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date: 15 November 2019

Pareles, Jon(athan) locked

  • Glenda Goodman


(b Connecticut, 1953). American music critic. Raised in Connecticut, he played piano from an early age and took up jazz flute in high school. He attended Yale University, where he majored in music and was music director of the university radio station, WNHC. After graduating in 1974 he moved to Boston, where he launched his professional career as a freelance music critic. He wrote reviews for the “PopTop” section in Fusion, a free Boston newspaper, and at the same time contributed to the alternative weekly publication Real Paper. In 1975 his first submission to the pioneer rock-and-roll magazine Crawdaddy was accepted by writer John Swenson, catapulting Pareles into the national world of popular music criticism. After two years of freelancing, he became music editor at Crawdaddy, and he moved to New York in 1977. He left the magazine shortly before it folded in 1979 and became assistant editor at ...

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