Writer and publisher John Swenson dies at 71






(CelebrityAccess) – Writer and editor John Swenson died this morning after a long battle with cancer, as reported Offset. He was 71 years old.

John Swenson (Image: Rocks Back Pages)

Swenson began his writing career in 1967, writing about popular music of the time. He edited jazze.com for Knit Media and worked as an editor at Crawdaddy, Rolling Stone, Circus, Rock World, and contributed to the writing and editing of OffBeat magazine. A syndicated music columnist for over 20 years at United Press International and Reuters, he has appeared in virtually every popular music magazine throughout his career.

Larry LeBlanc, Senior Journalist at CelebrityAccess, said, “John Swenson was one of America’s finest music journalists. He was my editor for several publications in the 1970s, and he taught me the importance of research and clear writing.

Swenson is the author of 14 published books, including biographies of Bill Haley, The Who, Stevie Wonder, and the Eagles. He also co-edited the original Rolling Stone Records Guide with colleague Dave Marsh and edited Rolling Stone’s guide to jazz and blues albums.

In addition to his love of music, he was a seasoned sportswriter who covered the New York Rangers for 30 years. His profile on horse jockey Steve Cauthen, Rise to fame, fall from grace for Spur magazine was nominated for an Eclipse Award.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara.