Susie Mudd, rock music journalist and publisher of the Maryland-based music magazine Music Monthly, died of cancer April 5. She was 56.

Getting her start at the Maryland Musician, where she maintained a column titled "The Red Rocker Report" (named as much for her habit of wearing red as it was her love of rock bands), Mudd built a reputation for her hard-hitting view of mid-Atlantic rock bands and her passion for highlighting the local scene. Three years after joining the magazine, Mudd bought out her partner in 1984 and eventually renamed the publication Music Monthly, which maintained a 90,000 circulation for its free physical copy until 2008.

Music Monthly grew into a force in the mid-Atlantic music scene, helping to break such acts as Good Charlotte, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Tori Amos while giving freelance writers and photographers the opportunity to get published within its pages.

After her death, booking agent and former Music Monthly employee Paul Manna wrote on her Facebook page, "I admired her tireless passion to keep her free publication around for us fellow music junkies. She struggled and sacrificed so much every single month trying to keep it afloat. Those who really knew her, know underneath her rough exterior was a very kind soul."

Mudd is survived by three sisters and three brothers. Memorial Services will be held on Sunday, April 22, 2012 at 3 p.m. at Peaceful Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Center located at 2325 York Road in Timonium, MD.