Welcome to my Web site. I'm Tony Sclafani, a journalist based in the
Washington, DC area who writes about popular music and culture.
My book, Grateful Dead FAQ: All That's Left to Know About the
Greatest Jam Band in History, was published in late 2013 by Hal
Leonard/Backbeat Books and is now in stores and available through
Amazon.com. You can also click here for a Web page about the
book that includes an additional chapter and links to hear hard-to-find
Dead music from my collection.
I write for NBC/Today Show Online (formerly MSNBC.com). Currently
on newsstands is my feature on the '60s psychedelic group the Blues
Magoos in the UK magazine Record Collector. It's a complete history of
the band and the only time since the '60s all the group members have
been interviewed. Click here to read "Rebirth of the Blues."
I also contribute or have written for the Washington Post, the
Washington Post Express, Relix, Prefix, Popdose, The Village
Voice, Harp, the Washington City Paper, Pop Matters, Goldmine,
Record Collector, DC Magazine, Pop Culture Press, Shindig!, the
American Music Press (AMP), Loud Fast Rules!, Perfect Sound
Forever, and Scram: A Journal of Unpopular Culture.
Musical artists I've interviewed over the years include everyone from
legends (Yoko Ono, Brian Wilson, Ramones, Bret Michaels, Nils
Lofgren, Stephen Sondheim, Patti Smith, Natalie Merchant, Bob
Mould, RUN-D.M.C., Bob Weir, Debbie Harry, Babyface, Henry
Rollins) to newer artists (the Jonas Brothers, Paramore, Kings of
Leon, Grace Potter) and indie acts (Government Issue, Kaki King,
Girl Talk, Over the Rhine, the Walkmen, Magnetic Fields).
My writing has been quoted in such newspapers as the Guardian, the
Telegraph, the Dallas News, the American Chronicle and Fark.com. I've
also appeared as a guest on radio programs like WGN's "Steve and
Conservative commentator S.E. Cupp also quoted one of my MSNBC
opinion pieces in her book, "Losing Our Religion: The Liberal Media's
Attack on Christianity."
Finally, back in 2004-05, I was a travel writer for the Washington Post
and that writing can be read on this old section of my site.