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Scott Alderman began working in the live music business after getting thrown out of college in 1979, first as a roadie and stage manager in rock & roll, and then as road manager and agent for jazz artists. In the eighties, he owned and booked Fat Tuesday’s, a New York City Jazz club.


After getting clean in 1987, he worked in human services as a counselor at Bailey House, a residence for homeless people with AIDS, and at psychiatric hospitals and methadone clinics in Washington, D.C. and San Francisco. 

In the nineties, his career included stints in management and operations, first at Lehman Brothers and then at Morgan Stanley. In 1998, he was on the management team that took a consolidation of national messenger and courier companies public.


​The turn of the millennium saw Scott return to the music business to launch the Tattoo the Earth festivals, which included an eighteen-city US tour. In 2001, after the law banning tattooing in Massachusetts was overturned, he produced the first tattoo festivals in the state. 


​From 2010 to 2014, he was the administrative director for the Program in Narrative Medicine at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and he is a founding director of the Center for Narrative Practice.


In February 2020, Scott published his first book, Get Off: The Sordid Youth and Unlikely Survival of a Queer Junkie Wonder Boy. He has also been published on


​Scott has a BA in literature and writing from Columbia University. He was born in New York City, and lives in Massachusetts with his wife and kid.