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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>
 
Aligning himself with the growing underground culture of late-'60s Boston, Jon Landau carved out a niche for himself while writing for the music magazine CrawDaddy!. A failed performer yet a passionate, devoted fan, Landau championed the straightforward rock & roll that he loved, and wrote scathing reviews of what he saw as the overblown, pretentious San Francisco scene<ref>{{cite web|last1=Kurutz|first1=Steve|title=Artist Biography - Jon Landau|url=https://www.allmusic.com/artist/jon-landau-mn0000255986|website=AllMusic|accessdate=22 March 2018}}</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 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.