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, fact-checking, developmental edits, etc.
English (US)
Biographies & Memoirs

Work experience


November, 1976 – Present (about 45 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 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.

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

Jeff has 6 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Matthew Frederick
Detailed and thorough work. Knew what it took to take my raw manuscript and buff it to a showroom shine.

Matthew Frederick, October 2021

Jeff Tamarkin
Thanks, Matthew, and good luck!

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Al Hunter Jr.
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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Al Hunter Jr., October 2021

Jeff Tamarkin
Thanks so much, Al! Good luck with the book!

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Sean Boyd
Great to work with. Professional and objective yet also shared subjective views.

Sean Boyd, September 2021

Jeff Tamarkin
Thanks! Great working with you. Good luck!

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Jim Coyle
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.

Jim Coyle, August 2021

Jeff Tamarkin
Thanks so much, Jim! Loved the book. Good luck with it!

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Edward Jabari
Jeff is professional and has a solid grasp on the 'rock counterculture' and of many of the societal issues I explore in my first book. He provided extensive, thoughtful feedback on the first draft and was a pleasure to work with. Highly recommend!

Edward Jabari, May 2021

Jeff Tamarkin
Thanks so much, Ed. I enjoyed working on your book very much and I think you have the makings of something special there. Good luck with it!

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