About the Instructor

John Schacht is a UC Berkeley Journalism grad (MJ, 1988) who has been writing about popular (and not-so-popular) music since the previous century. He’s contributed to national publications Paste, Harp, Option and Blurt, and has written reviews and features for weeklies from California to Florida. He’s reviewed books for Popmatters.com and Creative Loafing, and currently contributes regular music reviews and feature stories to several North Carolina alternative weeklies, as well as websites such as CharlotteViewpoint.com, The-Thread.org and Blurt-online.com, where he is a staff writer. He was editor in chief of the Carolinas’ quarterly music periodical Shuffle from 2007-2011 — a magazine he started — and then served as its managing editor through June, 2013. He teaches “Pop Culture & the American Music Scene,” “Making a Magazine in the Digital Age,” “The Rise & Fall of Traditional News Media” and “Writing About the Arts & Culture” at UNC-Charlotte, and “Intro to Journalism” at Central Piedmont Community College. In the late 80s and early 90s he worked as a sports reporter, copy editor and page designer for daily papers in the Bay area before relocating to the East coast and turning to freelancing and teaching. He’s been covering the Charlotte music scene since the late 90s, including a stint as Music Editor at Creative Loafing from 2003-2005. You can reach him via email at wschacht@uncc.edu, or visit him in the American Studies Adjunct Instructor office in 245A Fretwell.

Some of your instructor’s recent clips:

Pedro Lobo’s Favelas: Architecture of Survival

Bo White’s Music to Die For

A Change In the Weather — Califone

Lee Fields: Out from James Brown’s Shadow

Andy Warhol — 13 Most Beautiful, Live Dean & Britta 

Digging to the Bottom of the Digital Crate: The Hunt for “Maria Elena”


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