Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Music and culture critic Robert Christgau joins Barnes & Noble Review team

Barnes & Noble.com (www.bn.com), a wholly owned subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS), the world’s largest bookseller, announced today the debut of a new monthly column by legendary music and culture critic Robert Christgau. The Barnes & Noble Review’s (www.bn.com/review) “Rock & Rock &” column, by the acclaimed journalist, essayist, and “Dean of American Rock Critics,” features Christgau’s informed and brilliantly idiosyncratic take on music, books, and culture.

“We are very excited to welcome Robert Christgau, whose writing helped define an entire era’s approach to both music and cultural criticism,” said James Mustich, editor-in-chief of the Barnes & Noble Review. “In his new monthly column, Christgau will have a large canvas to explore the books, ideas and music that excite his mind and ear.”

Known for his long tenure at the Village Voice, Robert Christgau began his career as a music columnist at Esquire in 1967. He moved to the Voice in 1969, while also working as a college professor. In 1972, he began a two-year run as music critic for Newsday, before returning to the Village Voice in 1974 as music editor, where he remained until 2006 and where he contributed his avidly followed Consumer’s Guide. Following his stint there, Christgau accepted a position as a contributing editor with Rolling Stone before leaving for Blender, where he became co-chief music critic.

Christgau has also written frequently for Playboy, Spin and Creem and taught at the California Institute of the Arts. As of 2005, he was also an adjunct professor in the Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music at New York University.

Known for his wide range of interests and knowledge, and his ability to pack record reviews with dense detail, wit, and intriguing connections, Christgau joins a fine array of Barnes & Noble Review contributors. Well-know and respected within their fields, these contributors include Brooke Allen, Eloisa James, Daniel Menaker, Ezra Klein, Tom Carson, Michael Dirda, Dava Sobel, and Scott McLemee, among many others.

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