28 Jun 2014

Robert Christgau - An Appointment With The Dean

Robert Christgau
Robert Christgau, CC

Music journalist and academic Robert Christgau – the self-proclaimed "Dean Of American Rock Critics" and long-time music editor for The Village Voice – stopped his Consumer Guide last year, almost 45 years after he began writing it.

Radio New Zealand music reporter Nick Bollinger talks to Robert Christgau about modern pop, good writing and the changing role of the rock critic in the internet age.


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