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October 19, 2006
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ROCK CRITIC ROBERT CHRISTGAU JOINS NPR AS CONTRIBUTING CRITIC FOR ALL THINGS CONSIDERED


First Review Airs Today on All Things Considered


Washington, D.C.; October 19, 2006 Ė Rock critic Robert Christgau joins NPR as a contributing critic for All Things Considered, NPRís afternoon newsmagazine. His first review airs today, Thursday, October 19, 2006, on the program. Christgau will contribute music reviews to All Things Considered several times each month. He will continue to be a featured guest on NPR's online-only music program, All Songs Considered, as a panelist for its shows on upcoming releases.

The self-described "Dean of American Rock Critics," Christgau has been writing about rock and roll and popular culture since his first column was published by Esquire in 1967. Earlier this year he ended more than three decades with the Village Voice, where he served as a senior editor as well as the weekly paperís chief music critic. In that role he oversaw the paper's annual "Pazz & Jop" poll of the nationís music critics, though he is best known for his Consumer Guide columns, which for the first time offered graded capsule reviews of new albums. To date, heís given more than 12,000 albums the treatment. Christgau has authored five books, including Grown Up All Wrong: 75 Great Rock and Pop Artists from Vaudeville to Techno, Any Old Way You Choose It: Rock and Other Pop Music, 1967-1973 and three record guides.

To find local stations and broadcast times for All Things Considered, visit www.NPR.org/stations. The audio for todayís review will be available after 7:30pm (ET) at www.NPR.org.