Melissa Bobbitt

  • Author of "Normania" (2018)
  • Freelance music journalist whose work has appeared in Paste, Alternative Press, and
  • Former staff writer for SmashingPumpkins, inter at Mean Street magazine, and Editor for Creators Syndicate


Melissa Bobbitt is a former writer for ThoughtCo who specializes in music from the 1990s and has published dozens of articles on the topic over 11 years of writing for the company.

Armed with a Frankenstein's monster of an electric guitar in one hand and a pen in the other, Bobbitt developed a love for music journalism back in middle school when she'd spend hours penning reviews of her favorite albums. In high school, she published concert coverage for her campus newspaper and music commentary for the teen section in The Desert Sun.

Heavily influenced by Cameron Crowe's coming-of-(rock-of)-ages flick, "Almost Famous," Bobbitt pursued a communications degree at Cal State Fullerton. She regularly contributed to the school's newspaper, The Daily Titan, and eventually was named Opinions and Entertainment editor, garnering interviews with everyone from Angelina Jolie to Bratmobile.

As young as 22, Bobbitt was writing articles for Alternative Press and Venus Zine, and she now regularly contributes to Paste, Alternative Press, and She also dreams of forming an all-girl Green Day cover band.


Bobbitt earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from California State University-Fullerton where she served as an entertainment editor for the Daily Titan newspaper, was a DJ for Titan Internet Radio, and graduated as a President's Scholar.

Awards and Publications

  • "Nomania"
  • "Matisyahu" for Mean Street
  • Contributor for Paste magazine

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