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January 2015 Third Thursday Panel

1/15/2015 From 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM


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"The Right Notes: Writing About Music"


Thursday, January 15, 2015, 7 PM

BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd., 3rd floor*


*(please use the elevator in the back of the store to get to the third floor)



Music – at the forefront or in the background, it’s an important part of our lives. It enriches experiences, sets tone, and provides a soundtrack to our own personal histories.

Music writers know how to describe the sounds and performances, explain the craft behind them, profile the artists, and discuss the cultural importance of a particular work. But what are the unique challenges and rewards that come with this profession? How does one use one artistic medium to interpret another? How do these writers make the people and events fresh and relatable? How is the market (both music and music writing) changing?

Join us on Thursday, January 15, and hear four music writers discuss their work and adventures.

Our distinguished panelists will be ...


Peter Blackstock
is a music writer for the Austin American-Statesman. A UT grad who grew up in Austin, he worked at the Statesman in high school and college before moving to Seattle and co-founding the alt-country magazine No Depression in the '90s. He has also worked as a music columnist for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, an associate editor at the N.C. Triangle's Independent Weekly and a senior editor for Seattle music biweekly The Rocket. His freelance writing has appeared in Rolling Stone, Southwest Airlines’ Spirit, The Austin Chronicle, eMusic, and elsewhere. From 1989-1997, Peter served as archivist for Austin’s South By Southwest Music Conference.



Chuck Eddy
- Chuck Eddy is the author of the books Stairway to Hell, The Accidental Evolution of Rock n' Roll, and Rock and Roll Always Forgets. He has served as music editor at The Village Voice and as a senior editor at Billboard, and has written thousands of freelance pieces over the past 30 years for Rolling Stone, Spin, Creem, Entertainment Weekly, and countless other magazines, anthologies and websites. Earlier in his journalism career, Chuck was a sports reporter and feature writer and covered local politics for suburban weekly newspapers in Michigan. A native of Detroit, he now lives in Austin.



Michael Hall - Mike Hall is a writer and musician based in Austin, Texas. Before joining Texas Monthly in 1997, he was an associate editor of Third Coast magazine and the managing editor of the Austin Chronicle. Hall won two 2001 Katy Awards: one for Best Reporter Writing Portfolio and one for Personality Profile/Interview for his July 2001 story "Lance Armstrong Has Something to Get Off His Chest." He won a Texas Gavel Award in 2003 for his story about capital punishment, "Death Isn't Fair," which was also nominated for a National Magazine Award. Hall's stories have appeared in the Best American Magazine Writing, the Best American Sportswriting, the Best American Nonrequired Reading, and Da Capo Best Music Writing. He has also written for Trouser Press, the New York Times, Men's Journal, and the Austin American-Statesman.


Margaret Moser
- Award-winning rock journalist Margaret Moser has written about rock & roll since 1976, and recently retired after 33 ⅓ years at the Austin Chronicle. Moser is currently featured in the Texas issue of Oxford American magazine. A high school dropout with no college education, she has been a commentator for NPR, written for Sony Records and MOJO magazine, and served on the City’s Austin Music Commission. Moser also directed the Austin Music Awards during South by Southwest for over 30 years. She currently resides with her husband Steve Chaney in San Antonio as co-founder of the South Texas Popular Culture Center.




Our Third Thursday program is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Economic Growth & Redevelopment Services Office/Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future. Visit Austin at

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