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, byjeffburger.com, features information about his books and four decades' worth of music reviews, news, interviews, and commentary.


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Articles From Jeff Burger
Monday May 21, 2018 00:00 AM ET
An engrossing box set collects music from the Korean War.
Tuesday May 15, 2018 20:00 AM ET
A CD/Blu-ray set presents a fine John Mellencamp concert. Plus, new releases from Screamin' Jay Hawkins and the Young Novelists, an anthology of exotica music, and a book about the Clash.
Tuesday May 8, 2018 20:00 AM ET
A limited-edition box set expands on Love's 1967 classic, Forever Changes. Plus, new releases from Tom Russell, Buck Owens, Jackson Emmer, and Speedbuggy USA.
Monday Apr 30, 2018 20:00 AM ET
New releases collect vintage live material from Chicago and the Electric Flag. Plus, albums by Gene Turonis, Yung Wu, and Heather Styka.
Monday Apr 23, 2018 45:00 AM ET
A six-CD collection of Leonard Cohen concert material represents a bona-fide bargain, says critic Jeff Burger. Plus: new albums from Steve Wynn, Steve Dawson, Anna & Elizabeth, Clarence Bucaro, Dany Franchi, and Adrian Aardvark.
Monday Apr 16, 2018 30:00 AM ET
A remaster of Led Zeppelin's best concert album, a concert from Bruce Springsteen's "other" group, and new releases from Hawk, Merritt Gibson, Tami Neilson, Mapache, and Jesse Ainslie.
Monday Apr 9, 2018 25:00 AM ET
Still more previously unheard Jimi Hendrix tracks, plus a reissue from rocker Elliott Murphy and albums from Nino Tempo, Tami Neilson, Juliana Hatfield, Robbie Dupree, Wood & Wire, and Mandy Rowden.
Monday Apr 2, 2018 00:00 AM ET
A vastly expanded edition of the Moody Blues's 'Days of Future Passed' and a new live concert recording celebrate the album's 50th anniversary.
Wednesday Mar 28, 2018 35:00 PM ET
Veteran folkies John Prine and Tom Rush deliver fine new work, plus an anthology from country music's Don Gibson and releases from Ghost Town Blues Band, Peter Rowan, and the Price Sisters.
Monday Mar 19, 2018 50:00 PM ET
Four new CDs unearth soul/R&B that's as good as it is obscure. Plus, an anthology of Memphis music and new releases from NRBQ, the Super Saturated Sugar Strings, the Furious Seasons, and Kris Lager Band.
Monday Mar 12, 2018 50:00 PM ET
A two-CD set captures the Rolling Stones in a crucial formative period. Plus, CDs from Belle and Sebastian, Logan Magness, Piramid Scheme, Western Centuries, and the Claudettes.
Monday Mar 5, 2018 20:00 AM ET
A deluxe reissue of the Eagles' multimillion-selling Hotel California adds significantly to the original release. Plus, new CDs from Uncle Walt's Band, Justin Hinds, A Hawk and a Hacksaw, The Claudettes, and Vivian Leva
Monday Feb 26, 2018 10:00 PM ET
A new box set expands on Fleetwood Mac's breakthrough 1975 album, their first with Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks. Plus, CDs from Andrew Sheppard, Sue Foley, and Sam Lewis.
Wednesday Feb 21, 2018 55:00 PM ET
Roxy Music's adventurous 1972 debut reappears in a dramatically expanded 45th anniversary box set. Plus, new CDs from Gus Spenos, Ben de la Cour, and Birch Perieia.
Monday Feb 12, 2018 15:00 PM ET
Another treasure from Chip Taylor, plus a second coming for Dylan's gospel years, a new album from James Hunter, and reissues from The Choir and Chris Hillman.
Wednesday Feb 7, 2018 35:00 AM ET
A new concert film captures the Bee Gees on a 1989 world tour. Plus, albums from Nina Simone and Sunny War, and an Elmore James tribute.
Wednesday Jan 31, 2018 05:00 PM ET
U2's powerful and cohesive 'Joshua Tree' gets a well-deserved big-box reissue. Plus new albums from Chris Smither, the Naked Sun, and Dale Boyle.
Sunday Jan 21, 2018 50:00 PM ET
A previously unavailable Phil Ochs concert underscores his great talent. Plus, a triple solo album from Translator's Steve Barton and blues rock from Rex Granite Band and Backtrack Blues Band.
Wednesday Jan 10, 2018 50:00 PM ET
Burger reviews a previously unavailable Del Shannon album, another Big Star release, and more.
Tuesday Dec 19, 2017 05:00 PM ET
A new release features a fine live performance of Love's classic third album. Plus new releases from Dinosaur Eyelids and Raven and Red and an Appalachian folk collection.
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.

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