Reporter and critic | Pop music
Jon Bream has been a music critic at the Star Tribune since 1975, making him the longest tenured pop critic at a U.S. daily newspaper. He has attended more than 8,000 concerts and written four books (on Prince, Led Zeppelin, Neil Diamond and Bob Dylan). Thus far, he has ignored readers’ suggestions that he take a music-appreciation class.
Bream has interviewed such music royalty as the King of Pop (Michael Jackson), the Queen of Soul (Aretha Franklin) and Prince as well as Bob Dylan, U2, three Beatles, four Rolling Stones and all of Maroon 5. He has performed with Alice Cooper, jogged with Willie Nelson and walked the streets of New York with Bruce Springsteen. A longtime voter for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Bream has also written for the Los Angeles Times, Billboard, Vibe and other publications. He has a journalism degree from the University of Minnesota, where he established the Jon Bream Scholarship for Arts Criticism.
Recent content from Jon Bream
Choirs overcome these pandemic times by blending technology and solo singing into virtual performances, some of which are included.
A few venues are plugging back in with limited capacities.
Edina author writes about his "wild fantasy" years working with the Godfather of Soul.
Go behind the scenes with some of the greatest stars and those you might have just met.
A Twin Cities singer is bringing the Instrument of Hope, inspired by a Florida school shooting, to Minneapolis in honor of her sons' school lunchroom helper: Philando Castile.
Longtime bar singers celebrate classic songs from the Eagles, Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra and more.
Steve Parke shares photos and stories of his 14 years working with the Purple One.