Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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About a sixth of the reviews in this book are previously unpublished, as are all of the appendices. The introduction and the rest of the reviews are based (often verbatim, but sometimes very generally) on Consumer Guides and other pieces written for The Village Voice between 1980 and 1990, plus auxiliary material--in all but a few cases sentences or phrases--written for Playboy between 1985 and 1990 and (with my collaborator Carola Dibbell) for Video Review between 1982 and 1990. Citing the source or sources for each of approximately 3,000 reviews would obviously be impossibly unwieldy, but I would like to gratefully acknowledge permission from the Voice, Playboy, and Video Review to reprint writing that originally appeared in their pages.

Thanks are also due the following publishers for permission to quote from songs:

Text missing for list of song credits.

Christgau's Record Guide: The '80s, 1990