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Jeff Slate: Biography

Singer-songwriter Jeff Slate is an internationally recognized recording artist and music journalist. He co-founded the band the Mindless Thinkers in the 1980s, founded The Badge in the 90s, and has performed and worked with countless rock luminaries, including Pete Townshend of The Who, Roger McGuinn of The Byrds, Sheryl Crow and others. His band with David Bowie sideman Earl Slick -- Slick & Slate -- and his current band Jeff Slate & Friends, are both mainstays of the Northeast music scene. As a solo performer he has played all over the world, from St. George's Hall in Liverpool to Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco. He plays a Martin OM-28E Retro acoustic guitar with Martin Authentic Acoustic strings, as well as Fender and Gretsch electric guitars and Hofner basses. Jeff uses Vox amplifiers.

Jeff's music has appeared on the BBC and in shows like Gossip Girl and One Tree Hill. Jeff writes about music for the New Yorker, Wall Street Journal, Esquire, Rolling Stone, NBC News, and many other publications, contributed liner notes to the 50th anniversary edition of The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and is the author of The Authorized Roy Orbison, a biography of the legend, with Orbison's sons.  In 2018, Jeff wrote the liner notes for Bob Dylan's The Bootleg Series, Vol. 14: More Blood, More Tracks.

Jeff is a regular visitor to SiriusXMs Volume, has appeared on Jonesy's Jukebox, and numerous podcasts -- such as Roadie Free Radio and the Rockonomics Podcast, as well as numerous Bob Dylan- and Beatles-themed shows -- and local TV and radio shows. He has been profiled in publications around the world.