Jeff Tamarkin

Jeff Tamarkin – Editor

Author and editor specializing in music and popular culture.

Overview

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, fact-checking, developmental edits, etc.
Services
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Entertainment Music
Languages
English (US)

Work experience

Self-employed

Nov, 1976 — Present

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 outlets, 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.

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Charley V.

Charley V.

May, 2022

Jeff was highly efficient and very knowledgeable on the subject matter. It was an honor working with him on this project and would very highly recommend him in the future. Thanks, Jeff, for all the time and effort you put forth into this project.
Jeff T.
Thanks! Right back at ya! Good luck with it.
Matthew F.

Matthew F.

Oct, 2021

Detailed and thorough work. Knew what it took to take my raw manuscript and buff it to a showroom shine.
Jeff T.
Thanks, Matthew, and good luck!
Al H.

Al H.

Oct, 2021

Jeff was remarkable. He did an excellent job copyediting my manuscript. He also made solid structural suggestions and planted "red flags" in sections of the text that required more scrutiny and research. Plus, because he was knowledgeable about rock 'n' roll history, Jeff corrected music industry names, locations, and timelines. Communication between Jeff and me was clear and effortless. Jeff...
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Jeff T.
Thanks so much, Al! Good luck with the book!
Sean B.

Sean B.

Sep, 2021

Great to work with. Professional and objective yet also shared subjective views.
Jeff T.
Thanks! Great working with you. Good luck!
Jim C.

Jim C.

Aug, 2021

Jeff did a tremendous job editing my book. He cleaned up many grammatical , punctuation and spelling mistakes and smoothed out a lot of messy sections . He also gave me a lot of big picture feedback which was really helpful . He was easy to work with and very encouraging as well.
Jeff T.
Thanks so much, Jim! Loved the book. Good luck with it!

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