It’s nice to witness it confirmed: 37-year Voice music critic and Pazz + Jop creator Robert “Bob” Christgau can still produce a hushed awe when he returns to his old stomping grounds to access archives for his memoir. This memoir — Going Into the City: Portrait of a Critic as a Young Man — chronicles the lifelong New Yorker’s pioneering career in rock journalism, which covers just about every iconic event you can imagine, from Woodstock to CBGB. It’s exactly the type of love letter to a still-grimy NYC that we could inhale in one puff, but also a meditation on the industry and history of music in the second half of the twentieth century. Tonight, Rolling Stone‘s Rob Sheffield, author of Love Is a Mix Tape, will talk with him about his
extraordinary career. If Christgau is “The Dean of American Rock Critics,” then we are by extension the undergrads, eager to learn.

Wed., Feb. 25, 7 p.m., 2015