Any Old Way You Choose It: Rock and Other Pop Music, 1967-1973

Any Old Way You Choose It: Rock and Other Pop Music, 1967-1973

by Robert Christgau
     
 

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Many believe Robert Christgau invented rock criticism. Cooper Square Press offers an expanded edition of his early writings, unavailable since 1978. It was one of the first books on rock music, an invaluable compendium showcasing a new sub-genre of writing not yet contained by the established boundaries of journalism or criticism. Christgau deftly applies his

Overview

Many believe Robert Christgau invented rock criticism. Cooper Square Press offers an expanded edition of his early writings, unavailable since 1978. It was one of the first books on rock music, an invaluable compendium showcasing a new sub-genre of writing not yet contained by the established boundaries of journalism or criticism. Christgau deftly applies his intellectual approach to popular music, showing that it is as worthy of serious study as any other art form. Yet his writing is never pretentious, as he presents early record reviews, discusses music as it relates to popular culture, and profiles artists as diverse as Frank Zappa, Carole King, Captain Beefheart, Tom Jones, and Chuck Berry.

Editorial Reviews

The New York Times
What gives Christgau's writing life is the quickness of his mind, the intricacy of the web of thoughts he spins, the multiplicity of the layers of thought that he can work into seemingly the most simple notices.
— John Rockwell
Los Angeles Herald Examiner
Few critics are more provocative than Robert Christgau. Ferociously polemical, able to comvine cool erudition and zingy one-liners in the same paragraph, imperious and funny and impeccably accurate, Christgau is passionate about pure, unadorned rock 'n' roll without being ponderous about it.
— Ken Tucker
Library Journal
A noted rock critic, who has written on that subject for the Village Voice since 1969 and is considered by many to be among the fathers of that field, Christgau here updates his 1973 volume with essays on Wilson Picket, Jefferson Airplane, and Captain Beefheart. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780815410416
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
08/15/2000
Edition description:
Updated Edition
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
5.54(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.82(d)

Meet the Author

Robert Christgau is chief music critic for The Village Voice and a contributing writer for Rolling Stone.

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