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

Robert Duncan
Born (1952-11-05) November 5, 1952 (age 66)
Sheboygan, Wisconsin, U.S.
OccupationMusic critic, author, entrepreneur
Period1970s-1980s
SubjectRock music, jazz

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CareerEdit

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] In 2019, Duncan appeared in the documentary Boy Howdy: The Story of Creem Magazine.[4]

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"[5] has been cited multiple times by academics as evidence of the contempt most critics held for the genre.[6][7]

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

BibliographyEdit

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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