Jon Burlingame


Jon Burlingame

Jon Burlingame is the nation’s leading writer on music for film and television. He regularly writes for the Daily Variety, the Los Angeles Times and has written for The New York Times, Washington Post, New York Daily News, Newsday, Premier, Emmy, and The Hollywood Reporter.

He has written four books: Sound and Vision: 60 Years of Motion Picture Soundtracks (Billboard Books, 2000); TV’s Biggest Hits (Schirmer Books, 1996); For the Record (Recording Musicians Association, 1997); and The Music of James Bond (Oxford University Press, 2012). Currently, he is writing his fifth book, The Newmans of Hollywood – a multi-generational biography of the legendary family of film composers.

Burlingame has also contributed chapters in other books: on Leonard Bernstein in On the Waterfront (Cambridge University Press, 2003), on John Williams in Boston Pops: America’s Orchestra (2000) and on Elmer Bernstein in Moving Music: Conversations With Renowned Film Composers (2003); music commentaries on DVDs King Kong (music of Max Steiner), The Sand Pebbles (Jerry Goldman), and The Pink Panther (Henry Mancini); soundtrack albums by John Williams, John Barry, and Alfred Newman; and program notes for film-music concerts at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Hollywood Bowl, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Burlingame often appears on segments for NPR, the BBC, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, and Bravo.

Burlingame served as a consultant on film- and TV-music programs for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C., the American Film Institute, and the archive program of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

In recent years, he has added “producer” to his busy career, producing and annotating a series of CDs of original music from the popular 1960s spy series The Man From U.N.C.L.E. for the Film Score Monthly label. Burlingame also wrote, produced and hosted several specials on great film composers for Los Angeles classical radio station KUSC-FM.

He began his career as a reporter and critic for daily newspapers in upstate New York. He moved in 1986 to Los Angeles, where he now lives with his wife, Marilee Bradford, and also teaches film-music history at the University of Southern California.