Arts & Entertainment Industry Forum: Dean Budnick

Writer, radio host, and filmmaker Dean Budnick is interviewed by Professor Lo Faber (12/05/2016).

About Dean Budnick

Rhode Island native Dean Budnick is a writer and media personality with a specific focus on music and "jam" bands. Dean is best known for co-hosting the nationwide Jam Nation channel on SiriusXM radio, where he still continues to cover guest DJ slots. Dean also directed the 2008 documentary Wetlands Preserved: The Story of an Activist Rock Club, which details the formation and ideology behind the iconic Tribeca jam venue Wetlands.

A prolific writer and author, Dean released his first book, Jambands: A complete Guide to the Players, Music, and Scene, in 2004. In 2011, Budnick released Ticket Masters: The Rise of the Concert Industry and How the Public Got Scalped, in which he exams the history of the concert and ticketing business with co-author Josh Baron. Most recently, he released his first novel, Might As Well, in 2016, and co-wrote John Popper's autobiography, Suck and Blow.

The co-founder of JamBands.com (co-creator of the Jammy Awards), Dean holds a PhD from Harvard, writing his doctoral dissertation on the career of silent screen star Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle. Since 2013, Dean has served as the editor-in-chief of Relix, a music magazine published eight times per year. Featuring a circulation of 102,000, Relix is the second-longest running music magazine in the United States, and traces its routes to 1974 as a community newsletter among Grateful Dead concert recorders. Each issue also contains a CD compilation of the artists featured in that issue, as well as up-and-coming bands.