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  • By Dean Jones
    Jan 16, 2014
    Expert Witness was Robert Christgau's blog for writing music reviews following the demise of his long-running Consumer Guide. Between 2010 and 2013, he engaged with fans in short and lengthy discussions, encouraged debate and friendship and discovered what he must have known all along: that he possessed an extensive, loyal fan base consisting of a wide disparity of people in terms of age and nationality (nearly all male, unfortunately), who hung on his every word. Music is the great divider; blogs aren't exactly conducive to lasting, let alone civil and intelligent communication. The appeal of Expert Witness is that you could discuss and recommend music, debate people more knowledgeable than yourself on a level playing field without having to wade through a sea of assholes and without having your voice drowned out in the din. Where else might you quibble with Joe Levy over Dylan knowing you hadn't a hope in hell of succeeding? The funny thing is that it wasn't impossible. I bought... More > this book not really knowing what it consisted of. Most of its pages are filled with testimonials and farewells from fans, including – notably – Joe Levy, Milo Miles, Chuck Cleaver, Adam Weiner and Carola Dibbell. They are a joy to read. However, having been there from the very beginning, I can't deny my feelings of disappointment at being excluded, not when Mongo the troll, of all people (not a bad troll, as far as trolls go), gets the last word, but for the sake of this review, I'll put all personal feelings aside and say it's a decent and heartfelt tribute. I'm glad I own it.< Less
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Product Details

First Edition
Twitness Press
December 21, 2013
Hardcover (dust-jacket)
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.99 lbs.
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