Jackson Browne

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The quintessential Seventies singer-songwriter.

Jackson Browne is reflective, socially aware and intelligent - all qualities that enabled him to write songs that struck a chord with a generation in the throes of change.

Hall of Fame Essay


Parke Puterhaugh

Jackson Browne is among the vanguard singer/songwriters of the rock & roll era. Over the course of three decades as a recording artist, he’s established himself as both a cerebral, introspective songwriter and a politically attuned voice of conscience.

His career has unfolded as a series of chapters reflecting personal evolution and changing priorities. In broad outline, he emerged as a soul-baring folksinger whose songs dealt with the riddles of romance and existence. During his middle period, he became a more outgoing and extroverted rocker.

Later work grew more topical in nature as Browne sang of political and social realities within and beyond our borders, all the while drawing on a varied musical palette.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Program Cover 2004
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Jackson Browne and Melissa Etheridge Playing at the Rock Hall opening concert
Gotta do what you can just to keep your love alive
"Running on Empty"



Photography: Kevin Mazur, WireImage