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Robert Christgau's writing on music and books has appeared in numerous publications. The contents of his long-running music column "Consumer Guide" can be found at robertchristgau.com. His most recent book is the memoir Going into the City.

They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us

MUSIC

They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us

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A poet and music critic's boundary-smashing new collection proves to be one of the year's most vital documents on an America in crisis.
With a God on His Side

CULTURAL STUDIES

With a God on His Side

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Across his studies of culture and materialism, critic and philosopher Terry Eagleton looks for the "heart of a heartless world." Essay by Robert Christgau.
The Realest Thing You’ve Ever Seen

MUSIC

The Realest Thing You’ve Ever Seen

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Bruce Springsteen's music and stage persona have always turned on authenticity -- and the artist-turned-memoirist knows exactly how tricky that is. Robert Christgau on the restless,...
1966: The Year the Decade Exploded

MUSIC

1966: The Year the Decade Exploded

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The Summer of Love gets all the press, but in Jon Savage's work of musical history, he argues that the biggest break with the past happened one year before. Review by Robert Christgau.
Lives Saved, Lives Lost

MEMOIR

Lives Saved, Lives Lost

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The godmother of Punk and one of her artistic descendants write about finding homes, musical and otherwise. Essay by Robert Christgau.
Mapping the Earworm’s Genome

MUSIC

Mapping the Earworm’s Genome

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John Seabrook's "The Song Machine" looks at the world of topliners, bliss points, and how the hook you can't get out of your head was engineered to stay there. Robert Christgau reviews.
The Country of Ice Cream Star

FICTION

The Country of Ice Cream Star

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A novel of post-apocalyptic America in the year 2100, starring a heroine "as bell and brave as 'The Hunger Games' Katniss Everdeen - and much more mature."
Excuses, Excuses: The 2014 Dean’s List

ROCK & ROLL &

Excuses, Excuses: The 2014 Dean’s List

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Better late than never: our opinionated rundown of the best of a year in listening.
Spotlight on the Queen

ROCK & ROLL &

Spotlight on the Queen

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David Ritz's new life of Aretha Franklin sheds light on the painstaking artistry that brought her to the throne. Review by Robert Christgau.
Anti-Rockism’s Hall of Fame

Rock & Roll &

Anti-Rockism’s Hall of Fame

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A transatlantic view of pop music's cultural triumph. Review by Robert Christgau.

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More Generous than That

Rock & Roll &

More Generous than That

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A rock musician-turned-novelist takes the woes of three hard-luck Americans and makes them sing.

They Bet Your Life

Rock & Roll &

They Bet Your Life

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Reading tales from inside the hedge fund casino.