About Jeff Vrabel

2010.11.16 NYC Springsteen/Fallon - 1 - 9

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CONTACT: jeff@jeffvrabel.com

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First and foremost, with a score of 20, I am the current Guinness World Record holder for Most Bruce Springsteen Songs Identified by Their Lyrics in One Minute.

Less significantly, I am a writer whose work has appeared in GQ, Men’s Health (including cover stories on Zac Efron and Kenny Chesney), Success (including a cover story on Michael Strahan), the Washington Post, Indianapolis Monthly, the official BruceSpringsteen.net, the official Indy 500 program, Vice, Billboard, Time, Modern Bride, Golf Digest, The South Magazine, IU Alumni Magazine, NCAA Champion, Paste, Playboy, Live Nation, RollingStone.com, Scary Mommy, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Indianapolis Star, the New York Post, the preeminent Springsteen magazine Backstreets, No Depression, All About Jazz, the Florida Times-Union, Care.com, Grandparents.com and SND Design Magazine. I’m a current contributing editor to my hometown Indianapolis Monthly, a former senior editor with Nickelodeon and a former editor-in-chief of Hilton Head Monthly magazine.

I’ve written official media material for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, including official site bios for Springsteen, Stevie Van Zandt, Nils Lofgren and Soozie Tyrell and a number of the site’s album and tour content. I’ve also written media materials for Social Distortion, the Respect Sextet and Jo Lawry.

I penned weekly humor columns for GateHouse Media and the McClatchy-Tribune News Service in what history textbooks will one day refer to as “newspapers.”

And I’m a former Chicagoan and Hilton Head Islander now back home in Indiana.

 

Interviewing the Avett Brothers (in a ridiculous hat, sorry) at Bonnaroo. (Photo / Robert Hooman)

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I’ve profiled such folks as Jimmy Buffett, Ed Helms, “Bizarre Foods” host Andrew Zimmern, the Beastie Boys, Billy Joel, John MellencampGnarls Barkley, four members of the E Street Band, the Avett Brothers, the Drive-By Truckers, John Prine, Tom Jones, “Weird Al” Yankovic, photographer Dan Winters, HGTV’s “Two Chicks and a Hammer” and the late pro wrestler-turned-hairstylist Sean Haire and many others. I wrote about Kentucky’s legendary Ark Encounter and the world’s hottest pepper for GQ. I also covered Bonnaroo for Billboard, as well as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductionSXSW and Austin City Limits.

I was part of Father’s Day week at GQ, interviewed several very cool people for cover stories for Savannah-based South Magazine and told GQ about putting my dog to sleep in a piece that’s hopefully funnier than it sounds. I tracked down a massive pipe organ for Indianapolis Monthly. Also, I once asked Bruce Springsteen if we should have a second baby, and he said yes, so we did.

Find me on Twitter and (less regularly) on Facebook.

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