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, is now in stores and can also be
ordered 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 latest "double cover story" for Hittin' the Note
magazine. I interviewed Derek Truck/Susan Tedeschi as well as Warren
Haynes, and the magazine was printed with two covers, one for each act.
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, Bruce Hornsby, Natalie
Merchant, Bob Mould, RUN-D.M.C., Paul Weller, Bob Weir, Debbie
Harry, Babyface, Henry Rollins, Kathleen Battle) to newer artists
(the Jonas Brothers, Paramore, Ledesi, Kings of Leon, Grace
Potter) and indie acts (Government Issue, DM Stith, 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.