Miles Raymer
March 10, 2015 AT 12:00 PM EDT

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–

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