Prolific music journalist and playwright Marc Spitz has passed away. He was 47 years old. Spitz began writing for Spin magazine in 1997. According to Billboard he wrote cover stories on Axl Rose, Weezer and Trent Reznor. Spitz was also a playwright who penned numerous plays beginning with “Retail Sluts” in 1998. He also wrote the off-Broadway plays “(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.”
Spitz was perhaps most well known for his book at the L.A. punk scene titled “We Got the Neutron Bomb: The Untold Story of LA Punk,” which he co-wrote with Brendan Mullen. He also wrote the biographies “Nobody Likes You: Inside the Turbulent Life, Times and Music of Green Day,” “Bowie: A Biography” and “Jagger: Rebel, Rock Star, Rambler, Rogue.” He wrote a semi-autobiographical novel about two rock writers trying to reunite The Smiths. Spitz was also a contributor for such notable publications as Rolling Stone, Maxim, Nylon, Vanity Fair, New York Magazine, TV Guide, and The New York Times. How Spitz died has yet to be disclosed.