By Troy Patterson
December 11, 1998 at 05:00 AM EST

Grown Up All Wrong: 75 Great Rock and Pop Artists From Vaudeville to Techno

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His introductory asides aside, Robert Christgau tempts comparison to Pauline Kael: Rigor of thought and richness of prose mark each of them as a prime mover of pop criticism. In his first collection, Grown Up All Wrong: 75 Great Rock and Pop Artists from Vaudeville to Techno, the Village Voice music critic illuminates a broad range of figures — including bluesmen, riot grrrls, British invaders, Amerindie ascenders, kings of pop, queens of soul, and Prince — and hardly misses a beat. And whenever his all-pervasive class consciousness threatens to make for dry reading, his fan’s love of rock lightens the tone. A-

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