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:''For the film producer, see [[Jon Landau (film producer)]]. For the Rhodesian politician, see [[John Landau]].
{{Infobox person
|name=Jon Landau
|birth_date={{birth date and age|1947|5|14}}
|birth_place=[[United States]]
|occupation=[[Record producer]], [[music critic]]
|spouse=Barbara Downey
|children=2
}}
'''Jon Landau''' (born May 14, 1947)<ref name=realpaper /> is an [[United States|American]] [[music critic]], [[Talent manager|manager]], and [[record producer]]. He has worked with [[Bruce Springsteen]] in all three capacities. He is the head of the nominating committee for the [[Rock and Roll Hall of Fame]].<ref>[http://www.futurerocklegends.com/Nominating_Committee.php Futurerocklegends.com]</ref>
 
Landau grew up in the [[Boston]] suburbs and earned a degree in History from [[Brandeis University]] with honors.<ref>{{cite news |title=Faux Americana: Why I still love Bruce Springsteen |first= Stephen |last= Metcalf |work= Slate |date= May 2005 |url= http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/music_box/2005/05/faux_americana.html }}</ref>
 
As a critic, Landau wrote for ''[[Rolling Stone]]'' from its first issue and for other publications. In Volume 1, Number 1 of ''Rolling Stone'', published on 9 November 9, 1967,<ref>"Hendrix and Clapton, p. 18.</ref> Landau compared [[Jimi Hendrix]] and his debut album, ''[[Are You Experienced]]'', to [[Eric Clapton]] and [[Cream (band)|Cream]]'s debut album, ''[[Fresh Cream]]'' (both released months before, and both Hendrix and Cream having made huge American splashes as live performers that summer). The next few issues saw Landau staking out more traditional R&B and soul territory with profiles of [[Aretha Franklin]],<ref>''Rolling Stone'', 1967.11.23, vol. 1, no.2, "Aretha," p. 16</ref> and [[Sam and Dave]],<ref>''Rolling Stone'', 1968.01.20, vol. 1, no. 4.</ref> plus a posthumous [[Otis Redding]] appreciation.
 
Landau's 1974 article in ''[[The Real Paper]]'',<ref name=realpaper>{{cite web|url=http://home.theboots.net/theboots/articles/future.html |archiveurl = https://web.archive.org/web/20030202021626/http://home.theboots.net/theboots/articles/future.html | archivedate = February 2, 2003 | first= Jon | last= Landau | title = Growing Young With Rock and Roll | publisher=''[[The Real Paper]]'' via TheBoots.net |date= May 22, 1974 | accessdate=October 23, 2012}} Writing ahead of a weekly newspaper's May 22, 1974 publication date: "I'm 27 today...."</ref> wherein he claimed, "I saw rock and roll's future and its name is Bruce Springsteen," is credited by [[Nick Hornby]]<ref>{{cite web | url = https://www.nytimes.com/2004/05/21/opinion/21HORN.html?ex=1400472000&en=eb45d83049f168aa&ei=5007&partner=USERLAND | title = Rock of Ages | work = [[The New York Times]] | first= Nick | last= Hornsby | authorlink = Nick Hornby | date=2004-05-May 21, 2004 |accessdate=1 May 2012-05-01}}</ref> and others with fostering Springsteen's popularity. Landau was then hired by Springsteen, and is cited as co-producer on Springsteen studio records from 1975's ''[[Born to Run]]'' through 1992's ''[[Human Touch]]'' and ''[[Lucky Town]]''. Landau is considered to have influenced Springsteen artistically<ref>{{cite web | title=Faux Americana: Why I still love Bruce Springsteen | first=Stephen |last=Metcalf | url=http://www.slate.com/id/2117845 | publisherwork=[[Slate.com (magazine)|Slate]] | accessdate=2014-11-22 November 2014}}</ref> as well as professionally.
 
Other artists that Landau has managed or produced include [[MC5]], [[Livingston Taylor]], [[Jackson Browne]], [[Natalie Merchant]], [[Alejandro Escovedo]],<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.reuters.com/article/pressRelease/idUS10028+18-Apr-2008+PRN20080418 |title=Reuters Review of Escovedo's new album Real Animal |publisheragency=Reuters.com |dateaccessdate=1 May |accessdate=2012-05-01}}</ref> [[Train (band)|Train]],<ref>[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jon-landau The Huffington Post]</ref> and [[Shania Twain]].
 
Landau was once married to ''[[The New York Times]]'' film critic (and later book reviewer) [[Janet Maslin]]. He later married Barbara Downey, a former ''Rolling Stone'' editor. They have two children, Kate, also an artist manager, and Charles.
 
In 2011, Landau had a growth in his brain surgically removed. The surgery resulted in the loss of sight in one eye.<ref>Remnick, David. ''The New Yorker,'', [http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2012/07/30/120730fa_fact_remnick?currentPage=all "We Are Alive,"] July 30, 2012.</ref>
 
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