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Robert Duncan (writer)

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Robert Duncan
Born (1952-11-05) November 5, 1952 (age 71)
Sheboygan, Wisconsin, U.S.
OccupationMusic critic, author, journalist, entrepreneur
Period1970s – Present
SubjectRock music, jazz

Robert Duncan (born November 5, 1952) is an American music critic, author and entrepreneur. Duncan is married to the artist and photographer Roni Hoffman.[1] They have two adult children.


Robert Duncan was managing editor of Creem[2] from 1975 to 1976 and a contributor to the magazine from 1974 to 1981.

His characterization of heavy metal as "dismal, abysmal, terrible, horrible, and stupid music, barely music at all"[3] has been cited multiple times by academics as evidence of the contempt most critics held for the genre.[4][5]

Duncan also writes poetry and novels. His poems have been published in Maintenant, The Journal of Contemporary Dada Writing and Art.[6] His first novel, Loudmouth, based in part on his experiences in music, was published on October 6, 2020, by Three Rooms Press (distributed by PGW/Ingram).


  1. ^ "Roni Hoffman". Roni Hoffman. Retrieved September 17, 2019.
  2. ^ admin (June 6, 2013). "From the Archives: Robert Duncan (2001)". RockCritics.com. Retrieved September 17, 2019.
  3. ^ Ducan, Robert (1984). The Noise: Notes from a Rock 'N' Roll Era. Boston, Massachusetts: Ticknor & Fields. pp. 36–37. ISBN 978-0899193267.
  4. ^ Walser, Robert (1993). ""Nasty, Brutish, and Short?" Rock Critics and Academics Evaluate Metal". Running With the Devil: Power, Gender, and Madness in Heavy Metal Music. Middletown, Connecticut: Wesleyan University Press. p. 20. ISBN 9780819562609.
  5. ^ Weinstein, Deena (2000). Heavy Metal: The Music and its Culture. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Da Capo Press. p. 1. ISBN 9780306809705.
  6. ^ "MAINTENANT 13: A Journal of Contemporary Dada Writing and Art". New York City: Three Rooms Press. November 29, 2018. Retrieved September 17, 2019.

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