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Jim DeRogatis

Jim DeRogatis is the cohost of Sound Opinions, “the world’s only rock-and-roll talk show,” originating from WBEZ Chicago and distributed nationally on public radio via PRX; a full-time lecturer in the Professional Writing Program at Columbia College in Chicago; and the author of eight books about music. This piece originally appeared in the Criterion Collection’s 2006 DVD release of Dazed and Confused.

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The ’70s Obviously Sucked—NOT! (Or at Least Not the Music, Anyway)
In one of my favorite scenes in Richard Linklater’s heartfelt, hard-rocking, kills-me-every-time-I-see-it Dazed and Confused, the lovably geeky red­head Cynthia Dunn (Marissa Ribisi, now the wife of alt-rocker Beck) plays amateur sociologist and a…

By Jim DeRogatis