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

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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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Another Girl, Same Planet

Robert Christgau published a piece, Another Girl, Same Planet, on Carola Dibbell's post-pandemic novel, The Only Ones. This is part of his subscription newsletter, And It Don't Stop.

XgauSez

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

Many musics heal. This was designed for the job.

Robert Christgau published a piece, Many musics heal, on the "traditional sufi healing music" of Oruç Güvenç & Tümata. This is part of his subscription newsletter, And It Don't Stop.

Consumer Guide: March, 2020

Robert Christgau published his Consumer Guide: March, 2020, with 14 reviews, including an old Duke Ellington set. This is part of his subscription newsletter, And It Don't Stop.

Back on March 3, Christgau also published My Thigh Hurts.

Consumer Guide: March, 2020

Robert Christgau published his Consumer Guide: March, 2020, with 14 reviews, including an old Duke Ellington set. This is part of his subscription newsletter, And It Don't Stop.

Back on March 3, Christgau also published My Thigh Hurts.

And It Don't Stop

Robert Christgau's latest piece on his subscription newsletter, And It Don't Stop, is Queen of Plainstyle, on Willa Cather's novel, My Antonia.

Most of the posts from Robert Christgau's And It Don't Stop subscription newsletter are now archived on this website. Posts that are exclusive to subscribers, like the monthly Consumer Guides, are locked for eight months. Posts that were offered free are available now -- most are available here, with Xgau Sez in its usual place, as is the 2019 Dean's List. The Consumer Guide entries are not yet included in the database. They will probably be locked as well.

Xgau Sez

Robert Christgau published his Xgau Sez question & answer forum, as part of his subscription newsletter, And It Don't Stop.

Ten Movies I Love

Robert Christgau's latest piece on his subscription newsletter, And It Don't Stop, is Ten Movies I Love.

Consumer Guide (February 2020)

Robert Christgau published his Consumer Guide: February, 2020, with thirteen reviews, including an old Blue Lu Barker set. This is part of his subscription newsletter, And It Don't Stop.

And It Don't Stop

Robert Christgau published his Dean's List 2019 in his subscription newsletter, And It Don't Stop. This year's list runs to 76 albums.

And It Don't Stop

Robert Christgau published a review of James Daley, Ed: Great Speeches by American Women, Say It, Sisters, in his subscription newsletter, And It Don't Stop.

Xgau Sez

Robert Christgau published his Xgau Sez question & answer forum, as part of his subscription newsletter, And It Don't Stop.

Consumer Guide

Robert Christgau published his Consumer Guide: January, 2020, with thirteen reviews, including an old Otis Spann. This is part of his subscription newsletter, And It Don't Stop.

And It Don't Stop

Recent post on Robert Christgau's And It Don't Stop subscription newsletter:

  • Lock Him Up: review of Jim DeRogatis: Soulless: The Case Against R. Kelly.

Also look for Christgau's interview by Ted Panken: Still Good to Him: Robert Christgau on a Life of Writing about Listening.

And It Don't Stop

Several recent posts on Robert Christgau's And It Don't Stop subscription newsletter:

Consumer Guide

Robert Christgau published his Consumer Guide: December, 2019, with fourteen reviews, including an old Armstrong-Ellington date. This is part of his subscription newsletter, And It Don't Stop.

XgauSez

Robert Christgau has added a public post to his And It Don't Stop subscription newsletter: The Swashbuckler, on Dave Hickey's 2017 book Perfect Wave: More Essays on Art and Democracy.

XgauSez

Robert Christgau published his now-monthly XgauSez q&a section. This is a free (public) post, one you would have seen first as a subscriber to his newsletter, And It Don't Stop. This, like all of XgauSez, is archived here.

Consumer Guide

Robert Christgau published his Consumer Guide: November, 2019, with thirteen reviews, including a couple of oldies. This is part of his subscription newsletter, And It Don't Stop.

Book Review

Robert Christgau wrote a review of Ted Gioia's Music: A Subversive History at Los Angeles Times.

Robert Christgau's Consumer Guide: October, 2019 was published through his And It Don't Stop subscription newsletter.

Robert Christgau's now-monthly Xgau Sez questions and answers column was also published through And It Don't Stop, where it is a public post. It is also belatedly archived in the usual place.

Another recent public post is A Dot of Iowa Blue.

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