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Mike Jahn

Mike Jahn

Mike Jahn was one of the first rock critics and the very first to do it full time for a major American newspaper, the New York Times. That could make him the first full time rock critic for any major media.

He began by writing for several small New York weeklies, the East Village Other and Village Voice, as well as the then-published, respected Saturday Review of Literature. In 1967 he began a weekly column for North American Newspaper Alliance (NANA) that before long was carried in more than 100 daily papers in the US, including nearly all major markets. In 1968 he was hired by the Times to replace Robert Shelton, their long-standing folk critic who "discovered" Dylan and stood by him during the "going-electric" uproar. Mike's instruction was to expand the coverage to rock. A few years back he gave this account of it in his blog:

Here's how the Times described me, in an anecdote that appears to have become boilerplate. So far it has appeared in my old editor Dick Shepard's "The Paper's Papers: A Journey Through the Archives of the New York Times"; Arthur Gelb's "City Room;" and the obituary of its late managing editor Clifton Daniel.

"Mr. Daniel relished his role in expanding the Times's coverage of arts news. 'Any newspaper that didn't cover a major industry in its community would be judged derelict,' he said. 'I thought the coverage should be conscientious, thoughtful, and thorough'... In 1968, when the Times retained a long-haired culture writer as a rock critic, Mr. Daniel enjoyed breaking the news gently to the well-groomed former marine who was then the paper's publisher, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger. 'His name is Mike Jahn,' Mr. Daniel wrote in a note to Mr. Sulzberger, 'and he is going to write pieces on folk/rock music.'

"Mr. Daniel went on to report that another editor had reassured him: 'Mr. Jahn wears his hair in a somewhat bizarre style — in fact he looks like a werewolf. But since his work will not require him to be in the office very much, I don't think he'll bite any of us.'"

Thus began my contribution to the debasement of American culture — introducing the New York Times to the coverage of popular culture, specifically rock and roll.

He covered Woodstock and the coming-out-of-retirement of Elvis Presley. He switched his NANA column over to the Times, becoming a founding columnist of the New York Times Special Features newspaper syndicate alongside Harrison Salisbury and Clifton Daniel. He had a weekly show on early progressive rock station WNEW-FM in New York alongside Scott Muni, who expressed his admiration for Mike's show by giving him the finger through the control room window.

Mike was an early Doors chronicler, to the point where, in its Morrison obit, Rolling Stone said that Mike "preceded Morrison as the lizard king with his book on the Doors."

Werewolf. Lizard king. After ten years as a leading rock critic he found himself "appalled by disco and confused by punk — I had hit 30 and become too old to get punk." He long had a policy of refraining from giving a bad review to any startup band or individual performer who hadn't gotten there yet. Mike did this even when it cost him money. So he quit rock writing and took advantage of the name writer status the Times byline gave him to begin a career writing mystery and suspense novels. He was immediately successful, as his first mystery/suspense, The Quark Maneuver, won a prestigious best-of-the-year Edgar Award. Over the years he has published more than 50 books, largely as Michael Jahn.

He also wrote a number of novelizations of TV shows, including The Six Million Dollar Man, that seem to have become cult items online. That is especially true for one in particular, The Secret of Bigfoot Pass, that Mike says he doesn't remember writing.

As of 2017, half a century down the road from earning his werewolf fangs, Mike is working on a memoir and tending his eponymous blog (http://mikejahn.moxietype.com/index.php). Therein he writes annual updates of his feature "My Dead Rock Stars," in which he riffs on all the rockers of his acquaintance. In his words:

I met a lot of rockers, famous or nearly so. I've known and loved and praised, hated and insulted, been insulted by, run into, run from, abused substances, had my ears assaulted, or otherwise invaded the private spaces of a lot of rock stars who have since become deceased, snuffed it, ceased to be, rung down the curtain, kicked the bucket, croaked, shuffled off this mortal coil, or in one way or another joined the choir invisible.

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 ...

Brian Auger, Julie Driscoll: Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger and the Trinity: Fillmore East, New York NY

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

BRITISH VISITORS PLAY JAZZY ROCK ...

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 Band: The Band (Capitol)

Review by Mike Jahn, Pop Scene Service, October 1969

The Band Does It Again ...

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 ...

Blue Cheer: Outsideinside (Philips)

Review by Mike Jahn, Pop Scene Service, November 1968

Group Does the Impossible Critic Raps Recording Of Favorite Song ...

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 ...

David Bowie: Carnegie Hall, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, Baltimore Sun, October 1972

One more freak show ...

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 ...

Tim Buckley: Lorca (Elektra)

Review by Mike Jahn, Detroit Free Press, September 1970

Tim Buckley — Folk's Own Jazz Singer ...

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 ...

Eric Burdon, War: Burdon Back With Black Band

Profile by Mike Jahn, Baltimore Sun, January 1971

ERIC BURDON and the Animals, along with the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, was one of the most impressive of the early British rock groups. ...

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 ...

Merry Clayton: The Spotlight's on Merry

Profile and Interview by Mike Jahn, Baltimore Sun, March 1972

MICK JAGGER, the satin-pants Satan, is o-o-o-ing ominously through 'Gimme Shelter'. He is doing all right, rocking the boat but not overturning it. But behind ...

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 ...

Leonard Cohen: This story about Leonard Cohen has sex in it

Memoir by Mike Jahn, Rock's Backpages, September 2009

I REMEMBER Leonard Cohen well from the Chelsea Hotel. This story has sex in it. ...

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 ...

Cream: Goodbye (Atco)

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

Cream, Separated, Releases 4th and Last Album, Goodbye ...

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 ...

Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup, Elvis Presley: Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup: Rock's Debt to Crudup

Report by Mike Jahn, Baltimore Sun, February 1972

BLUES SINGER Arthur (Big Boy) Crudup has spent most of his 67 years staring at bad crops, worse bills, garbage trucks and empty promises. He ...

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 ...

Bo Diddley: Sounds of the Seventies: A Bo Diddley Revival

Profile and Interview by Mike Jahn, Baltimore Sun, November 1971

LAST SUMMER at a Creedence Clearwater Revival concert there was an unannounced special, a warm-up band. Its leader was a middle-aged black man carrying a ...

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: 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 ...

The Doors: Jim Morrison is Sex Symbol

Profile by Mike Jahn, Pop Scene Service, April 1968

MORRISON STOOD at the microphone, left foot firmly planted on its base, both hands holding it to his lips like a 7-year-old gnawing a Baby ...

The Doors: Felt Forum, New York NYC

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

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

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 ...

Dr. John: Voodoo to Rock Roots

Profile and Interview by Mike Jahn, Baltimore Sun, May 1972

DR. JOHN inspires weirdness in those around him. Witness the press bio released by Atlantic Records: "...open a door into SHOOW HEEEH's lamblam another consciousness ...

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 ...

Ramblin' Jack Elliott: The Gaslight, New York NY

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

Jack Elliott Sings Dylan and Guthrie In Return to City ...

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 ...

Goldie & The Gingerbreads, Genya Ravan, Ten Wheel Drive: Genya Ravan: Goldie Zelkovich Breaks Loose

Profile and Interview by Mike Jahn, Baltimore Sun, October 1971

COLUMBIA RECORDS just bought Goldie Zelkovich away from Polydor Records, which makes Goldie very happy. ...

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 ...

Great Speckled Bird: Village Gate, New York NY

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

COUNTRY-FOLK BAND MAKES LOCAL DEBUT ...

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 ...

Jefferson Airplane, Grace Slick: Grace Slick: Dreams of Spain and More Children

Interview by Mike Jahn, Baltimore Sun, September 1973

NEW YORK — "I would like lo be a Spanish loose woman." Grace Slick says. This is not easy for her, as she is an ...

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 ...

Janis Joplin: Pearl, Last Album Janis Joplin Made, May Be Her Finest

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

JANIS JOPLIN'S last recording has been released by Columbia Records; sadly, it's her most impressive one. ...

Janis Joplin: "That night I was in England making a ham sandwich for Mama Cass"

Retrospective by Mike Jahn, Rock's Backpages, May 2009

EVERY NEWSPAPERMAN gets interesting letters. For example, the one dated April 26, 1971: ...

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 ...

John Lennon, Iggy Pop: Sounds Of The Seventies: Portrait Of A Naked Iggy

Report and Interview by Mike Jahn, Baltimore Sun, May 1971

ONE DAY late last December I came home and found this message on the tape recorder that answers my telephone when I'm not home: "This is ...

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 ...

MC5 Plays Basic Rock

Profile by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, June 1969

MC5, THE raucous rock band from Detroit, is playing through tomorrow night at Ungano's, a club at 210 West 70th Street. ...

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 ...

Mountain, a Rock Group, Rises From a Little Leftover Cream

Profile by Mike Jahn, New York Times, The, September 1969

A NEW ROCK group called Mountain may not entirely replace the late, honestly lamented British band Cream, but it is carrying on the tradition with ...

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 ...

The Platters, The Who: The Who: Fillmore East; The Platters: Felt Forum, New York NY

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

Britain's High-Decibel Group, The Who, Is Still Thundering ...

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 ...

Sly & The Family Stone: Sly Stone: An Obnoxious Great Musician

Report and Interview by Mike Jahn, Baltimore Sun, December 1970

SLY STONE mumbles. This is not unique; many big-name rock stars mumble and are incoherent. ...

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: Lament for the Village

Interview by Mike Jahn, Baltimore Sun, January 1973

"THIS WAS our last resort," Dave Van Ronk says, referring to Greenwich Village. "It was the only place we could live in, and it's been ...

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 ...

The Velvet Underground: Loaded (Cotillion)

Review by Mike Jahn, New York Times Special Features Syndication, January 1971

'Velvet Underground' Bridges Rock Gap ...

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 ...

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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 ...

Sounds Of The Seventies: Characters Find Oldies Shop

Interview by Mike Jahn, Baltimore Sun, June 1971

GO INTO YOUR average record store — the one with the Emerson, Lake and Palmer and Tom Jones covers all over the walls — and ...

Sounds of the Seventies: Graham is *#! mad again

Report and Interview by Mike Jahn, Baltimore Sun, May 1972

BILL GRAHAM stood with his hands behind his back, watching a man from Twentieth Century Fox tell a press conference how Graham and the company ...

Yippies Head for Chicago

Report and Interview by Mike Jahn, Pop Scene Service, March 1968

"OURS IS THE politics of ecstasy," said Abbie Hoffman, the New York Digger leader, for whom ecstasy is as much a public as a private ...

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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