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Mike Jahn

Mike Jahn

From Dowling College's "Featured Alumni"

When Michael Jahn ('65) was writing and editing The New Voice, the campus newspaper of its time, or sitting on the bank of the Connetquot playing guitar and, in his words, "annoying those unlucky enough to walk nearby," few guessed that he was building a career. But three years after graduation he merged his music with his writing to stun the music world by becoming the first rock critic of The New York Times, covering the Woodstock Festival and hobnobbing with Jimi Hendrix and other stars of that era. And ten years following that, Jahn's first original mystery/suspense novel, The Quark Maneuver, won the prestigious Edgar Award, launching the career path he enjoys today-internationally published author of more than 50 books who is acknowledged to be one of America's premier authors of detective fiction. His first daily newspaper job was at The New York Times? His first mystery novel won a major literary award? Not too shabby. And it all began at Dowling College. "Let's ignore the 'D' in Creative Writing," he adds.

Jahn has deep roots in the area, being a native of Sayville and the son of the late Joseph C. Jahn, the editor of The Suffolk County News and an adjunct professor of journalism at Dowling. Jahn lived for a time at Meadow Croft, the former John E. Roosevelt Estate, where his grandparents were caretakers and are credited with preserving the estate during the four decades that preceded its takeover as the county park we see today. Jahn's uncle, Barney Loughlin, who was born on Meadow Croft, still maintains a vineyard there. It's open to the public on Sunday afternoons.

After graduating with a degree in social science/psychology and marrying classmate Catherine Knoll '65, Jahn worked on a master's in sociology at Adelphi University in Garden City and Columbia University in New York. At the same time, he was doing some freelance writing on the subject of folk, blues, and rock for several small newspapers and the prestigious weekly literary magazine, Saturday Review. It was during the anti-Vietnam War riots at Columbia in 1968 that Jahn got the lead that led to his joining The New York Times. He was "pulling an all-nighter" with a group of reporters, one of whom mentioned that The Times was looking for someone to replace Robert Shelton, its legendary folk music reviewer who quit to write a biography of Bob Dylan. "Why don't you send in your clips?" the man suggested. "Nobody starts their daily newspaper career at The New York Times," Jahn replied. Three weeks later, he had his first byline in the Times. Shortly thereafter, he found himself being asked to expand the role to include the progressive rock that was breaking out all over during the late 1960s. Jahn became the first person to cover rock for a major media outlet, and his writing amounted to The New York Times beginning to cover an industry. Previously, the only time that the Times covered the subject was when the fans of Elvis Presley or the Beatles broke into a riot. This innovation made Jahn something of a celebrity, with frequent TV appearances including being interviewed by David Frost on national television and his own show on then-leading radio station WNEW-FM.

"If they had cable TV in those days I would have been a pundit, one of those irritating people who show up every night pretending to know everything," Jahn said. He also met a lot of rock legends and became controversial. In short order, Jahn had:

* put Jim Morrison on the floor by shaking his hand too hard, and earned himself a mention in Morrison's obituary in Rolling Stone
* been accused by John Lennon of conspiring with the CIA to get him thrown out of the country
* been shouted at by Janis Joplin backstage at Woodstock after telling her that her new band wasn't so hot
* Club hopped with Jimi Hendrix
* Shared a bottle of Irish whiskey with Rod Stewart in the back of a limo, which, Jahn says, "wasn't qualitatively different from some of those nights in the Dowling parking lot."

Tired of watching rock stars die and dispirited by the arrival of disco, Jahn used his notoriety to switch to his true passion-- writing mystery and suspense novels. He spent a year or two writing for MCA Universal, turning such TV and motion picture properties as The Six Million Dollar Man, The Rockford Files, and Black Sheep Squadron into novels. After his first mystery/suspense, the 1977 book The Quark Maneuver, won the Edgar Award, Jahn wrote several dozen books in a variety of genres. One of them, Kingsley's Empire, was a historical romance set largely in a Victorian estate patterned after Idle Hour and the Vanderbilt Mansion.

Jahn also worked briefly as director of public information at Dowling. Unrelated, he wrote an article in the Times describing the rebuilding of the mansion following the devastating fire of 1974. In the early 1980s he began the Bill Donovan Mysteries, the latest of which, Murder on the Waterfront (St. Martin's Press), is now in stores. The series features N.Y.P.D. Captain Donovan, an idiosyncratic detective with progressive political opinions, a multiracial wife who is tougher and a better shot than him, and a talent for solving unusual crimes set in New York landmarks. Coming next year: Murder in Coney Island, which Jahn just finished. And he spends a fair amount of time tending his website, Michael Jahn's New York, which details the Bill Donovan mysteries and highlights Jahn's colorful career.

"I ran away from the rock thing for many years, especially after winning the Edgar," Jahn said. "I was kind of embarrassed by my rock past, as if being a rock critic wasn't something done by an adult. I changed my byline from Mike Jahn to Michael Jahn to distance myself from those days. But now that the Internet has made one's past inescapable, I have come to realize that what I did in the late '60s and early '70s was kind of cool. When the Beatles' 'Come Together' can serve as a corporate anthem you know that what once seemed just a little superfluous has gone mainstream." He adds, "After all, those sixties kids are now my age and running America. And they never threw out their records." A quick search on Google on the bylines Mike Jahn and Michael Jahn (fiction) will turn up many of his old stories and a raft of reviews of his mysteries. The online bookseller Amazon.com lists 19 of his books. And The New Yorker said of him that "Jahn writes with a flourish that is entirely his own." <p.The "D" in Creative Writing notwithstanding. That grade was, he says, "thoroughly justified. I was arrogant and used to come into class claiming that the muse had gotten into a traffic accident on the way to my house, as a result of which I didn't write my homework assignment. In fact, I was afraid to get up in front of class to recite my words." He adds, "I got over that part." Mike lives in Bergen County, N.J., with his second wife, New York TV producer and director Ellen Lebetkin, and their seven-year-old, David. Jahn's grown son from his first marriage, Evan, has carried on the family rock tradition. As senior director of marketing at New York's Wind-Up Records, he is a member of the team responsible for the phenomenal success of Creed, currently the world's number one selling rock group.

List of articles in the library by artist

David Ackles: The Bitter End, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, December 1969

DAVID ACKLES is one of the more interesting young performers working in the Brecht/Weill area of dramatic song. The 32-year-old Californian, a former playwright, writes ...

The Archies: The Archies Are Fictional, But Their Success Is Not

Report and Interview by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, November 1969

CRITICS MAY debate whether some rock groups that make hit records should exist at all but what can one say about a hit record made ...

The Band Breathes Fresh Country Air Over Fillmore East

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, May 1969

THE BAND, WHICH was first known as Bob Dylan's back-up group, spent Friday and Saturday coolly circulating mountain air through the Fillmore East, 105 Second ...

The Band, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin, Sly & The Family Stone: The Band, Sly & The Family Stone, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin: Woodstock Music & Art Fair, Bethel, NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, August 1969

Rock Audience Moves to Dusk-to-Dawn Rhythms ...

The Band, Ronnie Hawkins: Ronnie Hawkins: Plugging Along The Publicity Route, But...?

Interview by Mike Jahn, New York Times Special Features Syndication, September 1972

THE HAWK blew into town recently, spewing one-liners and hoping that his big mouth would bring him fame instead of trouble this time. ...

The Band, The New York Rock & Roll Ensemble: The Band: Felt Forum, New York NY; The New York Rock & Roll Ensemble: Carnegie Hall, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, December 1969

'The Band' Rocks With Hillbilly Ease ...

The Beatles: Abbey Road (Apple)

Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, October 1969

Abbey Road by Beatles Marked by Moderation ...

The Beatles: Magical Mystery Tour

Review by Mike Jahn, Saturday Review, December 1967

WHOEVER IT WAS that wrote the Bhagavad-Gita (the Celestial Song of Hindu theology) intended to define the perfect disciple when he wrote: "Who sees Me ...

The Beatles: The Beatles [The White Album] (Apple)

Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, November 1968

TOMORROW THE BEATLES will release their first album in a year, titled simply The Beatles. ...

Big Brother & The Holding Company: Hunter College, NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, November 1968

BIG BROTHER and the Holding Company, which played before a packed auditorium at Hunter College Friday, has less than one month before Janis Joplin leaves ...

Big Brother & The Holding Company, Buddy Miles: Buddy Miles, Big Brother & The Holding Company: Fillmore East, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, January 1971

Buddy Miles Group And the Holding Co. Heard on Rock Bill ...

Blind Faith, Delaney & Bonnie and Friends: Madison Square Garden, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, July 1969

Blind Faith Group Sings ...

Blood Sweat & Tears: Blood. Sweat & Tears: Hunter College, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, November 1968

Blood Sweat and Tears Rocks with the Music of Al Kooper ...

Jose Feliciano, Willie Bobo: Downing Stadium, Randall's Island, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, July 1969

Jose Feliciano Gives A Bilingual Concert On Randall's Island ...

Arthur Brown: Fillmore East, New York

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, December 1968

Dramatic Rock: Arthur Brown's Costumes Give His Songs an Impressively Added Impact ...

Tim Buckley: Pop: Tim Buckley

Essay by Mike Jahn, Escapade, 1968

STANDING AT THE edge of Fire Island surf at seven in the morning is like standing with arms outstretched at the edge of the universe, ...

Tim Buckley: Carnegie Hall, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, November 1969

Tim Buckley sets Low-Keyed Mood At a Jazz Concert ...

Danny Kalb, Karen Dalton, Tim Buckley: Tim Buckley: Philharmonic Hall, New York NY; Danny Kalb: Café Au Go Go, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, March 1969

Poet-Singer Draws Throng With Band at Philharmonic ...

Eric Burdon, War: Eric Burdon & War: Felt Forum, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, September 1970

Eric Burdon Bows with New Group. Singer's Band, War, Proves It's a Magnificent One ...

The Byrds, Procol Harum: Fillmore East, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, June 1969

PROCOL HARUM, the Britons who fuse rock and classics, played their loud, dramatic music at the Fillmore East this weekend. ...

Canned Heat Adds Blues to Its Rock: Band at the Fillmore East Performs With Power

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, November 1968

CANNED HEAT is a soulful rock group that escaped from the psychedelic badlands of California and now is working hard to become the top blues ...

Canned Heat, John Lee Hooker: John Lee Hooker, Canned Heat: Carnegie Hall, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, April 1971

Hooker Performs With a Pop Group He Helped Inspire ...

Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band: Ungano's, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, January 1971

CAPTAIN BEEFHEART & the Magic Band, a Los Angeles group, is playing through tonight at Ungano's, 210 West 70th Street. ...

Johnny Cash: Madison Square Garden, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, December 1969

20,000 AT GARDEN HEAR JOHNNY CASH ...

Chicago, Johnny Winter: Fillmore East, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, November 1969

Blodwyn Pig Also on Bill of Jazz and Blues Rock ...

Joe Cocker & The Grease Band: Fillmore East, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, August 1969

Joe Cocker and the Grease Band Sound Off at the Fillmore East ...

Leonard Cohen: Rock Poetry Had A Lot Of Promise, Back Five And Six Years Ago.

Interview by Mike Jahn, New York Times Special Features Syndication, June 1973

DYLAN WAS at his peak, writing his brilliant "doomsday poems," and revolutionizing popular music. Colleges by the scores offered courses regarding pop song lyrics as ...

Alice Cooper: Alice and His $1 Million

Report and Interview by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, April 1973

"TO BE HONEST, I was a little worried about the guillotine," Alice Cooper says. "The safety doesn't work too well, and, well, there was that ...

Alice Cooper: Town Hall, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, May 1971

Concert in Drag By Alice Cooper, A Boy and Band ...

Alice Cooper: Boy-Girl Alice Cooper Puts on a Freaky Show

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, May 1970

ON STAGE, THE lead singer of a rock band, a young man named Alice Cooper, has taken off his silver jump suit to reveal black ...

Larry Coryell: Rock Guitarist Moves Along, Shunning the Blues

Profile and Interview by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, October 1968

IT SEEMS hard, almost impossible, to become a top rock guitarist without embracing the blues. But Larry Coryell, who is currently appearing at the Scene, ...

Country Joe & The Fish: Fillmore East, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, December 1968

Country Joe's Fish Make Heads Swim To Electric Sounds ...

Creedence Clearwater Revival: Fillmore East, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, March 1969

Californians Play Refreshing Rock At Fillmore East ...

Creedence Clearwater Revival: Madison Square Garden, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, May 1970

Garden Audience Dances and Sings To Creedence Rock ...

Bo Diddley, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Tower of Power: Forest Hills Tennis Stadium, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, July 1971

Bo Diddley Returns on Guitar At Forest Hills Rock Concert ...

Crosby Stills Nash & Young: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: Fillmore East, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, September 1969

COAST ROCK GROUP AT FILLMORE EAST. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Offer 2 Concerts in Debut ...

Delaney & Bonnie: Wollman Rink, Central Park, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, August 1970

Delaney & Bonnie And New Friends Give Park Concert ...

John Denver: The Bitter End, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, July 1971

John Denver Shows Sensitivity and Style In Bitter End Songs ...

John Denver: The Bitter End, New York NYC

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, April 1970

John Denver Spins Folk Spell In Bow At The Bitter End ...

Derek & The Dominos: Fillmore East, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, October 1970

DEREK AND the Dominos is Eric Clapton's new rock group, and the people in the audience who were chanting "Clapton" before the group came onstage ...

Donovan: Madison Square Garden, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, October 1969

Garden (Madison Sq.) Is Ideal For the Ever-Florid Donovan ...

The Doors: Felt Forum, New York NYC

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, June 1970

The Doors Draw Active Audience. Rock Group's Singer Has to Be Saved From Fans. ...

The Doors: Madison Square Garden, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, January 1969

20,000 Hear Doors Give Rock Concert In a Packed Garden ...

Dr. John, the Night Tripper: Steve Paul's Scene, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, July 1969

Dr. John Accents Drum's Rhythms. Afro-Cuban Music at Heart of Coast Musician's Songs ...

Bob Dylan: Nashville Skyline

Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, April 1969

WARMTH INVADES DYLAN RECORDINGNashville Skyline Reveals a More Polished Singer ...

Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Leon Russell, Ravi Shankar: George Harrison et al: Concert for Bangla Desh, Madison Square Garden, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, August 1971

Raga and Rock Link 2 Cultures ...

Elephant's Memory: Folk City, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, July 1971

Elephant's Memory Mixes Radicalism And a Rough Sound ...

Emerson Lake And Palmer: ELP: Fillmore East, New York NYC

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, May 1971

BRITISH BAND MAKES DEBUT AT FILLMORE ...

Fanny: Fillmore East, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, May 1971

Fanny, a Four-Girl Rock Group, Poses a Challenge to Male Ego ...

The Flock: Fillmore East, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, September 1969

THE FLOCK ROCKS AT FILLMORE EAST7-Man Group Mixes Music of Many Eras Well ...

Grand Funk Railroad: Shea Stadium, Brooklyn NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, July 1971

THE MAMMOTH Grand Funk Railroad concert last night before 55,000 people at Shea Stadium was really a spectacle, not a concert. ...

Grateful Dead: Fillmore East, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, April 1971

Grateful Dead Draws Far-Out Fans ...

Arlo Guthrie: Carnegie Hall, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, December 1969

Love Tales Sung By Arlo Guthrie – Talking-Blues Style Marks Concert at Carnegie Hall ...

Buddy Guy, Jefferson Airplane: Jefferson Airplane, Buddy Guy: Fillmore East, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, December 1968

Psychedelic Music Still Keeps The Jefferson Airplane Flying ...

Richie Havens: Fillmore East, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, November 1968

Richie Havens Puts Sincerity Into Songs, Guitar-Playing, Talk ...

Richie Havens: Philharmonic Hall, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, November 1969

RICHIE HAVENS, who has become one of the most important figures in folk music, performed at Philharmonic Hall last night. ...

Peter, Paul & Mary, Richie Havens, The Voices of East Harlem: Richie Havens, Peter, Paul & Mary, the Voices of East Harlem et al – Vietnam Moratorium Benefit, Madison Square Garden, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, January 1970

Garden Thronged for Songfest In Aid of Vietnam Moratorium ...

Ronnie Hawkins: Fillmore East, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, March 1970

Ronnie Hawkins on Fillmore Bill – Arkansan Shares Program With Stone the Crows ...

The Holy Modal Rounders: Folk City, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, June 1971

Holy Modal Rounders Playing Fractured Country Music Here ...

Ian and Sylvia: Café Au Go Go, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, January 1969

Ian and Sylvia, Folk Duo, Arrive With a New Country Sound Here ...

Jethro Tull: Fillmore East, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, December 1969

JETHRO TULL FOUR AT FILLMORE EASTFlute and Vocals Mainstay of British Rock Croup ...

Elton John: Carnegie Hall, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, June 1971

Solo, or With Group, Elton John Thrills Carnegie Audiences ...

Tom Jones: Madison Square Garden, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, June 1971

TOM JONES EXCELS IN GARDEN RECITAL ...

Janis Joplin & The Full Tilt Boogie Band: Forest Hills Stadium, Queens NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, August 1970

Janis Joplin and Her New Group Give Rousing Forest Hills Show ...

Janis Joplin: Fillmore East, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, February 1969

NEW BAND LIBERATES JOPLIN BLUES SOUND ...

Janis Joplin: Madison Square Garden, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, December 1969

Janis Joplin Gives A Rousing Display Of Blues and Rock ...

Albert King: Steve Paul's Scene, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, October 1968

Albert King, Guitarist, Gives Loud Support to Blues Power ...

The Kinks Draw An Unruly Crowd

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, April 1971

The Kinks: Philharmonic Hall, NYC ...

Led Zeppelin: Madison Square Garden, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, September 1970

ZEPPELIN BRINGS DRIVING STYLE HERE ...

Jerry Lee Lewis: Schaefer Music Festival, Central Park, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, July 1969

Jerry Lee Lewis Mixes Rock Styles In Schaefer Concert ...

Little Richard: Schaefer Music Festival, Central Park, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Post, August 1969

Little Richard Rouses Crowd At Central Park Rock Concert ...

Manhattan Transfer: Hunter College, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, March 1971

Old Songs Receive A Rock Treatment At Hunter College ...

John Mayall, Ten Years After: Ten Years After, John Mayall: Fillmore East, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, March 1969

10 Years After and John Mayall Present Blues at Fillmore East ...

MC5 Brings Back Body Rock To Overthrow The Country

Report by Mike Jahn, Pop Scene Service, March 1969

NEW YORK (PSS) – MC5, the Detroit rock band, has released its first album, Kick Out the Jams. Headquartered in Ann Arbor, near Detroit, MC5 ...

Mother Earth: Scene Is Rocked By Mother Earth

Profile and Interview by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, January 1969

Texas-Influenced Band At Nightclub Through Tonight ...

Frank Zappa, The Mothers Of Invention: Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention: Fillmore East, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, June 1971

Zappa's Musicians Rock Through Epic Of Stylized Traveler ...

Mountain: Fillmore East, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, April 1971

MOUNTAIN TURNS UP ROCK-MUSIC VOLUME ...

Charlie Musselwhite: The Charlie Musselwhite Blues Band: The Scene, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, January 1969

Group at The Scene Shows It's Together. Gutsy Sound Delivered With Rock Excitement ...

Phil Ochs: Hunter College, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, April 1971

Real Phil Ochs Back, But There's a Penalty ...

Pacific Gas & Electric: Museum of Modern Art, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, August 1969

Coast rock band plays at museum: Pacific Gas & Electric at "Jazz in Garden" Series ...

Pearls Before Swine: Rock Trio Avoids The Public Eye

Profile and Interview by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, December 1968

Pearls Before Swine is Content to Make Records ...

Poco: The Pavilion, Flushing Meadow Park, Queens, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, August 1969

West Coast Band Pavilion Winner: Poco Plays Country Music in Flushing Meadow Park ...

Elvis Presley to Make Personal Appearances

Report by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, December 1968

ELVIS PRESLEY, with one eye to the increasing interest in old-style rock and the other to his decreasing income from movie roles, is making plans ...

Elvis Presley's Comeback Gets Off To Exciting Start

Report by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, August 1969

ELVIS PRESLEY, the "old groaner" of the rock 'n' roll generation, still has his snarl. The acknowledged king of early rock opened a month's engagement ...

Quicksilver Messenger Service: Fillmore East, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, January 1970

Quicksilver Group Brings New Pianist To Fillmore East ...

Rare Earth: White Brothers

Interview by Mike Jahn, Words & Music, April 1973

PETE HOORELBEKE and Gil Bridges of Rare Earth were walking down West 113th Street in Manhattan heading for a Greek restaurant called Symposium. Bridges scanned ...

The Rolling Stones: Madison Square Garden, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, November 1969

The Rolling Stones Are Still ExcitingMadness of the Beatles Brought Here Again ...

Linda Ronstadt: Fillmore East, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, May 1971

Bright Song Style Of Linda Ronstadt Lights Up Fillmore ...

Buffy Sainte-Marie: Schaefer Music Festival, Central Park, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, July 1969

Miss Sainte-Marie Is Heard In Park: Individual Stylist Performs Some Protest Songs ...

Ike & Tina Turner, Sam & Dave: Felt Forum, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, November 1969

Soul Selections Get Sensual Treatment From Tina Turner ...

Johnny Winter, Sam & Dave: Sam & Dave: Fillmore East, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, December 1968

Soul Team Plays 'South of the Border' ...

Santana: Fillmore East, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, November 1969

SANTANA'S RHYTHMS HEARD IN 2 CONCERTS ...

Carly Simon: The Bitter End, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, May 1971

CARLY SIMON SINGS AT THE BITTER END ...

Nina Simone: Carnegie Hall, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, May 1971

Throng Welcomes Nina Simone, Back After Long Absence ...

Lightnin' Slim, Slim Harpo: Slim Harpo and Lightnin' Slim: Steve Paul's Scene, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, November 1968

Slim Harpo Offers Authenticity In Country Blues at the Scene. Harmonica Player Joined by Lightning Slim, Guitarist, in Low-Key Performance ...

Stephen Stills: Madison Square Garden, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, August 1971

Stephen Stills Plays at Garden In His First Solo Concert Here ...

The Stooges: The Pavilion, Flushing Meadow Park, Queens

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, September 1969

Stooges, Rock Group, Prefers To Accent Roll – and Squirm ...

The Stooges: Watch the Freak: Iggy Pop

Report by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, April 1970

IGGY POP – magnificent name, much better than Jim, which is really his name – is on national television. He is lead singer in a ...

Three Dog Night: If You Encounter a 6-Foot Frog

Report by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, August 1971

I HAD NEVER been to Dallas. I had not been opposed to going to Dallas. It just was not one of those places I had ...

Ike & Tina Turner: Ike and Tina Turner: Carnegie Hall, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, April 1971

The Turners Shift To a New Category Called Porno Soul ...

Dave Van Ronk, Townes Van Zandt: Townes Van Zandt: Bitter End, New York NY; Dave Van Ronk: Gaslight Café, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, May 1970

Two Folk Singers Show Varied Styles At Village Clubs ...

Velvet Underground: The Velvet Underground: Max's Kansas City, NYC

Report by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, July 1970

THE VELVET UNDERGROUND was playing experimental rock in 1965 when the Beatles just wanted hold your hand and San Francisco was still the place where ...

Loudon Wainwright III is Some Kind of Genius

Profile and Interview by Mike Jahn, New York Times Special Features Syndication, August 1971

LOUDON WAINWRIGHT III's first appearance in New York was an official big deal. The record company held a press party and invited the chic. ...

Loudon Wainwright III: The Gaslight, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, July 1971

Loudon Wainwright At Gaslight Evokes Dylan Comparisons ...

Muddy Waters: Museum of Modern Art, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, July 1969

Easy Does It as Muddy Waters Plays Blues at Outdoor Concert ...

The Who: Fillmore East, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, October 1969

THE WHO BRINGS ROCK OPERA HERETommy Begins 6-Day Run at the Fillmore East ...

The Who: Forest Hills Tennis Stadium, Queens NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, July 1971

The Who Play First Program Of '71 Here Despite Downpour ...

Johnny Winter: Blues Guitar Sound of Johnny Winter Comes North

Profile and Interview by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, January 1969

JOHNNY WINTER has spent years playing bars and lounges in the South and now, with fingers that fly across his guitar like a Texas tornado, ...

Johnny Winter: Forest Hills Music Festival, Queens NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, July 1969

Agility Marks Blues By Johnny Winter At Forest Hills Fete ...

Johnny Winter: The Making Of A Superstar

Report and Interview by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, 1969

THERE WAS THE Fillmore East, the East Coast's major rock palace, located ingratiously in a heap of garbage, drunks and weekend freaks on Second Ave. ...

Bill Withers: Bitter End, New York NYC

Live Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, July 1971

Bill Withers Plays In Soul-Folk Style ...

List of genre pieces

Rock Festivals: Sometimes You Can Even Hear The Music

Overview by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, July 1971

"EVERYONE'S SAYING the music's for free" — that's the line from a recent rock album by singer David Crosby. But there have been signs that ...

If You Think It's Groovy To Rap, You're Shucking

Overview by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, June 1971

WHEN YOU are trying to be a suburban Dharma Bum you have to try harder. Between the tennis court and the parking lot I read ...

Last Rites Are Merry Ones at the Fillmore East

Report by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, June 1971

WITH SEVERAL thousand dollars worth of free food and beer and what one Fillmore regular described as "the best vibes since the place opened," the ...

Recollected in Tranquility: Woodstock

Report by Mike Jahn, Music & Artists, June 1970

IN AUGUST 1969 we pulled into Woodstock, feeling about half-past dead. I had to go there and write about three days of love, peace and ...

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