Killed by Desk

17 Jon Fine - Magazine Editor / Journalist ( Bitch Magnet / Vineland / Coptic Light )

Episode Summary

Jon formed Bitch Magnet while in college at Oberlin, and continued to play nearly constantly through his twenties and thirties. But when a moment of “what the fuck am I doing” hit him when he was nearly 40 years old, he committed himself to finding gainful employment - turning his occasional freelance writing into a full-time job in the publishing world. As he rose up the ranks in the industry, he found work at AdAge, Businessweek and as the acting Editor in Chief of Inc. magazine. In our conversation we talk about growing up in the punk/hardcore scene, finding a “real” job, writing a memoir, winning a James Beard award and continuing to play and tour on a more part-time basis as your career takes off, Jon is candid, smart and hilarious about it all. Jon has the ability to clearly communicate the experience all of our guests share and why they’re at where they’re at now. If you only listen to one Killed By Desk episode, make it this one! For Full Length Episodes And Merchandise Go To Follow: Killed By Desk Insta: @killedbydeskpodcast Twitter: @killedbydesk Facebook: LinkedIn:

Episode Notes


Jon Fine

Your Band Sucks: What I Saw at Indie Rock's Failed Revolution (But Can No Longer Hear)

Elon Musk’s Tweets

IRS Debt

Ad Age

Chris Browkaw - Example of an actual full-time musician

Hair and attitude a must

Poster Children

David Granger

Bitch Magnet

Four Seasons Lunch

Inc 5000

Le Dîner de Cons (film)

Jeff Bercovici

Jeff Goldblum in Jurassic Park

Hit Rate

East Bay Ray



Ted Leo

Great Adventure

Oral History of Action Park

The Dirt

Natural Wine - Punk Rock

Godhead Silo - Band who were a two piece so they could purchase BMX bikes on tour

Will Oldham

Lyon Wong Murder,he%20arrived%20at%20Sutter%20General.

See Hear

Paul Lukas - Beer Frame

Our Band Could Be Your Life

Daily New Strike 1990