Jon Bream


Jon Bream has covered popular music for the Minneapolis Star Tribune since 1974, giving him the second longest tenure of any current daily newspaper pop-music critic in the United States. He writes about all styles of music except classical.

Bream’s widely acclaimed “Whole Lotta Led Zeppelin: The Illustrated History of the Heaviest Band of All Time” (2008) has just been published in paperback by Voyageur Press (Fall 2010).  He is also the author of the much-lauded “Neil Diamond is Forever: The Illustrated Story of the Man and His Music” (2009) and the best-selling biography, “Prince: Inside the Purple Reign” (1984).

In addition to the Star Tribune, Bream has published reviews and features in countless newspapers from the Boston Globe to the Los Angeles Times and in various magazines, including Rolling Stone, Billboard, Creem, Entertainment Weekly, Vibe and TV Guide. A widely recognized expert on Prince, Bream has been interviewed by all kinds of media, ranging from the BBC to USA Weekend to Switzerland’s Le Temps. He is also a longtime voter for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

A native of St. Paul, Minnesota, Bream earned a journalism degree from the University of Minnesota. Some of his readers have suggested that he return to college for some music appreciation classes.


Photo by Jeff Wheeler.

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