bruce Springsteen's 19th album ranks with his best. Plus, music from Chris Stamey, Cat Stevens, and Savoy Brown.
Tuesday Jul 2, 2019 42:27 PM ET
A big new Dylan box includes five shows from the 1975 Rolling Thunder tour, plus assorted rarities. Also, new albums from Chip & Tony Kinman, Willard Gayheart, and Meghan Hayes.
Wednesday May 22, 2019 36:00 AM ET
A deluxe reissue of a concert film featuring the Stones, John Lennon, the Who, and more. Plus, power pop from Richard X. Heyman and blues rock from the 44’s.
Wednesday May 15, 2019 43:26 AM ET
Shirley & Lee, who are best remembered for a 1956 hit, were more than a one-hit wonder. Plus, albums from Resonant Rogues and Counting Crows.
Wednesday May 8, 2019 44:06 AM ET
A must-hear album from Little Steven and Southside Johnny, plus releases from R.J. Cowdery, Carlo Ditta, Greg Jacobs, Ellis Mano Band, and the Schramms.
Wednesday May 1, 2019 02:48 AM ET
Bob Dylan performs...for 53 people. Plus, Little Steven Van Zandt's first album of new material in about two decades.
Wednesday Apr 24, 2019 40:42 AM ET
A new anthology features 1980s acts who left their hearts in the 1960s. Plus, stunning folk music from Kora Feder and newly discovered tapes from jazz great Bill Evans.
Tuesday Apr 16, 2019 07:05 AM ET
A new box set explores the social power of music, plus a career-spanning anthology from British blue-eyed soul singer Paul Young.
Wednesday Apr 10, 2019 00:54 AM ET
Two anthologies suggest what might have been for early rocker Ritchie Valens. Plus, new releases from Megg Farrell, Duke Robillard, and Jimmie Vaughan
Wednesday Apr 3, 2019 26:52 AM ET
A new anthology collects much of the Rolling Stones’ best work since 1971. Plus, albums by Harpdog Brown, Vegas Strip Kings, Johnny Shines, Culture, and Chad Richard.
Wednesday Mar 27, 2019 26:43 PM ET
A three-CD set collects some of Bob Dylan earliest performances and interviews. Plus, music from Nils Lofgren and Girls on Grass and a film of a Woody Guthrie tribute concert.
Wednesday Mar 20, 2019 34:07 AM ET
A 1997 Van Morrison album reappears in an expanded three-CD edition. Plus, new albums from the Honey Dewdrops and Tylor & the Train Robbers, and a 1968 concert set from the Bee Gees.
Tuesday Mar 12, 2019 10:00 PM ET
An anthology uncovers obscure gems from the girl-group genre. Plus, music from Good Old Boys, the Cleverlys, Mitch Woods, and Mary Lane.
Tuesday Mar 5, 2019 05:00 PM ET
A new anthology offers a fresh opportunity to get acquainted with new wave rocker Robin Lane. Plus, a terrific CD from folksinger Abigail Lapell and Buddy Holly with strings.
Wednesday Feb 20, 2019 50:00 PM ET
Tom Russell's latest provides more proof that he's a national treasure. Plus power pop from the High Strung, meditations on love from Colin Linden and Luther Dickinson, and a folk concept album about Mississippi.
Sunday Feb 3, 2019 45:00 PM ET
Bruce Springsteen's acclaimed Broadway show remains compelling on CD. Plus, noteworthy reissues from Tom Petty, Big Star, and the Animals.
Wednesday Jan 23, 2019 50:00 PM ET
This box, which includes a dozen CDs, a DVD, and a Blu-ray, offers a one-stop shop for Eagles fans.
Monday Jan 14, 2019 45:00 PM ET
Progressive-rock group Barclay James Harvest celebrates half a century of music making. Plus, music from Amy McCarley, Dennis Quaid, Pierce Pettis, and John Kilzer.
Sunday Jan 6, 2019 30:00 PM ET
Two forthcoming albums feature previously unreleased and rare solo material from Big Star's Alex Chilton. Plus, music from Charlie Faye, Cold War Kids, A Different Thread, Ruth Wyand, and Donna the Buffalo.
Monday Dec 17, 2018 40:00 AM ET
A career-spanning box proves there's much more to Bobbie Gentry than the classic "Ode to Billie Joe."; Plus, a Marianne Faithfull anthology, Bob Dylan rehearsal tapes, new music from paisley-underground bands, and a Ynana Rose CD.
Monday Dec 10, 2018 20:00 AM ET
The fourth in a series of mammoth box sets covers David Bowie's output from 1983 to 1988. It's a mixed bag, but there are gems interspersed throughout.
Wednesday Dec 5, 2018 55:00 PM ET
The Rolling Stones' 'Beggars Banquet' resurfaces in a 50th anniversary edition. Plus more new music and a book called 'Dreaming about Dylan.'
Monday Nov 26, 2018 55:00 PM ET
A big box set gives fans an extensive look at the sessions behind a Beatles masterpiece. One major bonus: a surround-sound mix.
Sunday Nov 18, 2018 30:00 PM ET
A welcome revisit to Jimi Hendrix's classic Electric Ladyland includes outtakes, a period concert, a documentary, and a surround-sound edition. Plus, a blues anthology, a release from the Brother Brothers, and vintage material from Procol Harum and Glen Campbell.
Sunday Nov 18, 2018 15:00 PM ET
A 20-CD (!) box set delivers every single track recorded by country pioneer Lefty Frizzell. Plus, releases from the Velvet Underground, Martha Spencer, Louise Goffin, Taylor Martin, L.E.S. Douze, and Roy Orbison.
Sunday Nov 4, 2018 14:41 PM ET
The 14th volume of the Bootleg Series, 'More Blood, More Tracks'—yet another six-CD package—is at least as engrossing as any of its predecessors.
Monday Oct 29, 2018 10:00 PM ET
Reviews of the 50th anniversary edition of The Moody Blues' 'In Search of the Lost Chord,' plus additional reviews in brief of several new releases.
Wednesday Oct 24, 2018 55:00 AM ET
The Appleseed label celebrates its 21st anniversary with a three-CD set that contains memorable performances by a who's who of the folk world. Plus, new albums from Michael Martin Murphey, Belle Plaine, Yum-Yum, and Lee Michaels.
Tuesday Oct 16, 2018 50:00 AM ET
The fourth in a series of boxed reissues from the Ramones finds them sticking to their back-to-basics approach. Plus new CDs from Johnny & Jaalene and Dave Keller, and a great retrospective from Permanent Green Light.
Wednesday Oct 10, 2018 55:00 PM ET
A fascinating 'ultimate' version of John Lennon's 'Imagine' includes everything but the kitchen sink. Plus, an enhanced reissue of two films from Lennon and Yoko Ono.
Sunday Sep 30, 2018 45:00 PM ET
A 50th anniversary edition of the Doors' most commercially successful album includes previously unreleased studio mixes and live recordings. Plus, more noteworthy new albums and a Bruce Springsteen bio.
Wednesday Sep 19, 2018 05:00 AM ET
A new version improves a 1976 Led Zeppelin concert album. Plus, blues and folk CDs from Jim Wyly, Jamie Lin Wilson, Kenny Wayne, and the Jellyman's Daughter.
Wednesday Sep 12, 2018 10:00 AM ET
A revelatory Joni Mitchell film captures her performance at 1970's Isle of Wight Festival. Plus, bluegrass from Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard, a Swans reissue, and a folk/Americana group called Ever More Nest.
Wednesday Sep 5, 2018 05:00 PM ET
Steve Forbert delivers a double shot—a not-so-revealing memoir and an excellent CD. Plus, new music from Vanessa Peters, Anthony Geraci, Chris Darrow, and Max Buda.
Sunday Aug 26, 2018 00:00 PM ET
A 50th anniversary edition of the Band's influential debut album delivers new mixes, including a 5.1 Blu-ray audio version, plus outtakes, and more.

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