Michael Jahn

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Joseph Michael Jahn (born August 4, 1943) is an American author and critic.

He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and raised in Sayville, New York. He moved to New York City in 1966 and was educated at Dowling College, Adelphi University, and Columbia University.Using the byline Mike Jahn, in 1968 he became the first rock journalist of The New York Times and the first full-time rock writer for any major daily newspaper. According to the Times metropolitan editor Arthur Gelb, he hired Jahn specifically to inaugurate the newspaper's coverage of rock music. One of his first assignments was to cover the Woodstock Festival.

Jahn wrote more than 200 reviews of performances by rock bands and individual folk and blues artists for the New York Times between 1968 and 1971. Jahn also wrote a column syndicated by North American Newspaper Alliance, 1967-1970, and The New York Times, 1970-1973. Jahn wrote Jim Morrison and the Doors: An Unauthorized Book, the first book about The Doors, and was mentioned by name in the Rolling Stone obituary of MorrisonJahn, Mike. Jim Morrison and the Doors: An Unauthorized Book. New York, Workman, 1969.

In the mid-1970s, Jahn switched to writing mystery/suspense fiction, eventually publishing about 50 novels and movie and TV adaptations,...
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