Jeff Tamarkin

Jeff Tamarkin - Editor

Hoboken, NJ, USA

Author and editor specializing in music and popular culture.

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I'm a writer and editor with decades of experience, specializing in music and popular culture, as well as other non-fiction subjects. I am the author/co-author of two biographies of classic rock legends, and have written thousands of feature articles and reviews for dozens of outlets. I have served as the editor of several major music publications.

I work one on one with authors, providing editorial analysis and suggestions, fact0checking, developmental edits, etc.
English (US)
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Work experience


November, 1976 – Present (almost 44 years)

For more than four decades, I have been a prolific music and popular culture journalist, editor and historian. For 15 years I was Editor of Goldmine Magazine. I also served as the first Editor of CMJ (formerly College Media Journal), and as Editor of Relix and Global Rhythm magazines. I spent seven years as Associate Editor of JazzTimes magazine. I have written for dozens of publications and online utlets, including Mojo, New York Daily News, Newsweek, Playbill, Billboard, Newsday, Tidal and others, and I regularly write program notes for jazz, pop/rock and world music concerts at Carnegie Hall and Jazz at Lincoln Center.

I have contributed liner notes to more than 75 albums, by artists as diverse as Bobby McFerrin, Steve Earle, the Beach Boys, Tom Jones, J. Geils Band, the Grateful Dead and Merle Haggard. I have also served on the Nominating Committee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and as a consultant to the Grammys. My first full-length book, Got a Revolution! The Turbulent Flight of Jefferson Airplane (Atria Books), was published in 2003. I am also the co-author of Howard Kaylan’s Shell Shocked: My Life with the Turtles, Flo and Eddie, and Frank Zappa, etc., published in April 2013 (Backbeat Books). I have written hundreds of press releases and bios for artists, record companies and publicity firms, including Universal Music, Sony, Rhino, Shanachie, Shout Factory, ShoreFire, Madison House, and many others. I am currently the editor of a classic rock website.

As an editor, in addition to editing thousands of issues of magazines and several websites, I have edited a number of books, including several novels by Caroline Leavitt, the memoir of musician Andy Cahan, a book of comic-book depictions of Grateful Dead songs and more.

Portfolio (13 selected works)

Got a Revolution!: The Turbulent Flight of Jefferson Airplane

Tamarkin, Jeff, Kantner, Paul, Wenner, Jann

Pictures of You

Leavitt, Caroline

Coming Back to Me: A Novel

Leavitt, Caroline

Is This Tomorrow: A Novel

Leavitt, Caroline

Into Thin Air

Leavitt, Caroline

Girls In Trouble

Leavitt, Caroline

Living Other Lives

Leavitt, Caroline

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