Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Christgau's Record Guide:
Rock Albums of the Seventies

Paperback, 1981, Ticknor & Fields, ISBN 0-88919-026-X, 472 pages

Paperback, 1982, Vermilion and Company [UK], ISBN 0 09 147891 X

Reissued as Rock Albums of the '70s: A Critical Guide, paperback, 1990, Da Capo Press, 480 pages, ISBN-10 0306804093, ISBN-13 978-0306804090.

Book Cover UK Book Cover DaCapo reprint From back cover (original edition):
Robert Christgau has adapted his notorious Village Voice column to produce the essential guide to recent rock and roll. It is the first book devoted to the years that brought us disco, punk, and new wave; that established Linda Ronstadt, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, Bob Marley, and Deborah Harry as superstars; and that confirmed the brilliance of Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Stevie Wonder, and the Rolling Stones.

The man who has listened to more rock and roll than anyone else in the country offers a unique reference book, as energetic and rebellious as the music he has the nerve to grade--funny and personal, but always searching for musical, literary, and political standards in an amorphous and hype-ridden business.

Table of Contents

The Guide
The Decade
The Criteria
The Grades

Consumer Guide:
Albums of the Seventies:

   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
Subjects for Further Research
Distinctions Not Cost-Effective

Rock and Roll: A Basic Record Library
The Fifties and Sixties
The Seventies and 1980


A Note for British Readers
The Parts They Left Out