Yesterday I learned that music critic Robert Christgau has written the last of his Consumer Guides, which have appeared, first in The Village Voice and then on MSN.com, for 41 years.
Other, better writers than the one you're reading have already explained why this is a loss for fans of both rock writing and writing in general, so rather than offer inadequate and redundant praise for Christgau's long-running project, I'd like to share a related personal story.
In 2005, I was employed writing sales training manuals for a company in suburban Toronto. I didn't like the job. I was often soul-crushingly bored, and passed time in the office by reading and re-reading the archived reviews on Christgau's website. The writing was smart. It was funny. It compelled me seek out new albums and reconsider old ones. It made me want to be a rock writer.
One spring afternoon, I decided to email Christgau, who was still at The Voice, a review of a Brian Jonestown Massacre concert that I'd written for myRead More »from A Salute To The Dean Of American Rock Critics