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The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic
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Jessica Hopper's music criticism has earned her a reputation as a firebrand, a keen observer and fearless critic not just of music but the culture around it. With this volume spanning from her punk fanzine roots to her landmark piece on R. Kelly's past, The First Collection leaves no doubt why The New York Times has called Hopper's work "influential." Not merely a selection of two decades of Hopper's most engaging, thoughtful, and humorous writing, this book documents the last 20 years of American music making and the shifting landscape of music consumption. The book journeys through the truths of Riot Grrrl's empowering insurgence, decamps to Gary, IN, on the eve of Michael Jackson's death, explodes the grunge-era mythologies of Nirvana and Courtney Love, and examines emo's rise. Through this vast range of album reviews, essays, columns, interviews, and oral histories, Hopper chronicles what it is to be truly obsessed with music. The pieces in The First Collection send us digging deep into our record collections, searching to re-hear what we loved and hated, makes us reconsider the art, trash, and politics Hopper illuminates, helping us to make sense of what matters to us most.

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        Jessica Hopper is a music and culture critic whose work regularly appears in GQ, Rolling Stone, The Village Voice, and the Chicago Tribune. She is a senior editor at The Pitchfork Review and the music editor at Rookie. Her essays have appeared in Best Music Writing for 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010, and 2011. Hopper was the longtime music consultant for This American Life. Her book, The Girls' Guide to Rocking was named one of 2009's Notable Books For Young Readers by the American Library Association. She lives in Chicago with her husband and young sons.

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        Male domination throughout rock music's history and criticism is endemic. Both onstage and on the page, female voices are few and far between, despite the vast majority of rock songs being about women. Hopper (senior editor, The Pitchfork Review; music editor, Rookie; The Girls' Guide to Rocking) may not be able to topple this colossal problem singlehandedly, but she's chipped off a few choice bits at the base. The book assembles pieces the author has written for various music and entertainment publications over the last 15 years. As a critic, she brings a perspective that shouldn't be fresh but is, discussing both the old and the new with an intelligence and intensity that can only come from a true music geek. Her Gen-X frame of reference ranges from Eighties alternative rock and grunge through to the present, touching on pop, freak folk, and even Christian rock. Particularly powerful are pieces on indie rocker David Bazan and record producer/rapper R. Kelly. VERDICT Rock music fans of all genders and stripes will find a lot to chew on in these pages.--Brett Rohlwing, Milwaukee P.L.

        Copyright 2015 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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        Hopper, music critic and former senior editor at Pitchfork, follows up her groundbreaking feminist treatise on the punk, independent, and mainstream music scenes of the past 20 years with this revised and expanded edition that hits just as hard. Historically, she argues, women have been ignored in the boys’ club of studio producers, promoters, and record makers. These 55 pieces—covering a great variety of artists including Kim Gordon, Rickie Lee Jones, and Nicki Minaj—serve as a scorching critique of the endless hoops female musicians have had to jump through in the male-dominated music scene. In a 2015 Pitchfork review, pop-country star Kacey Musgraves is heralded for transcending the “bro-country” vibe pervasive at the Country Music Awards, while a 2018 profile of Cat Powers discusses how the artist’s talent gets overshadowed by fans’ obsession with her mental health. Essays on Fiona Apple, Liz Phair, and Joni Mitchell underscore the harsh criticism ambitious female performers constantly face (“The year Mitchell issued Blue, an album that would be a landmark in any artist’s career, Rolling Stone named her ‘Old Lady of the Year’ ”), but emphasize how, despite their unjust treatment by industry and critics, women continue to drown out the noise with their music. This fiery work is the literary equivalent of a maxed-out Marshall stack. Agent: Claudia Ballard, WME.

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