Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies is a music
reference book by American music journalist and essayist Robert
Christgau (pictured). It was first published in October 1981 by Ticknor
& Fields. Covering a variety of genres with a focus on rock music, the
book compiles approximately 3,000 capsule album reviews, most of which
were originally written for his "Consumer Guide" column in The Village
Voice throughout the 1970s. Many of the older reviews were rewritten for
the guide to reflect his matured perspective and style, informed by an
interest in the aesthetic and political dimensions of popular music and
a desire to communicate his ideas to readers in an entertaining,
provocative way. The guide was critically well received, with praise
given for its extensive discography, Christgau's judgment, and colorful
writing. A staple of rock-era reference works, it became a source for
popular music studies and a guide for fellow critics, record collectors,
and music shops.
Today's selected anniversaries:
Stand Watie became the last Confederate general to surrender in
the American Civil War.
The College Board administered the first SAT, a major
standardized test for university and college admissions in the United
A bomb attributed to the Sikh separatist group Babbar Khalsa
destroyed Air India Flight 182 above the Atlantic Ocean, killing all 329
Citizens of the United Kingdom voted to support a non-binding
resolution to leave the European Union.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
1. (historical, Ancient Rome) Of or pertaining to the erect phallus that
was carried in bacchic processions.
2. (specifically) Of a poem or song: having the metre of an ode sung in
honour of the bacchic phallus.
3. Of or pertaining to an upward pointing, erect penis; (specifically)
of an artistic depiction of a deity or other figure: possessing an erect
4. (by extension) Lascivious, obscene.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
People with real power never fear of losing it. People with
control think of little else.
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