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Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough:
Essays in Honor of Robert Christgau
Edited by Tom Carson, Kit Rachlis and Jeff Salamon

Paperback, 2002, Nortex Press, 253 pages, $15 US.

Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough was privately published on the occasion of Robert Christgau's 60th birthday.

Table of Contents

  • Kit Rachlis: Preface
  • Jeff Salamon: Foreward
  • Tom Carson: Xgau

Part I. Any Old Way We Choose It

  • Joe Levy: Thursday
  • Barbara O'Dair: Bob Is God, or, Two or Three Things You Don't Know About Him
  • Steve Erickson: A Concept of Two
  • Mim Udovitch: A Less Treacherous Place
  • Greg Tate: Coming Through
  • Michaelangelo Matos: The Media Center
Part II. (If He's Acting Like a King, That's Because) He's a Human Being
  • Julian Dibbell: Pink
  • Perry Brandston: Bob's My Uncle
  • Robert Sietsema: Vacation Bob
  • Ariel Swartley: Scenes From a Life (or Lives)
  • RJ Smith: The Talk
  • Joe Gross: Robert Christgau: Behind the Music

Part III. The Academy in Peril

  • Perry Meisel: In Exile
  • Simon Frith: An Essay on Criticism
  • Frank Kogan: Democratizing the Intellect
  • Greg Sandow: Why Classical Music Needs Rock & Roll
  • John Rockwell: Beauty and the Bob
  • Debra Rae Cohen: To Hell With the Great Divide, or How I Became an Academic

Interlude I: A Couple of Young Rock Critics Sitting Around Writing

  • Greil Marcus: Letters From Bob Christgau, 1969-71

Part IV. Edit This

  • Dave Hickey: Blading the Honey Pot
  • Gary Giddins: Unedited by Robert Christgau
  • Ed Ward: Detail Work
  • Holly George-Warren: A Few Thoughts on Father Bob
  • Carol Cooper: "The Rules of Bob Xgau"

Part V. The Hardest Working Man in Show Business

  • Milo Miles: Consumer Guide to Consumer Guides
  • Arion Berger: School Days
  • Eric Weisbard: Too Much, Too Many Promos
  • Glenn Kenny: Bob's Your Uncle
  • Peter Stampfel: Happy Birthday, Bob

Interlude II: Christgau Remembers

  • Barbara O'Dair: A Conversation With Robert Christgau

Part VI. In Theory

  • Jon Dolan & Laura Singara: Wanna Buy a Discourse?
  • John Piccarella: Notes Toward a Phenomenology of Critical Listening
  • Lindsay Waters: Come Softly, Darling, Hear What I Say: Listening in a State of Distraction
  • Jason Gross: Charles Keil Follows His Muse
  • Tom Smucker: My Favorite Song in German

Part VII. In Practice

  • John Morthland: Los Lobos
  • Marshall Berman: The Jazz Singer: Love and Theft
  • Nick Catucci: The Crying of Lot MTV
  • John F. Szwed: Notes on the Occasion of the Banning of 2 Live Crew's As Nasty as They Wanna Be
  • Andrew Ross: The Trouble With Trance
  • Georgia Christgau: Turn Out the Lights
  • Tom Johnson: Hymns

Part VIII. A Rock & Roll Critic Is Something to Be


  • Carola Dibbell: Real Piece of Work (excerpt)

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Similar information on this book is also available on Robert Christgau's website. Neither Tom Hull nor Robert Christgau have any financial interest in this book. This web space is provided as a curtesy to the book's editors, who bore all of the expenses.

  RJ Smith