Jon Burlingame is the nation’s leading writer on the subject of music for films and television. He writes regularly for Variety and has written on the topic for such other publications as The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, Newsday, Emmy, Premiere and The Hollywood Reporter.
He is the author of four books: the award-winning, best-selling The Music of James Bond (Oxford University Press, 2012), the film-composer encyclopedia Sound and Vision: 60 Years of Motion Picture Soundtracks (Billboard Books, 2000), the television-music history TV’s Biggest Hits (Schirmer Books, 1996) and the Hollywood studio-musician saga For the Record (Recording Musicians Association, 1997).
He is currently working on a revised, expanded version of his history of American television scoring for Oxford University Press, to be published in 2018. He has two other film-composer biographies in the works for future publication.
He has also contributed chapters to other books, including one 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).
Burlingame teaches film-music history at the University of Southern California and has lectured on music for films and TV in Los Angeles, New York, Washington, D.C., Miami and Switzerland. He has also written, produced and hosted a series of radio specials on great film composers for Classical KUSC in Los Angeles.
Burlingame has often served as host for programs of film music and television music, including evenings at the San Francisco Symphony and the American Youth Symphony, as well as on-stage discussions for the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Disney Hall, the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C., the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences in Beverly Hills, and the Television Academy in North Hollywood, Calif. He has contributed program notes for film-music programs at Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, New York’s Carnegie Hall, Washington’s Kennedy Center and London’s Royal Albert Hall.
Burlingame has appeared on many DVDs including On the Waterfront, King Kong, The Magnificent Seven, The Pink Panther, How the West Was Won, The French Connection, In the Heat of the Night, The Graduate, The Guns of Navarone, and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. He has also written the liner notes for dozens of soundtrack albums and penned the five-part series on movie music, The Score, produced and hosted by the legendary Phil Ramone for the Trio cable network.
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, producer and music historian Marilee Bradford.