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Jessica Hopper is a Chicago-based music critic and the author of The First Collection of Criticism By A Living Female Rock Critic. She was formerly the Editorial Director at MTV News, and an editor at Pitchfork and Rookie. Her essays have appeared in Best Music Writing for 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010, and 2011. Her book The Girls' Guide to Rocking was named one of 2009's Notable Books For Young Readers by the American Library Association. Her memoir, Night Moves, was published September 2018 from University of Texas Press.

Her forthcoming book, No God But Herself, is an examination of women in pop music in 1975, and is due out in Fall 2021 from MCD x FSG.
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4.01 avg rating — 1,753 ratings — published 2015 — 5 editions
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3.57 avg rating — 939 ratings — published 2018 — 3 editions
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4.13 avg rating — 61 ratings — published 2009
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The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic by Jessica  Hopper
"There's a point about 80% through this collection where one of the pieces has the author remarking on the pieces she's been paid for in the past year; too many short and ultra-short "takes" and not enough long reads to be satisfying. And as a reader " Read more of this review »
The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic by Jessica  Hopper
"I will now proceed to read everything Jessica Hopper has ever written because her work is incisive and smart and masterful. I'm sad that I have just now discovered her but so happy I did."
The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic by Jessica  Hopper
"A great read. The collected articles vary in lenght but never in quality. Jessica Hopper's writing style is playful and witty yet also profound when we look back at the artists, bands and scenes through her eyes.

The only thing that I didn't like so " Read more of this review »
The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic by Jessica  Hopper
"Ugh Jessica Hopper is the woman I want to be! My entire adolescence, music felt like my bloodline, yet my taste always felt caught up in some boy I was trying to impress. I felt as though my own opinions were merely shadows of the real critics - the " Read more of this review »
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“I want it. I need it. Because all these records, they give me a language to decipher just how fucked I am. Because there is a void in my guts which can only be filled by songs.”
Jessica Hopper, The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic

“No girl escapes teenhood without a keen awareness of exactly how the world sees her, what it expects of her; she knows the weight of the world’s desire for her down to the ounce.”
Jessica Hopper, The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic

“Dancing in pitch-dark rooms, rooms illuminated exclusively by the tiny light on the turntable, is an activity which fits very well with my ideas of “rock-critic behavior” (which is like normal music-fan behavior, but substantially more pitiful and indulgent).”
Jessica Hopper, The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic

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