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Marc Spitz (1969 - 2017)

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Marc Spitz (1969 - 2017)

Marc Spitz, a music journalist and author who wrote for Spin magazine, died Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017, according to multiple news sources. He was 47.

The cause of death was pending.

Some of his best-known profiles for Spin included a piece on the garage band the Strokes and a profile of ex-Smiths singer Morrissey.

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Spitz also wrote articles for Rolling Stone, Nylon, Vanity Fair, and The New York Times. He was an author and a playwright. His first book was published in 2001, co-authored with Brendan Mullen. “We Got the Neutron Bomb: The Untold Story of L.A. Punk” was about the 1970s punk scene in Hollywood and the early 1980s new wave scene. His latest book, 2014’s “Twee,” looked at the development of the indie movement through artists like Belle and Sebastian.

He wrote the autobiographical novel “How Soon Is Never?”, which was a story about two rock writers trying to reunite the legendary 1980s band the Smiths. He also penned a biography of David Bowie and another on the rock band Green Day.

Spitz also wrote many off-Broadway plays. His first play was called “Retail Sluts,” which debuted in 1998.

At the time of this death, Spitz was a weekly culture writer for According to his website, he was also working on a cultural history of rock 'n' roll cinema titled “Loud Pictures."

Spitz was born in Far Rockaway, Queens, New York, in 1969. He started his career at Spin in 1997.

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