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Writing About Music in the Twenty Tens

With music magazines vanishing and online sites expecting free contributions, how is a music writer to survive in the 20-10s? Is there a future for music critics in the world of tweeting and blogging? Successful writers from Brooklyn, San Francisco, upstate New York, and New Orleans offer their two-cents-worth, as well as some hands-on advice, as does a Manhattan literary agent who specializes in music books.



MODERATOR Holly George-Warren Queen Bee Jackalope Press

HOLLY GEORGE-WARREN is the coauthor with Michael Lang of The Road to Woodstock. Her previous works include Public Cowboy No. 1: The Life and Times of Gene Autry, Punk 365, and Grateful Dead 365, among other books.

Jesse Jarnow Freelance Writer N/A

tweets @bourgwick, DJ on @WFMU, writing book about @TheRealYLT (due 2012 via Penguin/Gotham), 1/3 of @RealSloppyHeads.

Ben Sandmel Journalist/Musician/Producer The Hot Biscuits Recording Company

BEN SANDMEL is a New Orleans-based journalist, folklorist, drummer, and producer. His published work includes numerous liner notes and articles, a book about zydeco, a Michelin travel guide to New Orleans, and a forthcoming biography of R&B singer Ernie K-Doe entitled The Emperor of New Orleans. Sandmel has produced and played on albums including Boogie Bill Webb’s Drinkin’ & Stinkin’, and The Hackberry Ramblers’ Grammy-nominated Deep Water. He produces the oral history/interview stage at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

Sarah Lazin Sarah Lazin Books

Ann Powers NPR Music


Friday March 18



Austin Convention Center

Room 8BC

500 E Cesar Chavez St



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