Robert Christgau
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"Robert Thomas Christgau" is an American essayist, music journalist, and self-proclaimed "Dean of American Rock Critics".

One of the earliest professional rock critics, Christgau is known for his terse capsule reviews, published from 1969 to 2013 in his Consumer Guide columns. He also spent 37 years as music editor for The Village Voice, during which time he created the annual Pazz & Jop poll.

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One Step Beyond.

It seems to me that one of his '50s albums goes in there because they're as important as records as (the Beatles' album) 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. As achievements, they're amazing.

Given that it's an impossible thing that they set themselves to do, they didn't do such a terrible job.

The third cut of it is so horrendous, ... I thought I couldn't ignore her any longer. I just sat there, agape. It was a song about how stupid her boyfriend is, and how she liked him because he is stupid. I couldn't believe .

[The Voice — which is a union shop — has an internal culture that's famously feisty and fractious. When the company recently announced it was cutting writers' pay, senior editor Robert Christgau wrote a letter posted on a popular media Web site vowing,] We at the Voice are not taking this lying down. ... Many believe this is an attempt by management to render the paper more salable.