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Marc Spitz, Music Journalist and Author, Dead at 47

He wrote for ‘Spin,’ ‘Rolling Stone,’ and ‘Salon’ as well as publishing ‘Twee: A History’ and ‘How Soon Is Never?’

by Alex Robert Ross
Feb 5 2017, 4:55pm

Marc Spitz, the veteran music writer, author, and playwright, has died. He was 47. No cause of death has been confirmed.

Spitz started working for Spin Magazine in 1997, where he wrote cover stories Axl Rose, The White Stripes, and The Strokes. He would go on to contribute to Rolling Stone, New York Times, and Vanity Fair. At the time of his death, he was writing a weekly column for Salon.com.

His first book, We Got the Neutron Bomb: The Untold Story of L.A. Punk (co-authored with Brendan Mullen) was published in 2001. Spitz later wrote biographies of David Bowie, Green Day, and Mick Jagger. His most recent nonfiction book was 2014's Twee: The Gentle Revolution in Music, Books, Television, Fashion, and Film. His two novels, How Soon Is Never? and Too Much, Too Late were both bound up in rock music and culture. 

Spitz was also an accomplished playwright. His first play, Retail Sluts, debuted in 1997; over the next two decades, he produced shows such as (The Rise and Fall of) The Farewell Drugs, "…Worry, Baby, " The Hobo Got Too High, I Wanna Be Adored, Shyness is Nice and Gravity Always Wins.

According to his website, Spitz had most recently working on a cultural history of rock 'n' roll cinema entitled Loud Pictures.

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