Why Christgau Is The Dean Of Rock Critics

The Village Voice has disposed of a legend in firing Robert Christgau. “Christgau’s project at the Voice was to create a venue for popular-music writing that assumed a certain readership—one equipped not just with broad cultural knowledge but with a fluency in music history, the pop canon, and all the little meta-narratives of individual artists and their discographies. The goal, in other words, was to talk about pop music in the way literary critics talked about books.”