Jeff Burger

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Jeff Burger has been a writer and editor for more than four decades and has covered popular music throughout his journalism career. His reviews, essays, and reportage have appeared in more than 75 magazines,…
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Jeff Burger has been a writer and editor for more than four decades and has covered popular music throughout his journalism career. His reviews, essays, and reportage have appeared in more than 75 magazines, newspapers, and books, including Barron’s, The Los Angeles Times, Family Circle, Melody Maker, High Fidelity, Creem, Circus, Reader’s Digest, Gentlemen’s Quarterly, All-Music Guide, and No Depression. He has published interviews with many leading musicians, including Tom Waits, Billy Joel, the Righteous Brothers, and the members of Steely Dan, and with such public figures as Suze Orman, James Carville, Sir Richard Branson, F. Lee Bailey, Sydney Pollack, and Cliff Robertson.

Burger has been editor of several periodicals, including Phoenix magazine in Arizona, and he spent 14 years in senior positions at Medical Economics magazine, the country’s largest business magazine for doctors. A former consulting editor at Time Inc., he currently serves as editor of Business Jet Traveler, which the American Society of Business Publication Editors named one of the country’s ten best business magazines in 2011.

Burger edited Springsteen on Springsteen: Interviews, Speeches and Encounters, which Chicago Review Press will publish in April 2013. He is at work on a similar anthology devoted to Leonard Cohen, which will also be published by Chicago Review Press.

He lives in Ridgewood, N.J., with his wife, puppeteer Madeleine Beresford, and son, Andre.

Desert Island Picks

1. Eric Andersen - Collection

2. Bach - Brandenberg Concertos (Johannes Somary & English Chamber Orchestra)

3. Beach Boys - Good Vibrations: 30 Years of the Beach Boys

4. Beatles - Revolver

5. Beatles - Rubber Soul

6. Tim Buckley - Happy Sad

7. Lloyd Cole & the Commotions - Rattlesnakes

8. Sam Cooke - A Man and His Music

9. Nick Drake - Bryter Layter

10. Bob Dylan - Blonde on Blonde

11. Bob Dylan - Blood on the Tracks

12. Bob Dylan - Highway 61 Revisited

13. Duke Ellington - Blanton-Webster Band

14. Elvis Presley - The Complete 50s Masters

15. Chris Isaac - Baja Sessions

16. John Phillips - John Phillips

17. Love - Forever Changes

18. Love - Love

19. Van Morrison - Astral Weeks

20. Mozart - Piano Concertos 20 & 21 (Geza Anda & Vienna Symphony Orchestra)

21. Elliott Murphy - Lost Generation

22. Pavlov's Dog - At the Sound of the Bell

23. Pink Floyd - Ummagumma

24. Pretenders - The Singles

25. Rolling Stones - Aftermath

26. Rolling Stones - Between the Buttons

27. Simon and Garfunkel - Bookends

28. Frank Sinatra - The Capitol Years

29. Bruce Springsteen - Born to Run

30. Bruce Springsteen - Darkness on the Edge of Town

31. Bruce Springsteen - The River

32. Bruce Springsteen - The Wild, the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle

33. Various Artists - Phil Spector: Back to Mono (1958 - 1969)

34. Various Artists - The Doo Wop Box

35. Velvet Underground - Peel Slowly and See