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'''Jon Landau''' (born May 14, 1947)<ref name=realpaper /> is an 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>[]</ref>
==Early Lifelife==
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= }}</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=|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.
Landau has been responsible for the liner notes for ''The Atlantic Albums Collection'' by [[Aretha Franklin]] (2015), ''Soul Manifesto: 1964-1970'' by [[Otis Redding]] (2015), and ''The Complete Atlantic Albums Collection'' by [[Wilson Pickett]] (2017).
==Personal Lifelife==
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.