Matt Pinfield and Marc Spitz Go on the Record

Marc Spitz has documented rock music from more than a few angles: as a journalist, he’s written about it for Spin, Vanity Fair, Maxim, and The New York Times. As a novelist and playwright, he’s loosely interpreted bands like Talking Heads, the Smiths, and Guided By Voices through fiction. And as a biographer, he’s chronicled the lives of countless L.A. punks, Green Day, David Bowie, and Mick Jagger. In the latest episode of the Hivecast with Matt Pinfield, Spitz stops by to chat with Matt about rock writing, and to share some of the things he learned about the Rolling Stones while researching his book on Jagger -- including why we all ought to have a little more sympathy for Mick. “Keith [Richards] never corrected anyone when they say that he’s the heart and soul of the Stones,” Spitz says. “But in that punk rock way of championing the underdog -- and it’s hard to think of Mick Jagger as an underdog, because he’s so established, he’s a knight! -- I wanted to take up the cause and see if there was a balance there.”

Spitz found one, though he admits that “Keith is like everyone’s rock-and-roll uncle now,” which may account for why he’s able to get away with certain things. “I was backstage with the Strokes when they were opening dates on the 40 Licks tour, and they were warned by the people, ‘Don’t smoke! This is a smoke-free venue!’ And then they were setting up ashtrays for Keith.” Check out the rest of the podcast to hear Spitz and Pinfield trade stories about all of the artists they’ve come to know through the years of covering rock bands both obscure and massively famous. [Download & subscribe to the Hivecast via iTunes.]

The Hivecast With Matt Pinfield: Marc Spitz Pt 1

The Hivecast With Matt Pinfield: Marc Spitz Pt 2