Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Any Old Way You Choose It Book Cover

Weird Scenes After the Gold Rush

Because most of it originally appeared in Newsday, I can describe the section that follows as a hodgepodge that illustrates some of the possibilities of newspaper criticism. Most of the artists haven't peaked as yet, and some of them probably never will, but I'm not going to guess which ones. If the personality pieces in "Leaders and Parking Meters" attempt to define the past, when rock was establishing its own permanence, "Weird Scenes After the Gold Rush" is about the flux of the future that such permanence makes inevitable.

Any Old Way You Choose It, 1973

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