Christgau's Record Guide
Paperback, 1990, Pantheon Books, ISBN 0-679-73015-X, 514 pages
From back cover (original edition):
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.
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The Parts They Left Out