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A Beatles Inspired American Pop Culture Journalist, Charles J Moss

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For a Beatles fan growing up in East Tennessee, the music of the Liverpudlian quartet sparked an interest that would turn from a hobby to a career over the course of 20 years.
Charles J Moss is a journalist by night and a communications and media relations professional for a health care company by day.

It was as a child that the music of the Beatles and 80's and 90's TV shows captivated him to the point of becoming a pop-culture journalist.

The Chattanooga, Tennessee native writes for Nooga.com and has been published in a number of other publications including PopMatters.

When we sit down and discuss his life as a corporate communications specialist for Tennessee's largest health care company the energy and passion for story telling ignites in his eyes.
He recounts his childhood and the love of Brit Pop music and how it has led him to a life as a writer and interviewer.
He says how the life of a writer and journalist is one that keeps his mind and creative juices flowing in a modern America devoid of what he says are "true superheroes".
When I ask him more about this he talks of the current economic state of the US and the demise of politics, as I delve further I discover his "superheroes" theory is about the lack of true and inspirational figure heads in current society to inspire young Americans.
He says the keys to success in modern journalism are as follows.

Don't be good at what you do, be great at it, anyone can be a blogger or put something online, find your niche and deliver continually top quality content not just every so often.
Network, people make stories and people can help stories be seen and heard, connections are integral and vital. With the internet it's now easier than ever before.
Keep pitching, don't give up, try as many outlets as possible and don't lose heart while also researching as best you can about the publications you want to write for.

In his career to date Moss has explored Generation X, Will Eisner's art and Motown Music.
Growing up in the heart of the bible belt sandwiched between African American gospel and soul icons as well as Hillbilly and Bluegrass, Moss appreciated the harmonies and lyrics of the Beatles 4000 miles away in the rolling hills of Tennessee.

He said this Beatles' inspired passion for music is leading him to divulge his journalistic skills into a potential film on music from the region he grew up in. Focusing on the battles of African American's to be heard through Soul and Gospel as well as finding relief during racial tensions in the South throughout the 50's, 60s and 70's.

As we go our separate ways, I can't help but wonder what John Lennon would have thought of Charles Moss had he met him at a Fish and Chips takeaway near the Mersey Quays, I guess as long as we live in a media and music and film filled world, pop-culture will engage and captivate minds across our planet from Tennessee to Torquay.

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