Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Two new essay collections, published by Duke University Press

Book Reports features reviews of not only the pop-music tomes you'd predict but also literary fiction, Marxist-adjacent cultural commentary, feminist debates over pornography, and even books about the past decade's financial crisis. It follows a collection that Christgau published last year, Is It Still Good to Ya? Fifty Years of Rock Criticism, 1967-2017, which includes Christgau's takes on, among many other things, classic rock, Kanye West, the music of Desert Storm, Lollapalooza, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and so-called guilty pleasures--a category that Christgau rejects, since, for rock critics, as he puts it, "pleasure is where meaning begins." Together, these collections make the sneaky case that Christgau is not just the Dean of American Rock Critics, his self-awarded and perhaps slightly off-putting nickname, but one of America's sharper public intellectuals of the past half century, and certainly one of its most influential--not to mention one of the better stylists in that cohort. Fun is a big part of why.

--David Cantwell, The New Yorker

And It Don't Stop

Robert Christgau's Consumer Guide continues beyond its 50th anniversary in his subscriber-supported newsletter, And It Don't Stop. Read about it, sample the merchandise, and subscribe.

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Xgau Sez

Robert Christgau published his monthly Xgau Sez q&a section -- Several 30 seconds of greatness, formalists formally considered, Ray Davies informally considered, list-making explained, hip-hop unexplained, and the "The Harry Smith B-Sides" expurgated -- as part of his subscription newsletter And It Don't Stop. Like all of Xgau Sez, this is archived here.

Heart of Darkness

Robert Christgau published a piece, Vote! It Ain't Illegal Yet!, on how to do more than just vote to defeat "the fascist fraudster turned impeached president Donald J. Trump." This is part of his subscription newsletter, And It Don't Stop. It is also on the website here.

Consumer Guide: September, 2020

Robert Christgau published his Consumer Guide: September, 2020, with reviews of: Black Thought [& Salaam Remi], The Chicks, Nat King Cole Trio, The 81's, The Human Hearts, The Magnetic Fields, No Age, No Joy, Billy Nomates, Oddisee, Jenny Reynolds, Peter Stampfel & the Bottle Caps, Taylor Swift. This is part of his subscription newsletter, And It Don't Stop.

Heart of Darkness

Robert Christgau published a piece, Heart of Darkness, a review of Jeff Sharlet's book. This is part of his subscription newsletter, And It Don't Stop.

Xgau Sez

Robert Christgau published his monthly Xgau Sez q&a section, as part of his subscription newsletter And It Don't Stop. Like all of Xgau Sez, this is archived here.

Consumer Guide: August, 2020

Robert Christgau published his Consumer Guide: August, 2020, with reviews of: Arbor Labor Union, Birds of Prey, The Boswell Sisters, Car Seat Headrest, John Chibadura, City Girls, Deap Vally, Dream Wife, Emily Duff, Haim, Kehlani, Lori McKenna, X. This is part of his subscription newsletter, And It Don't Stop.

Quarantine Me to the Ball Game

Robert Christgau published a piece, Quarantine Me to the Ball Game, on baseball during the pandemic. This is part of his subscription newsletter, And It Don't Stop.

Zoology 101

Robert Christgau published a piece, Zoology 101, on The Zoo (Animal Planet series 2017-). This is part of his subscription newsletter, And It Don't Stop.

Xgau Sez

Robert Christgau published his monthly Xgau Sez q&a section, as part of his subscription newsletter And It Don't Stop. Like all of Xgau Sez, this is archived here.

Consumer Guide: July, 2020

Robert Christgau published his Consumer Guide: July, 2020, with 14 reviews. This is part of his subscription newsletter, And It Don't Stop.

After the Flood

Robert Christgau published a piece, After the Flood, on Ned Sublette's memoir, The Year Before the Flood. This is part of his subscription newsletter, And It Don't Stop.

Xgau Sez

Robert Christgau published his monthly Xgau Sez q&a section, as part of his subscription newsletter And It Don't Stop. Like all of Xgau Sez, this is archived here.

Consumer Guide: June, 2020

Robert Christgau published his Consumer Guide: June, 2020, with 13 reviews. This is part of his subscription newsletter, And It Don't Stop.

Endless Boogie

Robert Christgau published a piece, She Wants to Know What Love Is, on Kim Stanley Robinson's novels. This is part of his subscription newsletter, And It Don't Stop.

Also added an old piece, originally published in Film Comment in July-August, 2008, on a Neil Young documentary film: Deja Vu.

Xgau Sez

Robert Christgau published his monthly Xgau Sez q&a section, as part of his subscription newsletter And It Don't Stop. Like all of Xgau Sez, this is archived here.

Consumer Guide: May, 2020

Robert Christgau published his Consumer Guide: May, 2020, with 12 reviews. This is part of his subscription newsletter, And It Don't Stop.

Little Richard

Billboard has published Robert Christgau's Little Richard: Sexual Shaman and Embodiment of Rock 'n' Roll at Its Most Incendiary.

Another Side of Another Side (Of Another Side?)

Robert Christgau published a piece, Another Side of Another Side (Of Another Side?), on Bob Dylan's "Murder Most Foul" -- with Joe Levy doing most of the heavy lifting. This is part of Christgau's subscription newsletter, And It Don't Stop.

Endless Boogie

Robert Christgau published a piece, Endless Boogie, on Charles Shaar Murray's 2000 biography, Boogie Man: The Adventures of John Lee Hooker in the American Twentieth Century. This is part of his subscription newsletter, And It Don't Stop.

Auriculum, Episode 3: Rob Sheffield

Robert Christgau shared the second episode of his podcast, Auriculum, Episode 3: Rob Sheffield (Part 3), as part of his subscription newsletter, And It Don't Stop. This is restricted to paid subscribers.

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