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'Going Into the City,' rock critic Robert Christgau's back pages
'Going Into the City,' rock critic Robert Christgau's back pages

If we peg the birth of rock writing to Richard Goldstein establishing his "Pop Eye" column in the Village Voice, the form turns 50 next summer. If instead we tie it to Jane Scott's Cleveland Plain Dealer report on the Beatles in September 1964, we should have been celebrating last fall. Either way, Robert Christgau ("Xgau" to insiders) was on the beat early. When Goldstein "lost the rockcrit calling," Christgau stepped into his shoes at the Voice with a new column in summer 1969, Rock & Roll &. At age 72, he's still going strong, though not for the Voice, which laid him off in 2006. In what he swears was a champagne-fueled joke, Christgau...

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