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Robert Christgau

American music journalist

1942   -  

country of citizenship: United States of America
educated at: Dartmouth College
occupation: journalist, reporter, essayist, writer, music critic
award received: John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship

Robert Thomas Christgau (; born April 18, 1942) is an American essayist and music journalist. One of the earliest professional rock critics, he spent 37 years as the chief music critic and senior editor for The Village Voice, during which time he created and oversaw the annual Pazz & Jop poll. He has also covered popular music for Esquire, Creem, Newsday, Playboy, Rolling Stone, Billboard, NPR, Blender, and MSN Music, and was a visiting arts teacher at New York University.Christgau is known for his terse, letter-graded capsule album reviews, first published in his "Consumer Guide" columns during his tenure at The Village Voice from 1969 to 2006. He has authored three books based on those columns, beginning with Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies (1981), along with two collections of essays. He continued writing reviews in this format for MSN Music, Cuepoint, and Noisey—Vice's music section—where they are currently published in his "Expert Witness" column.
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