Scott Pinkmountain (aka Scott Rosenberg) is a writer, musician living in Pioneertown, CA. He has published widely about the arts and the creative process, appearing on “This American Life,” and in such publications as HTMLGIANT, A Public Space, The Talkhouse, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Make Magazine and others. As host of the iTunes five-star rated podcast, Make/Work, which is featured biweekly on The Rumpus, he speaks with creative makers of all mediums about how they sustain their creative practice and make a living. Pinkmountain also addresses similar issues in his column Work:Surviving the Arts, for PANK, as well as his Inside Song blog for the most popular music website in the country, Pandora Radio, where he has worked as a Music Analyst for the past ten years.
As a freelance journalist writing on music, culture and food, Pinkmountain’s work has appeared in Time Out New York, The Chicago Reader, The Chicago Sun Times and other publications. He has interviewed such diverse artists as composer John Adams, world-renowned opera director Lotfi Mansouri, Canadian philosopher and poet Jan Zwicky, Pulitzer Prize winning author Edward P. Jones and indie rock legend Stephen Malkmus of Pavement.
As a musician, he has released over 20 albums of both songs and instrumental music (under the names Scott Rosenberg and Scott Pinkmountain) working with such artists as Sam Coomes (Quasi, Elliott Smith’s band), Arrington Di Dionyso (Old Time Relijun), Anthony Braxton, Pauline Oliveros and many others. He has toured widely in the U.S. and Europe with Pink Mountain, EYES, and his band, The Golden Bolts. Presently, The Golden Bolts are finishing up an album produced by Sam Coomes and recorded by Eli Crews (who has worked with Yoko Ono, Lorde, Cibbo Matto, Tune-Yards).
About his most recent album, The Full Sun (Howell’s Transmitter, 2009), the San Francisco Chronicle wrote, “Beautiful and heartbreaking…Filled with biblical references, mythological elements and poetic lyrics, the record could easily be released as a literary work.” The San Francisco Examiner said The Full Sun has “[b]rilliant lyrics and musicianship that seamlessly blend literary references with every musical genre imaginable.”
Pinkmountain has received grants and residencies for both music and writing from The Edward Albee Foundation, The Wurlitzer Foundation, The Ucross Foundation, Jentel, Meet The Composer, the Jerome Foundation and others. He holds an M.A. in Music Composition from Mills College, and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Wyoming. While at UW, he taught writing and designed and taught a course on songwriting. He has also guest lectured on music and creativity at Georgetown University, Idyllwild Arts Academy and other schools.