Join Phil Dellio, Steven Rubio, and myself as we spend two hours gabbing about Robert Christgau and his recently published memoir, Going Into the City: Portrait of a Critic as a Young Man. Not surprisingly — given how these things usually go — City is a springboard for a wide-ranging conversation that also delves into the Consumer Guide and Christgau’s influence in general, along with detours regarding Dave Marsh, Greil Marcus, obscure records, internet flame wars, Eminem, some death, some shit, a hamburger, spaghetti, world travel, crime, etc.
To ground the discussion, each of us participates in The Christgau Challenge by selecting one song apiece which has had a particular Christgauian impact on our respective upbringings. Of course, you’ll have to wade through the entire two hours to find out what our picks are.
- Answers from the Dean — rockcritics.com‘s reader exchange w/Christgau, from 2002
- My podcast interview with Steven Rubio (regarding blogging) ca. 2006