Writing the Record
The Village Voice and the Birth of Rock Criticism
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: University of Massachusetts Press
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One of the most difficult things I had to confront when writing this book was that what had often felt like a solitary activityâpartaken of in the hours between dusk and dawn, scribbled on Post-It notes, floating in data clouds, and gnawing at the back of my mind almost alwaysâwould someday be-come public and tangible, bearing my name. That day has come, dear read-...
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The last time I saw Ellen Willis was in the late spring of 2006, when we met to discuss my dissertation, a project I would later revise into this book. Now, I can only remember snippets of our encounter. Out of respect for the graduate students on strike as New York Universityâs administration blocked their efforts to unionize, she insisted we meet off campus, choosing ...
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On October 30, 1955, the New York Times announced to the rest of the city word of a new downtown newspaper. Called the Village Voice, it printed its first issue on October 26 and sold for five cents every Wednesday at Lower Manhattan vendors. Editor Dan Wolf and publisher Ed Fancher intended to make their paper Village-centric not just in distribution. Localism also ...
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Over the course of Goldsteinâs polemic, his tone grew more urgentâone might even say incensed. âWe learn to tell Dostoevski from Spillane, but we know nothing about the flicks,â he wrote. âWe learn to tell Rembrandt from Keane, but we know nothing about advertising.â Here, in the fourth edition of his new Village Voice column Pop Eye, Goldsteinâs argument crescendoed ...
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In college, they showed us an anthropology film about a tribe in Africa some-where, in the middle of a ferocious famine, and the men had to go out hunting giraffes, with water slung over their shoulders, and singing, walking for arid days, trying to smell giraffe dung in the clouds, until finally, over a distant ridge, they saw just the neck of an enormous giraffe with spots like brown ...
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The Voice critics who wrote into 1969 and beyond continued to question the efficacy of a rock-fueled revolutionâa debate deeply intertwined with concerns over whether rock culture was losing its momentum, cogency, and meaning. Christgau professed his ambivalence in his column Rock & Roll &, writing âRock and roll .Â .Â . is going to revolutionize the world,â before ...
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The 1970s secured Christgauâs standing as one of rock criticismâs most per-spicacious observers as well as its eagerest workhorse. As editor of the Voicemusic section, he steered the writing of numerous prominent critics; his tireless effort at the Consumer Guide, for a number of years printed in the Voice as well as Creem, guaranteed that his writing style and taste prefer-...
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Page Count: 176
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: American Popular Music
Series Editor Byline: Jeffrey Melnick, Rachel Rubin