Robert Christgau

Robert Christgau ( born April 18, 1942) is an American essayist and music journalist. Christgau is one of the earliest professional rock critics and known for its short, concise reviews. He described himself as the " Dean of American rock Critics " ( " Dean of American rock critics ").


Robert Christgau grew up in New York City and was rock ' n ' roll fan. He attended Dartmouth College and graduated in 1962 with a Bachelor of Arts in English from. During the college years, he was also involved in jazz, but returned after studying the rock.

He initially wrote short stories, then became a sports journalist and reporter for the Newark Star-Ledger. In 1967 he took over the music column in the magazine Esquire. Christgaus reviews were then since 1969 in his Consumer Guide (about: Consumer notes ) published, including in The Village Voice. He was for 37 years editor of The Village Voice. He also brought out the annual Pazz & Jop poll -.

Since 1972 he has worked full-time as a music critic for Newsday, back to 1974 as Head of Music at The Village Voice. He remained there until August 2006, when he was dismissed after the takeover of the sheet by New Times Media. Two months later, he joined the Rolling Stone where he but the end of 2007 was also dismissed, however, he was three months continued to work. Since the March 2008 issue, he worked for the magazine blender until they ceased their appearance in March 2009. In addition, Christgau wrote occasionally for Playboy, the spin magazine and the magazine Creem.

Robert Christgau taught during his early years at the California Institute of the Arts. In 2005 he held an assistant professorship at the Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music at New York University.

Consumer Guide

Christgaus columns published since 1969 with the title Consumer Guide in The Village Voice, for a short time in Newsday. The reviews were about 18 to 20 lines long. Christgau awarded this school grades of A ( 1 ) to E -. In 1990 he changed the format, six to eight reviews of Upper -B or higher graded albums were now brought out. There was a Dud of the Month ( rivets of the month), the B or less got, and three lists: Honorable Mention ( honorable mention ) ( B albums that did not get a full Review), Choice Cuts ( selected pieces ) ( excellent songs on non-recommended albums), and rivets.


  • Rock album of the 70s. A Critical Guide. Da Capo Press, New York 1981, ISBN 0-306-80409-3.