His friend Randy Haecker confirmed that veteran music writer Scott Schinder, who has written for nearly every major music publication over a career of more than three decades, has died after a long illness. Variation.
Schinder’s work has been featured in Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, Billboard, Time Out New York, the Austin Chronicle, Please Kill Me, Creem, Musician, Newsday, Stereophile, Musician, Tower Pulse, New Musical Express, Melody Maker, Texas Music, SXSWorld and probably others. No cause of death was disclosed; He was 61 years old.
A Long Island native and long-time New York resident, Schinder was an ubiquitous presence in the city’s music scene and could be found most nights of the week, beginning in the 1980s. CBGB, Irving Plaza, Maxwells, Under Acme, Brownies and many other venues of the era. Indeed, the photo on it Author page at Please Kill Me it could have been shot at one of dozens of different locations around the city at any one of several thousand evenings (it was actually filmed at CBGB in the early 1990s).
He had a long-standing love for Austin, Texas—he attended the first South by Southwest festival there in 1987 and attended many of those that followed—and moved to the city in 2011. Alongside the publications listed above, she wrote dozens of writing notes. He has contributed to many books, including Rolling Stone publications, titles such as “Icons of Rock” and all six editions of the Trouser Press Recording Guide.
Extremely private, he shared a few details about his illness even with his closest friends; Information about survivors and funeral arrangements was not immediately available.
Additional reporting by Randy Haecker.