Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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And It Don't Stop on Substack

Robert Christgau's newsletter And It Don't Stop appears three (or four) times a month on Substack. Subscribe here.

Robert Christgau's Big-Hearted Theory of Pop

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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Xgau Sez

Robert Christgau published his monthly Xgau Sez q&a section -- Getting Kinks-y, The Insect Trust, Alejo Carpentier, unexplored quiddities, underrateds & one-offs, and jazz for dinner. -- in his Substack newsletter And It Don't Stop. Like all of Xgau Sez, this is archived here.

Consumer Guide: July, 2024

Robert Christgau published his Consumer Guide: July, 2024: Jazz that swings from tunefulness to abstraction, a Nashville songbird with a can of gas and a match, Seattle self-described bit players with 13 songs in 27 minutes, & blues in search of lasting love. Reviews of: Bounaly, Mike Cooley/Patterson Hood/Jason Isbell, Robert Finley, Fox Green, Ciara Grace, The Gringo Pistoleros, The Libertines, Jason Moran, Willie Nelson, Carly Pearce, Madeleine Peyroux, Slow Pulp, Wimps, Jamila Woods, Charli XCS. This is part of his subscription newsletter, And It Don't Stop. Also archived here.

The Big Lookback: Toronto Rock & Roll Revival 1969

Robert Christgau published a piece, The Big Lookback: Toronto Rock & Roll Revival 1969 -- From "Show," 1970 -- as part of his subscription newsletter, And It Don't Stop. Also archived here.

Xgau Sez

Robert Christgau published his monthly Xgau Sez q&a section -- Keeping (or losing) a taste for the new stuff, the (non) Battle at Artists Space, the album artistry of Otis Redding, forerunners vs. forefathers, existential anxiety, and the appalling Gaza war. -- in his Substack newsletter And It Don't Stop. Like all of Xgau Sez, this is archived here.

A Lifelong Southern Rock Opera

Robert Christgau published a piece, A Lifelong Southern Rock Opera -- Stephen Deusner, "Where the Devil Don't Stay: Traveling the South with the Drive-By Truckers" (2021, 320 pp.) -- as part of his subscription newsletter, And It Don't Stop. Also archived here.

Consumer Guide: June, 2024

Robert Christgau published his Consumer Guide: June, 2024: An exploration of erotic and existential turmoil, five albums (across nine years) from Jon Langford, and two more from an East African supergroup. Plus: Afropop, amapiano, blues, Isbell, and Taylor. Reviews of: Asake, Billie Eilish, Christone "Kingfish" Ingram, Jason Isbell, Jon Langford (5), Shikamoo Jazz (2), Taylor Swift, Uncle Waffles (2). This is part of his subscription newsletter, And It Don't Stop.

The Big Lookback: Drive-By Truckers

Robert Christgau published a piece, The Big Lookback: Drive-By Truckers -- "The Righteous Path," Barnes & Noble Review, March 24, 2011 -- as part of his subscription newsletter, And It Don't Stop. Also archived here.

Xgau Sez

Robert Christgau published his monthly Xgau Sez q&a section -- 'Honey' with some schlock, the b-word, namesake kaffe, dear old Dartmouth, Vampire vibes, and 1968 albums (slight return). -- in his Substack newsletter And It Don't Stop. Like all of Xgau Sez, this is archived here.

Consumer Guide: May, 2024

Robert Christgau published his Consumer Guide: May, 2024: Three (count 'em, three) albums from a universalist, one from a Welsh beatmaker blessed with a silver tongue, the latest from our greatest female pop singer, and jazz's greatest tenor player at 28. Reviews of: Africatown, AL; Beyoncé; The Handcuffs; MIKE/Wiki/The Alchemist; Pylon Reenactment Society; Ren; Req'd; Sonny Rollins; Todd Snider; Rosie Tucker (3); Wan Fambul. This is part of his subscription newsletter, And It Don't Stop.

Weeknight Viewing

Robert Christgau published a piece, Weeknight Viewing -- James Marsh, "The Theory of Everything" (2014); Todd Haynes, "Dark Water" (2019) -- as part of his subscription newsletter, And It Don't Stop.

The Big Lookback: George Clinton

Robert Christgau published a piece, The Big Lookback: George Clinton -- From 1997, "The Goduncle" -- as part of his subscription newsletter, And It Don't Stop.

Xgau Sez

Robert Christgau published his monthly Xgau Sez q&a section -- Pick hits: Margret Drabble and Marshall Berman. Must to avoid: Smashing Pumpkins at Lollapalooza '94. Plus: Radio time (or lack thereof), Dave Marsh (disco mix), and old & new instant excitements. -- in his Substack newsletter And It Don't Stop. Like all of Xgau Sez, this is archived here.

Consumer Guide: April, 2024

Robert Christgau published his Consumer Guide: April, 2024: A blatant genius given to unassuming meditations; one of rap's most eloquent; a bootleg (gone legit) documenting a definitive band becoming such; and musical intelligence vs. the world falling apart. Reviews of: BKtherula, Buck 65/Doseone/Jel, The Cucumbers, The Damned, Dan Ex Machina, Four Tet, Kim Gordon, Heems/Lapgan, Adrianne Lenker, The Messthetics and James Brandon Lewis, Rail Band, Sonic Youth, VAmpire Weekend, Waxahatchee. This is part of his subscription newsletter, And It Don't Stop.

Xgau Sez

Robert Christgau published his monthly Xgau Sez q&a section -- Hip-hop lyricism, the year of the woman circa 2018, very best vs. all-time greatest, Underoath vs. depression, in praise of Kim Stanley Robinson and Swedish socialism, remembering David Schweitzer. -- in his Substack newsletter And It Don't Stop. Like all of Xgau Sez, this is archived here.

Consumer Guide: March, 2024

Robert Christgau published his Consumer Guide: March, 2024: Intelligence that values the lubricious, blues-soaked fun and politics, engaged yet also casual flow that's too smart for cute, and songs situated in day-to-day dilemmas and disappointments. Reviews of: Thomas Anderson, Guy Davis, Doja Cat, R.A.P. Ferreira & Fumitake Tamura, Margaret Glaspy, Michael Hurley, Idles, Les Amazones d'Afrique, Queen, Peter Stampfel/Eli Smith/Walker Shepard, Tierra Whack, Yard Act. This is part of his subscription newsletter, And It Don't Stop.

I Have to deal With It, It Is the Legacy

Robert Christgau published a piece, I Have to Deal With It, It is the Legacy -- A paper from the recent PopCon at the USC Thornton School of Music in Los Angeles -- as part of his subscription newsletter, And It Don't Stop.

The Big Lookback: Yoko Ono, Wussy, Todd Snider

Robert Christgau published a piece, The Big Lookback: Yoko Ono, Wussy, Todd Snider -- Three live shows from 2012 -- as part of his subscription newsletter, And It Don't Stop.

Xgau Sez

Robert Christgau published his monthly Xgau Sez q&a section -- Some thoughts on Eminem, trying (and failing) to get into Neutral Milk Hotel, Chicago blues (Chess and otherwise), A+ best-of albums, pretty good live Stones, and the affordability of CDs. -- in his Substack newsletter And It Don't Stop. Like all of Xgau Sez, this is archived here.

Consumer Guide: February, 2024

Robert Christgau published his Consumer Guide: February, 2024: Eternal bebop, aesthetic force with brains, country soul from Newark, and hip-hop dreams with humanistic impulses. Plus: robot limbs, the aging alt-rock bohemia, hypnotic guitar minimalism, and more. Reviews of: Aesop Rock, Dogo du Togo, Jack Harlow, Hothouse, Millie Jackson, James Kahn, Jim Kweskin, The Mountain Goats, Meshell Ndegeocello, Nirvana, Okuté, Bill Orcutt, The Paranoid Style, Sleater-Kinney. This is part of his subscription newsletter, And It Don't Stop.

Dean's List: 2023

Robert Christgau published a piece, Dean's List: 2023 -- The 83 best albums of the last year (or so) -- as part of his subscription newsletter, And It Don't Stop. The piece has been archived in the Pazz & Jop section, split into essay and list (the latter not fully linked yet).

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