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Scott Pinkmountain (aka Scott Rosenberg) is a writer, musician and podcaster living in Ventura, CA.


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 artists such 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, who made the album "No Country Music" in 2016, produced by Sam Coomes and recorded by Eli Crews (who has worked with Yoko Ono, Lorde, Cibbo Matto, Tune-Yards).

As host of the iTunes five-star-rated podcast Make/Work, which is featured on The Rumpus, he spoke with creative makers of all mediums about how they sustain their creative practice and make a living. Pinkmountain also addressed similar issues in his column Work:Surviving the Arts, for PANK. He was also the host of The History Channeler, an absurdist history podcast.

As a freelance journalist writing on music, culture and food, Pinkmountain’s work has appeared in publications like Time Out New York, The Chicago Reader, The Chicago Sun Times and others. 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.


Pinkmountain has received grants and residencies for music and writing from:

The Edward Albee Foundation

The Wurlitzer Foundation
The Ucross Foundation

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.

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