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Richard Meltzer (born May 11, 1945) was one of the earliest rock music critics. His first book, The Aesthetics of Rock, evolved out of his undergraduate studies in philosophy at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and graduate studies at Yale University. At school, he developed a reputation as something of a prankster, although his actions were closer to the spirit of performance art happenings promoted by one of his professors, Allan Kaprow, than to fraternity hijinks. One of his actions involved sending a tape recorder to class with his comments for the day on tape. Fellow student Sandy Pearlman was responsible for pushing the button. Meltzer also dabbled in art, including "detourned" comic books in the style of the Situationists, which had various objects added to the pages.

Meltzer, along with Sandy Pearlman and several other students, earned money on the side as booking agents for the big musical acts that came to Stony Brook in the 1960s. Following that, the two started writing lyrics and arranging gigs for a musical group they were promoting called Soft White Underbelly, later renamed Blue yster Cult (BC). Meltzer wrote the lyrics to many of the band's songs, including the hit Burnin' for You.

BC guitarist and keyboardist Allen Lanier is often credited with coming up with the umlaut over the 'O', but Meltzer claims to have suggested it to producer and manager Pearlman just after Pearlman came up with the name: "I said, 'How about an umlaut over the O?' Metal had a Wagnerian aspect anyway."

Meltzer started his career in 1967 writing for Paul Williams' Crawdaddy! magazine. That year, he also taught a class in aesthetics at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

During the punk rock era, he formed a band called VOM (short for "Vomit") and released a four-song, 7-inch EP that included "Electrocute Your Cock". Meltzer also produced a student movie filmed in Malibu, The Pike in Long Beach, and a beach-side sewage treatment plant in El Segundo, with future Mau Maus guitarist Mike R. Livingston pantomiming rhythm guitar, and other members who would evolve into the Angry Samoans. The film for "Electrocute Your Cock" shows "Halifax, NS" t-shirt-clad Meltzer in the shower with jumper cables attached to his crotch, and sparks hand-drawn onto the film cels simulating electrocution. Also included was a beach-side clip for "Punkmobile." The film is included in The Angry Samoans' posthumous 1995 VHS compilation, True Documentary Video.

In the 1980s, Meltzer dabbled in architectural criticism, writing a series of articles for the L.A. Reader alternative weekly on the ugliest buildings in Los Angeles; these pieces were later published as a book. He moved to Portland, Oregon in the 1990s, but continued contributing to the San Diego Reader. He was also a regular columnist for Addicted to Noise, and by 2004 he was a contributor to a new weekly, Los Angeles CityBeat.

In 2002 he released the CD Tropic of Nipples along with Smegma, VOM, Antler and Robert Pollard of Guided by Voices.

He has also performed and recorded over the past decade with the improvisational music group Smegma.

He is the uncle of professional wrestling writer Dave Meltzer.

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Total Books: 18
Autumn Rhythm Musings on Time Tide Aging Dying and Such Biz
Autumn Rhythm Musings on Time Tide Aging Dying and Such Biz
A Whore Just Like the Rest The Music Writings of Richard Meltzer
2000 - A Whore Just Like the Rest the Music Writings of Richard Meltzer (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780306809538
ISBN-10: 0306809532
Genre: Humor & Entertainment
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
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Holes A Book Not Entirely About Golf
1999 - Holes a Book Not Entirely About Golf (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781892061027
ISBN-10: 1892061023
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The Night
1995 - The Night [Alone : a Novel] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780316566520
ISBN-10: 0316566527
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Gulcher Post-Rock Cultural Pluralism in America
1991 - Gulcher Post-rock Cultural Pluralism in America [1649-1993] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780806511979
ISBN-10: 0806511974
Genres: Nonfiction, Humor & Entertainment
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
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Post-Natal Trash
1984 - Post-natal Trash [Caned Out : the Authorized Autobiography of Ricahr Meltzer] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780898071030
ISBN-10: 0898071038
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The Aesthetics of Rock
The Aesthetics of Rock (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780306802874
ISBN-10: 0306802872
Genre: Humor & Entertainment
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
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The aesthetics of rock
The Aesthetics of Rock (Other)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780871100375
ISBN-10: 0871100371
Genre: Humor & Entertainment
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Prickly Heat and Cold Volume Two of Caned Out the Authorized Autobiography of Richard Meltzer
Boat Ride Down the Maguire [Caned Out : the Authorized Autobiography of Richard Meltzer Series] (Paperback)
Richard Meltzer's Guide to the Ugliest Buildings of Los Angeles
Richard Meltzer's Guide to the Ugliest Buildings of Los Angeles (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780898071160
ISBN-10: 089807116X
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Frankie Part 1
Frankie Part 1 [Talltales Series] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780898071207
ISBN-10: 0898071208
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Frankie Part Two [Talltales Series] (Paperback)