Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Burton Cummings: My Own Way to Rock [Portrait, 1977]
This transparent egoist has had a way with a song ever since the Guess Who days, but the hard rock moves always seem to bring out the sexism in him--a sexism especially repellent because it serves as an outlet not for forbidden class animosities but rather for the familiar old arrogance/self-hate. So it's gratifying that his way with a song should desert him this time. C