October 2, 1969|
Queens, New York, United States
|Occupation||Author, music journalist, playwright|
Marc Spitz (born October 2, 1969) is a music journalist, author and playwright. Spitz's writings on rock and roll and popular culture have appeared in Spin (where he was a Senior Writer) as well as The New York Times, Maxim, Blender, Harp, Nylon and the New York Post. He is a contributing music writer for Vanity Fair.
Spitz is the author of the novels, How Soon Is Never, and Too Much, Too Late and the biographies We Got the Neutron Bomb: The Untold Story of LA Punk (with Brendan Mullen), Nobody Likes You: Inside the Turbulent Life, Times and Music of Green Day, Bowie: A Biography and Jagger: Rebel, Rock Star, Rambler, Rogue. He appears in the anthologies: The Encyclopedia of Ex-es, Howl: A Collection of the Best Contemporary Dog Wit and Rock N’ Roll Cage Match: Music’s Greatest Rivalries Decided. His books have been translated and published in French, Danish, German and Dutch.
Spitz has been a "Downtown" playwright since emerging from the Ludlow Street scene around Todo Con Nada in 1998. His other theatrical work includes Retail Sluts, The Rise and Fall of the Farewell Drugs, “...Worry, Baby,” The Hobo Got Too High, I Wanna Be Adored, Shyness Is Nice, Gravity Always Wins, The Name of This Play is Talking Heads, Your Face Is A Mess, A Marshmallow World, Up For Anything and P.S. It's Poison. Shyness Is Nice was selected and anthologized as one of NY Theatre’s Best Plays of 2001, and its opening monologue appears in the Applause anthology One One One: Best Men’s Monologues of the 21st Century, published in October, 2008.
- How Soon Is Never (2003), A novel-cum-homage to The Smiths set on Long Island, New York, in the 1980s and 1990s.
- Too Much, Too Late (2006), A humorous rock ‘n’ roll memoir.
- We Got the Neutron Bomb: The Untold Story of LA Punk (2001), an oral history of mid-seventies Los Angeles punk subculture written with Brendan Mullen.
- Nobody Likes You: Inside the Turbulent Life, Times and Music of Green Day (2006), a biography of punk band Green Day.
- BOWIE: A Biography (2009), a biography of music and cultural icon David Bowie.
- Jagger: Rebel, Rock Star, Rambler, Rogue (2011), a biography of The Rolling Stones' frontman Mick Jagger's life and the cultural revolution he led.
- Poseur: A Memoir of Downtown New York City in the '90s (2013)
- Twee: The Gentle Revolution in Music, Books, Television, Fashion, and Film (2014)
- Retail Sluts
- The Rise and Fall of the Farewell Drugs
- “...Worry, Baby”
- The Hobo Got Too High
- I Wanna Be Adored
- Shyness Is Nice
- Gravity Always Wins
- The Name of This Play is Talking Heads
- Your Face Is A Mess
- A Marshmallow World
- Up For Anything
- P.S. It's Poison
- Revenge And Guilt
- "Bowie: a Biography by Marc Spitz: review" Retrieved April 25, 2010.
- "Louis Bayard reviews 'Bowie' by Marc Spitz" Retrieved January 4, 2010.
- "Stardust Memories: Biographer Marc Spitz on David Bowie’s Pop Culture Legacy" Retrieved November 21, 2009.
- "Bowie: A Biography by Marc Spitz" Retrieved January 30, 2010.
- "Irreverent Off-Broadway Playwright Marc Spitz Returns With Talking Heads" Retrieved February 16, 2005.
- "Up for Anything: A Viagra-themed sex farce droops" Retrieved October 29, 2009.
- Official website
- Marc Spitz on Facebook
- Marc Spitz on Twitter
- Marc Spitz archive at Spin
- Marc Spitz archive at Vanity Fair
- Marc Spitz at Random House
- Bowie: A Biography by Marc Spitz
- Jagger: Rebel, Rock Star, Rambler, Rogue by Marc Spitz
- P.S. It's Poison