Newswire: R.I.P. music journalist and author Marc Spitz

Billboard reports that Marc Spitz, a music journalist, author, and playwright whose work appeared in Spin, Vanity Fair, Nylon, Blender, Salon, The New York Times, and more, has died. Spitz was 47.

As a journalist, Spitz tended toward interviews, oral histories, and thoughtful essays; while serving as a senior writer for Spin, he produced profiles on everyone from The Killers to a weirdly jovial Morrissey (not to mention the sublimely headlined “Who The Fuck Is Ryan Adams?”) He was unafraid to gently poke at those he wrote about, too, penning a Salon essay a few years ago that took Adams mildly to task for the “easy rhyme” of “fire“ and “desire” in his song “Desire.” The essay is a nice window into Spitz’s style: fast-moving, lyrical, and exhaustively researched. (He apparently spent days interviewing rockers and investigating lyrics to find why they were repeatedly drawn to the extremely common …

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