Al Aronowitz

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Alfred Gilbert Aronowitz (May 20, 1928 – August 1, 2005) was an American rock journalist best known for introducing Bob Dylan to The Beatles in 1964.

Aronowitz was born in Bordentown, New Jersey.[1] A 1950 graduate of Rutgers University, Aronowitz became a journalist in the 1950s and his work in that decade included a 12-part series on the Beat Generation for the New York Post.[1]

Aronowitz was the original manager of The Velvet Underground, getting the band their first gig at a high school auditorium. The Velvet Underground stole Aronowitz's tape recorder and dumped him weeks later when they met Andy Warhol.

Aronowitz introduced Bob Dylan to the Beatles in a New York City hotel room on August 28, 1964. According to his own journal entries, at this meeting he brought a marijuana joint which would be the first pot smoked by the Beatles.[1]

Aronowitz also claimed that Dylan wrote the song “Mr. Tambourine Man” while staying in Aronowitz’s Berkeley Heights, New Jersey home.[2]

He died of cancer in Elizabeth, New Jersey on August 1, 2005, at the age of 77.[1] Aronowitz's son Myles is a photographer, often credited as the still photographer on feature film productions.[3][4]

Aronowitz's daughter, Brett, is a graphic designer, writer and illustrator.[5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Sisario, Ben. "Al Aronowitz, 77, a Pioneer Of Rock 'n' Roll Journalism", The New York Times, August 4, 2005. Accessed February 27, 2011.
  2. Miller, Stephen. "Al Aronowitz, 77, a Writer Of 1960s Scene", The New York Sun, August 4, 2005. "Aronowitz claimed that Mr. Dylan composed "Mr. Tambourine Man" during a long night of repeated listenings to Marvin Gaye's "Can I Get a Witness" at Aronowitz's home in Berkeley Heights, N.J."
  3. [1] Myles Aronowitz Photography
  4. [2] IMDB
  5. [3] Brett Aronowitz

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