Robert Duncan (writer)

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Robert Duncan
Born (1952-11-05)November 5, 1952
Sheboygan, Wisconsin,
United States
Occupation Music critic, author, entrepreneur
Nationality American
Period 1970s-1980s
Subject Rock music, jazz

Robert Duncan (born November 5, 1952) is an American music critic, author and entrepreneur.

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Robert Duncan was part of the "second wave" of writers for Creem magazine,[1] becoming managing editor from 1975 to 1976. In Creem′s 1977 Reader Poll, he finished third in balloting for "Best Rock Critic" behind Lester Bangs and Robert Christgau.[2] During this time he was also a regular contributor to Christgau's Pazz and Jop poll.[3]

He has written for various publications, such as Rolling Stone, Circus, Hit Parader, Life and City (San Francisco), and authored three books about rock music, musicians and culture, including The Noise: Notes from a Rock 'n' Roll Era (Ticknor & Fields, 1984), Kiss (Popular Library, 1978) and Only the Good Die Young: The Rock 'n' Roll Book of the Dead (Crown, 1986). His lengthy characterization of Heavy Metal as "dismal, abysmal, terrible, horrible, and stupid music, barely music at all"[4] has been cited multiple times by academics as evidence of the contempt most critics held for the genre.[5][6]

He is also the co-founder, co-owner and president of the San Francisco-based advertising agency Duncan/Channon.

Bibliography[edit]

Kiss (Popular Library, 1978)
The Noise: Notes from a Rock 'n' Roll Era (Ticknor & Fields, 1984)
Only the Good Die Young: The Rock 'n' Roll Book of the Dead (Crown, 1986)
Springsteen on Springsteen: Interviews, Speeches, and Encounters edited by Jeff Burger (Chicago Review Press, 2013)

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