Bruce Springsteen inducted supervisor Jon Landau into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the uncommon honor of receiving the Ahmet Ertegun Award, which is reserved for songwriters, producers, document firm executives through the digital ceremony aired on HBO Saturday night time).
Springsteen talked about first coming throughout Landau’s work as a rock critic, years earlier than they met. “One of my first recollections of Jon Landau was his trashing of the Blues Challenge in Crawdaddy,” Springsteen laughed. “I used to be considering, ‘Who does this man assume he’s?’”
Springsteen’s section — which was produced by director Thom Zimny (“Letter to You,” “Western Stars”) — shone a light-weight on Landau, and included perception from label mogul Jimmy Iovine, who was Springsteen’s engineer within the mid-1070s, Jann Wenner, who revealed his work for a decade in Rolling Stone, and Jackson Browne, whose “The Pretender” album was produced by Landau.
With this, he turns into one of a handful of managers ever to obtain the award. Prior recipients included Beatles supervisor Brian Epstein and Rolling Stones supervisor Andrew Loog Oldham. Irving Azoff was additionally bestowed with the Ertegun-named honor in a section launched by Don Henley, Joe Walsh, Gwen Stefani and extra earlier than inducting himself into the Hall.
“As a critic he was very measured and considerate, however he might take you down,” Springsteen stated of Landau, whereas additionally saying his favourite album with Landau within the co-producer function was the landmark “Born to Run.” The singer stated Landau launched him throughout that album’s making to a magical idea: “enhancing.”
“You imply take one thing out?” Springsteen laughed. “No, no no. We’re the blokes that put all the things in. I don’t take something out.”
Landau, Springsteen stated, created a “managerial type based mostly round not simply the enterprise, however nurturing the very best inventive objectives together with the non-public development.”
He continued: “Nobody did that earlier than Jon Landau, and I don’t assume anybody’s accomplished it since.”
Landau started to transition from critic to producer with information by the MC5 and Livingston Taylor.
“I used to be born to be a critic. I obtained consideration with some kind of success, however I used to be fully swept up in rock music and R&B. … I actually wished to cross over from writing in regards to the music to producing music. The primary probability was the good MC5 and then with Livingston Taylor,” stated Landau as he accepted the honour. “After all then I met Bruce [Springsteen] and all the things modified. I went to see him on this little membership, perhaps 15 individuals there. He was simply the best. I noticed him a second time, it was even higher. Afterward I wrote an article that I’m nonetheless proud of to today.”
He was referring to penning a well-known overview in 1974 in regards to the Freehold native, with the long-lasting quote: “I noticed rock ‘n’ roll future and its identify is Bruce Springsteen.”
By 1975, he was a co-producer on Springsteen’s breakthrough album, “Born to Run,” guiding the younger artist in direction of a much less eclectic and “a extra streamlined sound,” Springsteen wrote in his 2016 e book, “Born to Run.” Landau served in that function for each album (with the exception of “Nebraska”) by means of 1995. He went on to handle Shania Twain, Natalie Service provider, Practice and Alejandro Escovedo, all of whom he thanked in his acceptance speech.
Greater than a supervisor and producer, Landau performed a big function as good friend and protector of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, steering him in direction of remedy and away from the darkness of despair.
“As a author Jon was on the forefront; as a producer, he was vital,” Springsteen stated. “He has all the time been an unimaginable good friend.”