A northwestern Ohio native, Jon Sievert briefly worked as a staff photographer for the Toledo Blade newspaper after earning a degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University in 1965. Following two years in the Army and two more as an advertising manager in Worcester, Massachusetts, he fled the snow to San Francisco in 1969.
Selling cameras and darkroom supplies by day, he began taking his camera to concerts and selling the photos to magazines and local music newspapers. His 1972 cover story and photographs of John Cipollina (of Quicksilver Messenger Service) for Guitar Player began a 25-year relationship with that magazine and its sister publications, Keyboard and Frets.
During his tenure as a writer, editor, and staff photographer, he interviewed dozens (Les Paul, Doc Watson, Jerry Garcia, Joe Pass, Mark O'Connor, David Grisman, Chet Atkins, Marty Stuart, Bill Wyman, Roy Clark, Merle Haggard, Vince Gill, Carl Perkins, and Jerry Lee Lewis, for instance) and photographed hundreds of world-class musicians.
His photos have appeared on more than 100 magazine covers, dozens of album/CD packages, and in countless books and publications worldwide, including Rolling Stone, Musician, People, Acoustic Guitar, The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, Guitar World, Vanity Fair, Newsweek, and Fachblatt.
Concert Photography is Sievert's first book, although he has contributed to many others as a writer and/or photographer, most notably The Art of Rock (Abbeville Press). He now lives in central Mexico with his wife and two border collies.