by Marc Spitz
Published by Da Capo Press, February 2013
Marc Spitz assumed that if he lived like his literary and rock ‘n’ roll heroes he would become a great artist, too. He conveniently overlooked the fact that many of them died young, broke, and miserable. In his candid, wistful, touching, and hilarious memoir Poseur, the music journalist, playwright, author, and blogger recounts his misspent years as a suburban kid searching for authenticity, dangerous fun, and druggy, downtown glory: first during New York’s last era of risk and edge, the pre-gentrification ‘90s, and finally, as a flamboyant and notorious rock writer, partying and posing during the music industry’s heady, decadent last gasp.
Part profane confidential and part sweetly frank coming-of-age tale, this dirty, witty memoir finds Spitz careening through the scene, befriending and sometimes clashing with cultural icons like Courtney Love, Jeff Buckley, Rivers Cuomo of Weezer, Chloe Sevigny, Kim Deal, The Dandy Warhols, Guns N’ Roses, Ryan Adams, Paul Rudd, Coldplay, Pavement, Peter Dinklage, Julie Bowen, The Strokes, Trent Reznor, Chuck Klosterman, Interpol, and The Killers, as well as meeting heroes like Alan Ginsberg, Shirley Clarke, Joe Strummer, and Morrissey. Along the way, he finds long lost literary guru Gordon Lish is a relative, and erstwhile pal and sensation JT Leroy is an even bigger poseur.
Spitz refuses to give up the romantic ghost until a post 9/11 breakdown and an improbable new love (fellow music writer Lizzy Goodman) finally help him strike the hardest pose of all: his true self.
Marc Spitz has written and produced numerous novels, plays, and biographies including We Got the Neutron Bomb: The Untold Story of L.A. Punk (with Brendan Multen), How Soon is Never?: A Novel, Bowie: A Biography and Jagger: Rebel, Rock Star, Rambler, Rogue. His writing on rock ‘n’ roll and popular culture has appeared in Spin, Rolling Stone, Maxim, Uncut, Nylon, Vanity Fair, New York Magazine and The New York Times. Spitz lives in New York City.
"It is the music memoir as art, and it just might make some mp3-hording music-journo-wannabe teenager in Westchester County (or West Falls) think of Spitz the way he once thought of Charles Bukowski. And that’s strong praise."
-- The Buffalo News
"Marc Spitz is one of the smart ones. He was all over the New York rock scene those years; from 2S to 3A to LA, backstage at Madison Square Garden, and to the windows on the world. He met everyone and in this very funny memoir we get to meet them, too"-Dean Wareham of Luna and Galaxie 5--, author of Black Postcards
"Marc Spitz is one of the most interesting characters I met in the 90's in New York City. We misbehaved, and lived to tell about it. This book is a fascinating snapshot of that time."-Matt Pinfield, host of MTC's 120 minutes