Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Christgau's Record Guide
The '80s

Paperback, 1990, Pantheon Books, ISBN 0-679-73015-X, 514 pages

Book Cover DaCapo reprint From back cover (original edition):
Robert Christgau has earned his place as America's foremost rock critic by distilling enthusiastic nonstop listening into incisive, knowledgeable, sometimes hilarious judgments.

Christgau's guide to the records of the 1980s, the first and only book to survey the decade's popular music, reviews and letter-grades some 3,000 albums. His search for exciting music is wide-ranging, not just what is narrowly defined as "rock,", but also pop, country, rap, blues, rock-related jazz, and the panoply of world musics, especially reggae and African genres.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction
Decade
Music Processing
Postpunk-Postdisco Fusion
The Meaning of Rock
Music Gap
Canons and Listening Lists
How to Use This Book

Consumer Guide--Albums of the '80s
   A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Appendices
How to Use These Appendices
Subjects for Further Research
Distinctions Not Cost-Effective
Meltdown
New Wave
Compilations
Rock Library: Before 1980
The A Lists
   1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
Glossary
Credits

Corrigenda
The Parts They Left Out

Links

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