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Jon Landau (born 1947) is an Americanmarker music critic, manager and record producer, most known for his association in all three capacities with Bruce Springsteen.

He is currently the head of the nominating committee for the Rock and Roll Hall of Famemarker.

As a critic, Landau wrote for Rolling Stone and other publications. At the height of the guitarist's prowess in the band Cream, and following a lackluster performance at Brandeis Universitymarker, Landau accused Eric Clapton of being merely a "master of blues clich├ęs". Clapton was very sensitive to criticism, and Landau's words helped contribute to the demise of Cream, a band that was already on the verge of dissolution due to internal problems, including the lack of inspiration which Landau perceived. Later, he gave The Rolling Stones' record Sticky Fingers a negative review in Rolling Stone magazine . The magazine later listed it as the 63rd greatest album of all time .

He also gave a lukewarm review of Bob Dylan's 1975 album Blood on the Tracks, arguing that it would "only sound like a great album for a while". Blood on the Tracks has nonetheless been considered one of Dylan's finest works. The magazine later listed it as the 16th greatest album of all time.

Landau's prophetic 1974 article in The Real Paper , wherein he famously claimed "I saw rock and roll future and its name is Bruce Springsteen", is credited by Nick Hornby and others with fostering Springsteen's popularity. Landau was then hired by Springsteen, and is cited as co-producer on Springsteen studio records from 1975's Born to Run, through 1991's Human Touch and Lucky Town. He is considered to have influenced Springsteen artistically as well as professionally.

Other artists that Landau has managed and/or produced include Livingston Taylor, Jackson Browne, Alejandro Escovedo, and Shania Twain, among others.

Landau was once married to the New York Times film critic (and later book reviewer) Janet Maslin. He is now married to Barbara Downey, a former Rolling Stone editor; they have two children.

In January 2009 Landau received complaints about taking part in the controversial music industry practice of giving a major retailer release exclusives. Wal-Martmarker was the only retailer allowed to sell the Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band "Greatest Hits" CD.

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