Ticket To Write Update

The documentary, Ticket TWrite:The Golden Age of Rock Music Journalism is finally being released. It will run on Alabama Public TV in April/May. Digital downloads and possibly DVDs should be available by summer.

This documentary film explores the Golden Age of rock music journalism, from Crawdaddy magazine to MTV (1966-81). A time I remember fondly as a voracious reader and music collector.

Here is the latest extended trailer.



Music Journalism A-Z – Billy Altman

The purpose of music journalism A-Z this month is to highlight music journalists and their respective accomplishments. I have been strongly influenced by the concerted efforts of music writing of substance over the decades. I find the music journalism community an eclectic set of  authors that constantly expands my music consciousness.

Music Journalism A-Z will be a fun challenge narrowing each daily letter post to a single music journalist.

Feel free to comment about the music journalism A-Z series with any music journalists you respect and admire. I’d love to learn about who has influenced your music listening tastes.

Billy Altman


Billy Altman is a Grammy-nominated critic and historian whose work has appeared in such places as the New York Times, the New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Esquire, Spin, Sound & Vision and Huff. A longtime senior editor of CREEM Magazine and a former curator for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, he is a recipient of the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award for Excellence in Music Journalism. He teaches in the Humanities Department of the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City.

The latest music article I have read by Billy Altman was “Mississippi Minstrel” about Jim Jackson and his song, Old Dog Blue. The article appeared in The Oxford American, Southern Music Issue 2011.

Billy Altman is also a respected sports journalist. He is an official score keeper for Major League Baseball for the New York Mets and New York Yankees.