And It Don't Stop

Robert Christgau
Music. Books. Politics. Old Age.
Created 11 Sep 2019
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  • Xgau Sez: September, 2021
    22 Sep 2021 • 6 min read
    Share You’ve often talked about how the digital age has destroyed musicians’ ability to make money off their music alone without touring. Your Substack now has well over 1000 subscribers sending in $5...
  • The Big Lookback: Ghost Dance
    14 Sep 2021 • 10 min read
    Share The 9/11 bombings fucked me up, as they did every New Yorker I know. On that date I was still posting to the National Arts Journalism Program’s ARTicles blog, where on September 8 I put up an ap...
  • Consumer Guide: September, 2021
    08 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read
    Share Adult Mom: Driver (Epitaph) When your theme statement evolves into “You’re a lover I am not/That’s why I love you,” you’ve gotten to where your quiet girlpop/queerpop is saying it acutely but no...
  • Little Records With Big Holes
    01 Sep 2021 • 7 min read
    Share This piece, published half a century ago as a Rock & Roll & column in the August 5, 1971, Village Voice, documents both my long-term fondness for AM-radio pop and hippie-era hopes for “progressi...
  • Out of The Box
    25 Aug 2021 • 6 min read
    Share Because Al Pacino shouts it so passionately in Sidney Lumet’s 1975 Dog Day Afternoon, the word “Attica” has remained in the American vocabulary as a rallying cry of protest against repression. I...
  • Xgau Sez: August, 2021
    18 Aug 2021 • 5 min read
    Share Hi Bob, I was wondering if there is any music/album/artist that you thoroughly enjoy personally but as a critic wouldn’t feel comfortable defending or recommending to anyone. I suppose the commo...
  • Consumer Guide: August, 2021
    11 Aug 2021 • < 1 min read
    Share Gyedu-Bley Ambolley: Simigwa (Mr Bongo) In Ronnie Graham’s 1988 Da Capo Guide to Contemporary African Music, this 1973 debut heads a list name-checking several dozen “Various” Ghanaian artists. ...
  • Storytellers
    04 Aug 2021 • 7 min read
    Share In part to further illuminate the eternal conundrum of just how autobiographical we can take first-person songs to be, I bought Liz Phair’s Horror Stories, a collection of autobiographical essay...
  • Xgau Sez: July, 2021
    28 Jul 2021 • 5 min read
    Share Re: “Combating the Sound of Whiteness.” In reading the piece I came to wonder if you’ve read Heartaches by the Number (Cantwell and Friskics-Warren, 2003). Specifically how they choose to define...
  • The Big Lookback: Biz Markie
    20 Jul 2021 • 10 min read
    Share Let’s not get too sentimental here. The prematurely deceased Biz Markie certainly deserves a Big Lookback. But in part because he’s surrounded by so many fondly remembered innovators in an endle...
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