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Robert Thomas Christgau (born April 18, 1942) is an American essayist and music journalist. [1]

132 relations: Actually, Alan Freed, American Woman, Ann Powers, Art rock, Atheism, Barnes & Noble, Billboard (magazine), Blender (magazine), Bluegrass music, Bohemianism, Born again, California Institute of the Arts, Capsule review, Carola Dibbell, Chuck Berry, Chuck Eddy, Clive Davis, Color Me Obsessed, Concert film, Creem, Da Drought 3, Dancehall, Dartmouth College, Dave Marsh, Dirty Mind, Douglas Wolk, Ellen Willis, English studies, Esquire (magazine), Frank Sinatra, Freelancer, Gay Talese, Going Into the City, Gospel music, Greenwich Village, Greenwood Publishing Group, Greil Marcus, Guggenheim Fellowship, HarperCollins, Harvard University Press, Heavy metal music, Highbrow, Irish traditional music, Jackson Pollock, Jazz, Jazz fusion, Jody Rosen, John Lennon, Kill Yr Idols, ..., Leave Home, Lester Bangs, Lil Wayne, Live: Take No Prisoners, Lou Reed, Louis Armstrong, Macmillan Publishers, Medium (website), Memoir, Merle Haggard, Mick Jagger, Miles Davis, Misterioso (Thelonious Monk album), Moby Grape, MSN Music, Music journalism, Neil Tennant, New Jersey, New Journalism, New York (magazine), New York (state), New York Dolls, New York Dolls (album), New York University, Newsday, NPR, Pantheon Books, Paul McCartney, Pauline Kael, Pazz & Jop, Penguin Books, Pet Shop Boys, Pitchfork (website), Playboy, PopMatters, Popular culture, Pornography, Prince (musician), Progressive rock, Public relations, Queens, Questlove, Ramones, Ray Price (musician), Richard Nixon, Robert F. Kennedy, Rock and roll, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Rolling Stone, Salon (website), Seattle, September 11 attacks, Short story, Sketches of Spain, Slant Magazine, Slate (magazine), Sonic Youth, Spin (magazine), Sports journalism, St. Martin's Press, Sting (musician), Synchronicity (The Police album), Techno, The Beatles, The Clash (album), The Guardian, The Police, The Replacements (band), The Star-Ledger, The Village Voice, The Wire (magazine), Thelonious Monk, Ticknor and Fields, Tom Wolfe, Vampire Weekend, Vice (magazine), Village Voice Media, Westword, Wichita, Kansas, Willie Nelson, Wow/Grape Jam, Wussy. Expand index (82 more) »


Actually (stylised as Pet Shop Boys, actually.) is the second album by English pop duo Pet Shop Boys, released on 7 September 1987 by Parlophone in the United Kingdom and by EMI Manhattan in the United States and Canada.

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Alan Freed

Albert James "Alan" Freed (December 15, 1921 – January 20, 1965) was an American disc jockey.

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American Woman

"American Woman" is a song released by the Canadian rock band the Guess Who in November 1969, from their sixth studio album of the same name.

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Ann Powers

Ann K. Powers (born February 4, 1964) is an American writer and pop music critic.

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Art rock

Art rock is a subgenre of rock music that generally reflects a challenging or avant-garde approach to rock, or which makes use of modernist, experimental, or unconventional elements.

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Atheism is, in the broadest sense, the absence of belief in the existence of deities.

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Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble, Inc., a Fortune 500 company, is the bookseller with the largest number of retail outlets in the United States, and a retailer of content, digital media, and educational products.

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Billboard (magazine)

Billboard (styled as billboard) is an American entertainment media brand owned by the Billboard-Hollywood Reporter Media Group, a division of Eldridge Industries.

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Blender (magazine)

Blender was an American music magazine that billed itself as "the ultimate guide to music and more".

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Bluegrass music

Bluegrass music is a form of American roots music named after Kentucky mandolin player and songwriter Bill Monroe's band, the Bluegrass Boys 1939-96, and furthered by musicians who played with him, including 5-string banjo player Earl Scruggs and guitarist Lester Flatt, or who simply admired the high-energy instrumental and vocal music Monroe's group created, and carried it on into new bands, some of which created subgenres (Progressive Bluegrass, Newgrass, Dawg Music etc.). Bluegrass is influenced by the music of Appalachia and other styles, including gospel and jazz.

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Bohemianism is the practice of an unconventional lifestyle, often in the company of like-minded people and with few permanent ties.

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Born again

In some Christian movements, particularly in Evangelicalism, to be born again, or to experience the new birth, is a popular phrase referring to "spiritual rebirth", or a regeneration of the human spirit from the Holy Spirit, contrasted with physical birth.

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California Institute of the Arts

The California Institute of the Arts, known by its nickname CalArts, is a private university located in Valencia, California.

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Capsule review

A capsule review is a form of criticism, usually associated with journalism, that offers a relatively short critique of a specified artistic work (movie, music album, restaurant, painting, etc.). Capsule reviews generally appear in publications like newspapers and magazines, and can range anywhere from just a few sentences up to around 300 words.

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Carola Dibbell

Carola Dibbell is an American music journalist and author.

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Chuck Berry

Charles Edward Anderson Berry (October 18, 1926 – March 18, 2017) was an American singer, songwriter, musician, and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music.

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Chuck Eddy

Chuck Eddy (born November 26, 1960) is an American music journalist.

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Clive Davis

Clive Jay Davis (born April 4, 1932) is an American record producer, A&R executive and music industry executive.

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Color Me Obsessed

Color Me Obsessed, which made its film festival debut in April, 2011, is a rockumentary by Gorman Bechard about the legendary American alternative rock band The Replacements.

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Concert film

A concert film or concert movie, is a type of documentary film, the subject of which is an extended live performance or concert by either a musician or a stand-up comedian.

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Creem (which is always capitalized in print as CREEM despite the magazine's nameplate appearing in mostly lower case letters), "America's Only Rock 'n' Roll Magazine", was a monthly rock 'n' roll publication first published in March 1969 by Barry Kramer and founding editor Tony Reay.

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Da Drought 3

Da Drought 3 is a double-disc mixtape by Lil Wayne, released on April 13, 2007.

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Dancehall is a genre of Jamaican popular music that originated in the late 1970s.

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Dartmouth College

Dartmouth College is a private Ivy League research university in Hanover, New Hampshire, United States.

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Dave Marsh

Dave Marsh (born March 1, 1950) is an American music critic, author, editor and radio talk show host.

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Dirty Mind

Dirty Mind is the third studio album by American recording artist Prince.

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Douglas Wolk

Douglas Wolk is a Portland, Oregon-based author and critic.

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Ellen Willis

Ellen Jane Willis (December 14, 1941 – November 9, 2006) was an American left-wing political essayist, journalist, activist, feminist, and pop music critic.

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English studies

English studies (usually called simply English) is an academic discipline taught in primary, secondary, and post-secondary education in English-speaking countries; it is not to be confused with English taught as a foreign language, which is a distinct discipline.

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Esquire (magazine)

Esquire is an American men's magazine, published by the Hearst Corporation in the United States.

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Frank Sinatra

Francis Albert Sinatra (December 12, 1915 – May 14, 1998) was an American singer, actor, and producer who was one of the most popular and influential musical artists of the 20th century.

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A freelancer or freelance worker is a term commonly used for a person who is self-employed and is not necessarily committed to a particular employer long-term.

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Gay Talese

Gay Talese (born February 7, 1932) is an American writer.

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Going Into the City

Going Into the City (full title: Going into the City: Portrait of a Critic as a Young Man) is a 2015 memoir by American music critic Robert Christgau.

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Gospel music

Gospel music is a genre of Christian music.

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Greenwich Village

Greenwich Village often referred to by locals as simply "the Village", is a neighborhood on the west side of Lower Manhattan, New York City.

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Greenwood Publishing Group

ABC-CLIO/Greenwood is an educational and academic publisher (middle school through university level) which is today part of ABC-CLIO.

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Greil Marcus

Greil Marcus (born June 19, 1945) is an American author, music journalist and cultural critic.

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Guggenheim Fellowship

Guggenheim Fellowships are grants that have been awarded annually since 1925 by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation to those "who have demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts".

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HarperCollins Publishers L.L.C. is one of the world's largest publishing companies and is one of the Big Five English-language publishing companies, alongside Hachette, Macmillan, Penguin Random House, and Simon & Schuster.

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Harvard University Press

Harvard University Press (HUP) is a publishing house established on January 13, 1913, as a division of Harvard University, and focused on academic publishing.

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Heavy metal music

Heavy metal (or simply metal) is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, largely in the United Kingdom.

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Used colloquially as a noun or adjective, "highbrow" is synonymous with intellectual; as an adjective, it also means elite, and generally carries a connotation of high culture.

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Irish traditional music

Irish traditional music (also known as Irish trad, Irish folk music, and other variants) is a genre of folk music that developed in Ireland.

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Jackson Pollock

Jackson Pollock (January 28, 1912 – August 11, 1956) was an American painter and a major figure in the abstract expressionist movement.

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Jazz is a music genre that originated in the African-American communities of New Orleans, United States, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and developed from roots in blues and ragtime.

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Jazz fusion

Jazz fusion (also known as fusion) is a musical genre that developed in the late 1960s when musicians combined aspects of jazz harmony and improvisation with styles such as funk, rock, rhythm and blues, and Latin jazz.

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Jody Rosen

Jody Rosen (born June 21, 1969 in New York City) is an American journalist and author.

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John Lennon

John Winston Ono Lennon (9 October 19408 December 1980) was an English singer, songwriter, and peace activist who co-founded the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music.

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Kill Yr Idols

Kill Yr Idols is an EP by American alternative rock band Sonic Youth.

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Leave Home

Leave Home is the second studio album by American punk rock band the Ramones.

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Lester Bangs

Leslie Conway "Lester" Bangs (December 14, 1948 – April 30, 1982) was an American music journalist, critic, author, and musician.

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Lil Wayne

Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. (born September 27, 1982), known professionally as Lil Wayne, is an American rapper.

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Live: Take No Prisoners

Live: Take No Prisoners is a 1978 live album by Lou Reed, recorded during May 1978 at The Bottom Line in New York.

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Lou Reed

Lewis Allan Reed (March 2, 1942 – October 27, 2013) was an American musician, singer, and songwriter.

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Louis Armstrong

Louis Daniel Armstrong (August 4, 1901 – July 6, 1971), nicknamed Satchmo, Satch, and Pops, was an American trumpeter, composer, singer and occasional actor who was one of the most influential figures in jazz.

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Macmillan Publishers

Macmillan Publishers Ltd (occasionally known as the Macmillan Group) is an international publishing company owned by Holtzbrinck Publishing Group.

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Medium (website)

Medium is an online publishing platform developed by Evan Williams, and launched in August 2012.

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A memoir (US: /ˈmemwɑːr/; from French: mémoire: memoria, meaning memory or reminiscence) is a collection of memories that an individual writes about moments or events, both public or private, that took place in the subject's life.

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Merle Haggard

Merle Ronald Haggard (April 6, 1937 – April 6, 2016) was an American country singer, songwriter, guitarist, and fiddler.

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Mick Jagger

Sir Michael Philip Jagger (born 26 July 1943), known professionally as Mick Jagger, is an English singer-songwriter, musician, composer and actor who gained fame as the lead singer and one of the founder members of the Rolling Stones.

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Miles Davis

Miles Dewey Davis III (May 26, 1926September 28, 1991) was an American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, and composer.

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Misterioso (Thelonious Monk album)

Misterioso is a 1958 live album by American jazz ensemble the Thelonious Monk Quartet.

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Moby Grape

Moby Grape is an American rock group from the 1960s, known for having all five members contribute to singing and songwriting, which collectively merged elements of folk music, blues, country, and jazz with rock and psychedelic music.

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MSN Music

MSN Music is a part of MSN's web services.

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Music journalism

Music journalism (or "music criticism") is media criticism and reporting about popular music topics, including pop music, rock music, and related styles.

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Neil Tennant

Neil Francis Tennant (born 10 July 1954) is an English musician, singer, songwriter, music journalist and co-founder of the synthpop duo Pet Shop Boys, which he formed with Chris Lowe in 1981.

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New Jersey

New Jersey is a state in the Mid-Atlantic region of the Northeastern United States.

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New Journalism

New Journalism is a style of news writing and journalism, developed in the 1960s and 1970s, which uses literary techniques deemed unconventional at the time.

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New York (magazine)

New York is an American biweekly magazine concerned with life, culture, politics, and style generally, and with a particular emphasis on New York City.

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New York (state)

New York is a state in the northeastern United States.

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New York Dolls

The New York Dolls were an American hard rock band formed in New York City in 1971.

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New York Dolls (album)

New York Dolls is the 1973 debut studio album by the American hard rock band New York Dolls.

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New York University

New York University (NYU) is a private nonprofit research university based in New York City.

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Newsday is an American daily newspaper that primarily serves Nassau and Suffolk counties and the New York City borough of Queens on Long Island, although it is sold throughout the New York metropolitan area.

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National Public Radio (usually shortened to NPR, stylized as npr) is an American privately and publicly funded non-profit membership media organization based in Washington, D.C. It serves as a national syndicator to a network of over 1,000 public radio stations in the United States.

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Pantheon Books

Pantheon Books is an American book publishing imprint with editorial independence.

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Paul McCartney

Sir James Paul McCartney (born 18 June 1942) is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer.

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Pauline Kael

Pauline Kael (June 19, 1919 – September 3, 2001) was an American film critic who wrote for The New Yorker magazine from 1968 to 1991.

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Pazz & Jop

Pazz & Jop is an annual poll of musical releases compiled by American newspaper The Village Voice since 1971.

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Penguin Books

Penguin Books is a British publishing house.

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Pet Shop Boys

The Pet Shop Boys are an English synthpop duo, formed in London in 1981 and consisting of Neil Tennant (lead vocals, keyboards, occasional guitar) and Chris Lowe (keyboards, vocals).

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Pitchfork (website)

Pitchfork is an American online magazine launched in 1995 by Ryan Schreiber, based in Chicago, Illinois and owned by Condé Nast.

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Playboy is an American men's lifestyle and entertainment magazine.

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PopMatters is an international online magazine of cultural criticism that covers many aspects of popular culture.

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Popular culture

Popular culture (also called pop culture) is generally recognized as a set of the practices, beliefs, and objects that are dominant or ubiquitous in a society at a given point in time.

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Pornography (often abbreviated porn) is the portrayal of sexual subject matter for the exclusive purpose of sexual arousal.

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Prince (musician)

Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016) was an American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer and filmmaker.

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Progressive rock

Progressive rock (shortened as prog; sometimes called art rock, classical rock or symphonic rock) is a broad genre of rock music that developed in the United Kingdom and United States throughout the mid to late 1960s.

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Public relations

Public relations (PR) is the practice of managing the spread of information between an individual or an organization (such as a business, government agency, or a nonprofit organization) and the public.

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Queens is the easternmost and largest in area of the five boroughs of New York City.

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Ahmir Khalib Thompson (born January 20, 1971), known professionally as Questlove (stylized as ?uestlove), is an American percussionist, multi-instrumentalist, DJ, music journalist, record producer, and occasional actor.

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The Ramones were an American punk rock band that formed in the New York City neighborhood of Forest Hills, Queens, in 1974.

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Ray Price (musician)

Noble Ray Price (January 12, 1926December 16, 2013) was an American country music singer, songwriter, and guitarist.

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Richard Nixon

Richard Milhous Nixon (January 9, 1913 – April 22, 1994) was an American politician who served as the 37th President of the United States, serving from 1969 until 1974, when he resigned from office, the only U.S. president to do so.

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Robert F. Kennedy

Robert Francis "Bobby" Kennedy (November 20, 1925 – June 6, 1968) was an American politician and lawyer who served as the 64th United States Attorney General from January 1961 to September 1964, and as a U.S. Senator for New York from January 1965 until his assassination in June 1968.

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Rock and roll

Rock and roll (often written as rock & roll or rock 'n' roll) is a genre of popular music that originated and evolved in the United States during the late 1940s and early 1950sJim Dawson and Steve Propes, What Was the First Rock'n'Roll Record (1992),.

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, located on the shore of Lake Erie in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, recognizes and archives the history of the best-known and most influential artists, producers, engineers, and other notable figures who have had some major influence on the development of rock and roll.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone is an American monthly magazine that focuses on popular culture.

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Salon (website)

Salon is an American news and opinion website, created by David Talbot in 1995 and currently owned by the Salon Media Group.

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Seattle is a seaport city on the west coast of the United States.

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September 11 attacks

The September 11, 2001 attacks (also referred to as 9/11) were a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda against the United States on the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001.

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Short story

A short story is a piece of prose fiction that typically can be read in one sitting and focuses on a self-contained incident or series of linked incidents, with the intent of evoking a "single effect" or mood, however there are many exceptions to this.

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Sketches of Spain

Sketches of Spain is an album by Miles Davis, recorded between November 1959 and March 1960 at the Columbia 30th Street Studio in New York City.

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Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine is an American online publication that features reviews of movies, music, TV, DVDs, theater, and video games, as well as interviews with actors, directors, and musicians.

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Slate (magazine)

Slate is an online magazine that covers current affairs, politics, and culture in the United States from a liberal perspective.

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Sonic Youth

Sonic Youth was an American rock band based in New York City, formed in 1981.

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Spin (magazine)

Spin is an American music magazine founded in 1985 by publisher Bob Guccione, Jr. The magazine stopped running in print in 2012 and currently runs as a webzine.

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Sports journalism

Sports journalism is a form of writing that reports on sporting topics and competitions.

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St. Martin's Press


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Sting (musician)

Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner (born 2 October 1951), known as Sting, is an English singer, songwriter, and actor.

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Synchronicity (The Police album)

Synchronicity is the fifth and final studio album by English rock band the Police, released in the United Kingdom on 17 June 1983.

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Techno is a form of electronic dance music that emerged in Detroit, Michigan, in the United States during the mid-to-late 1980s.

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The Beatles

The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960.

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The Clash (album)

The Clash is the debut studio album by English punk rock band the Clash.

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The Guardian

The Guardian is a British daily newspaper.

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The Police

The Police were a British rock band formed in London in 1977.

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The Replacements (band)

The Replacements were an American rock band formed in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1979.

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The Star-Ledger

The Star-Ledger is the largest circulated newspaper in the U.S. state of New Jersey and is based in Newark.

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The Village Voice

The Village Voice is an American news and culture paper, known for being the country's first alternative newsweekly.

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The Wire (magazine)

The Wire (sometimes stylised as WIRE) is a British avant garde music magazine, founded in May 1982 by jazz promoter Anthony Wood and journalist Chrissie Murray.

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Thelonious Monk

Thelonious Sphere Monk (October 10, 1917 – February 17, 1982) was an American jazz pianist and composer.

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Ticknor and Fields

Ticknor and Fields was an American publishing company based in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Tom Wolfe

Thomas Kennerly Wolfe Jr. (March 2, 1930Some sources say 1931; the New York Times and Reuters both initially reported 1931 in their obituaries before changing to 1930. See and – May 14, 2018) was an American author and journalist widely known for his association with New Journalism, a style of news writing and journalism developed in the 1960s and 1970s that incorporated literary techniques.

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Vampire Weekend

Vampire Weekend is an American rock band from New York City, formed in 2006 and currently signed to Columbia Records.

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Vice (magazine)

Vice is a Canadian-American print magazine focused on arts, culture, and news topics.

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Village Voice Media

Village Voice Media or VVM began in 1970 as a weekly alternative newspaper in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Westword is a free alternative weekly newspaper based in Denver, Colorado.

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Wichita, Kansas

Wichita is the largest city in the U.S. state of Kansas.

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Willie Nelson

Willie Hugh Nelson (born April 29, 1933) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, author, poet, actor, and activist.

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Wow/Grape Jam

Wow/Grape Jam is the second album by the rock band Moby Grape, released in 1968.

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Wussy is an American five-piece indie rock band from Cincinnati, Ohio, United States, formed in 2001.

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