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'Going Into the City' by Robert Christgau: EW review

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Going Into the City

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Robert Christgau
publisher:
Dey Street Books
genre:
Memoir

We gave it an A-

With a career where he’s reviewed more albums than most people ever hear in their lives, former Village Voice music critic Christgau truly is the dean of American rock critics. And for inside-baseball types, it’s fascinating to hear him recount the origins of rock criticism—especially the key role his former romantic partner Ellen Willis played. But the memoir is more broadly valuable as a street-level portrait of the 1960s hippie-era counterculture, one that strips away most of the mythology it’s been accruing since day one. A–