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Bruce Springsteen Archives Talks with Rock Hall Inductee Jon Landau

December 9, 2020

Jon Landau, Bruce Springsteen’s longtime manager and co-producer, will be the featured guest on the next episode of What’s Up on E Street?, the online series presented by the Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music at Monmouth University.

The episode goes live on Tuesday, December 17th at 10AM, and can be accessed on the Bruce Springsteen Archives & Center for American Music website or via the Springsteen Archives’ Facebook page.

Landau was recently inducted into the Rock and Rock Hall of Fame, receiving the 2020 Ahmet Ertegun Award for Lifetime Achievement, which honors songwriters, producers, disc jockeys, record executives, journalists, and other industry professionals who have had a major influence on rock & roll.

Landau started as a pioneer rock journalist in the mid-sixties, contributing to the earliest rock publications including Crawdaddy, The (Boston) Phoenix, and Rolling Stone.  Many credit him with assisting Springsteen’s career when, in 1974, he wrote “I saw rock and roll’s future and its name is Bruce Springsteen” in The Real Paper, another Boston-area alternative weekly newspaper. He later became Springsteen’s manager, and the two have worked closely together since.

“Most Springsteen fans know Jon Landau as Bruce’s manager as well as the co-producer of some of his greatest albums,” said music historian Bob Santelli, who interviews Landau.  “But Jon already had a successful career as a music critic and editor before he met Bruce.  He influenced an entire generation of music journalists with his savvy criticism and incredible music knowledge.”

What’s Up on E Street? is a series that highlights the individual members of the band and how they are dealing with the global COVID-19 pandemic. Previous interviews include other E Street Band members Nils Lofgren, Roy Bittan, Max Weinberg, Garry Tallent, and Steven VanZandt. Movie producer Thom Zimny, longtime Springsteen videographer and producer of Letter to You, spoke with Santelli during a special Thanksgiving edition.