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?,” an online series presented by the Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music at Monmouth University. The episode goes live on Tuesday, Dec. 15 at 10 a.m., 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 Roll 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-1960s, 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.
About BSACAM: The Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music at Monmouth University serves as the official archival repository for Bruce Springsteen’s written works, photographs, periodicals, and artifacts. The Center preserves and promotes the legacy of Bruce Springsteen and his role in American music, while honoring and celebrating icons of American music like Woody Guthrie, Robert Johnson, Hank Williams, Frank Sinatra, and others. The Archives comprise nearly 35,000 items from 47 countries, ranging from books and concert memorabilia to articles and promotional materials. The collection serves the research and informational needs of music fans, scholars, authors, and others with a serious interest in the life and career of Bruce Springsteen. By appointment only. Contact Eileen Chapman at the Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music at 732-571-3512, or firstname.lastname@example.org