about the author

Mitchell Cohen began writing about music and films for various publications in the mid-’70s, including Creem, Film Comment, Take One, Fusion, Phonograph Record Magazine. Wrote books on Carole King and Simon & Garfunkel for Sire/Chappell Books. While still writing regularly on music (for Creem, mostly, but also frequently for High Fidelity, Let It Rock, Who Put The Bomp, Country Music, Musician, etc.), got a job in the publicity department at Arista Records, writing artist bios, press releases, that sort of thing. Which led to a position in the Creative Services department, writing print ads, producing radio spots (won a Clio Award for a Monty Python radio ad). Made transition into Arista A&R, signed The Church, The Jeff Healey Band, Curtis Stigers, made a pop-rock “comeback” album with Dion (‘Yo, Frankie’). Compiled and/or annotated reissues for Arista (The Monkees, Lee Dorsey, The Kinks, The Everly Brothers, lots of others) and Rhino (The Shirelles, Gene Pitney). Moved over to Columbia Records in 1993 and became Senior VP of A&R. Among Columbia projects: Maxwell, Nellie McKay, The Raveonettes, Savage Garden, The Neville Brothers. Nominated for a Grammy Award as one of the producers of Sony 100 years multi-CD set. VP of A&R at Verve Records from ’07-’10. He is the co-author of Matt Pinfield’s memoir All These Things That I’ve Done, and a contributor to the website Music Aficionado.

photo by morgan sandquist

16 responses to “about the author

  1. Thanks for the plug. The site looks great. I look forward to watching it evolve.

  2. Leslie Salzillo

    Very happy to be on board, Ship Mitchell, and look forward to many waves of great reading, education and entertainment.

  3. Any friend of Eva and Bob is a friend of mine. Sam Cooke and Buddy? Don’t get any better than that. Gonna add you to my google alerts. Good luck!

  4. Loved Veronica Falls and their dreamy take on the Stones. Maybe I should listen to Ed’s show more often. Keep on writing, Mitchell…it’s magic.


  5. Enjoying this blog Mitchell. Best to you from Nashville.


  6. Thanks so much Charlie! Appreciate your checking in.

  7. Mickey Wayland

    Hello Mitchell,
    So proud to know you and thank you for the exciting Bio you wrote for my
    daughter Anna. She deserves every gracious thing you said about her and your thoughts were so wonderful to read.
    I very much enjoy your writing and your experiences. Congratulations on the awards for your work and career. The videos were so fun!
    Mickey Wayland

  8. Nice blog. You really should include your name somewhere on the ABOUT THE AUTHOR page.


  10. Just discovered your web site today in connection with the Everly Brothers and I republished your paragraphs about them from last year (with a link back to your site). Your thoughts and insights in many issues are most welcome and I particularly appreciated your commentary on Hoagie, who was truly one of the greats of the 20th century. When I read your bio, it seems like something that might have happened to me, had I not been sucked into “serious” news reporting and, instead, followed my head and heart deeper into music. I had some grand times all the same, spending some snipets of time with some of the greats in the late ’60s (Hendrix comes to mind). In any case, please keep up the good work. An occasional RSS feed would be nice, since there is no way to find out what’s up with an occasional site than to click back into it at random. Cheers and good wishes.

  11. Thanks so much, Doug. I know that some people do get an RSS update on the blog, so let me check on that. I appreciate your comments, and I’m glad you found your way to my riffs.

  12. Hey mate,
    just came across your blog from 2011 in Nashville – crush alert 😉
    thanks for the kind words. If you’d like to shoot me an email I’ll send you a download of our latest album.
    hope life is smilin on ya
    x julz

  13. Joel H. Cohen


    Dear Mitchell,
    I hope this email finds you in good health.
    As you may know, I managed “Three Dog Night” for many years, as well as other musical groups like Steely Dan, Steppenwolf, Cheech & Chung, David Soul etc.
    However many years ago I wrote a book called Three Dog Night & Me, it sold over 40,000 copies..
    In this past year I wrote a musical play registered with WGA called, “Joy To The World” based on the book. I just finished the 2nd draft and it’s still raw. I would like to collaborate with someone to get the play to where I think it should be.
    I was wondering if you knew a writer, or if it would be something you would care to work on with me to finish the play.
    Please let me know your thoughts, if you feel this is up your alley and you can help, we can meet over a coffee and we can talk about it. You have my email address and can send me a private message. Stay Well.

    Kind regard

    Joel Cohen

  14. Just found out you are back. Good news.

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