Jim Burns, Co-Creator Of “MTV Unplugged,” Has Passed Away At 65
Jim Burns, the man responsible for “MTV Unplugged,” has died.
In 1989, Jim Burns and Robert Small teamed up to create one of MTV’s most legendary series – Unplugged. Featuring stripped down performances from Aerosmith, Nirvana, Elton John, and more, Unplugged went on to spawn several reboots and revivals. Even Jay-Z turned in a memorable performance in 2001, which was ultimately recorded and released in album format. There was something about Unplugged that seemed to bring out something in artists; both Eric Clapton and Nirvana turned in some of their strongest and most iconic work during their appearances.
While MTV ended up moving away from music in later years, it doesn’t change the fact that Burns helped create one of the channel’s most enduring and respected series. Rest in peace Jim Burns.
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