The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic: Revised and Expanded Edition

The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic: Revised and Expanded Edition

The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic: Revised and Expanded Edition

The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic: Revised and Expanded Edition



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"Jessica Hopper's criticism is a trenchant and necessary counterpoint not just on music, but on our culture at large." —Annie Clark, St. Vincent

An acclaimed, career-spanning collection from a fiercely feminist and revered contemporary rock critic, reissued with new material

Throughout her career, spanning more than two decades, Jessica Hopper, a revered and pioneering music critic, has examined women recording and producing music, in all genres, through an intersectional feminist lens. The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic features oral histories of bands like Hole and Sleater Kinney, interviews with the women editors of 1970s-era Rolling Stone, and intimate conversations with iconic musicians such as Björk, Robyn, and Lido Pimienta. Hopper journeys through the truths of Riot Grrrl's empowering insurgence; decamps to Gary, Indiana, on the eve of Michael Jackson's death; explodes the grunge-era mythologies of Nirvana and Courtney Love; and examines the rise of emo. The collection also includes profiles and reviews of some of the most-loved, and most-loathed, women artists making music today: Fiona Apple, Kacey Musgraves, M.I.A., Miley Cyrus, Lana Del Rey.

In order for the music industry to change, Hopper writes, we need “the continual presence of radicalized women . . . being encouraged and given reasons to stay, rather than diminished by the music which glues our communities together.” The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic—published to acclaim in 2015, and reissued now with new material and an introduction by Samantha Irby—is a rallying cry for women-centered history and storytelling, and a groundbreaking, obsessive, razor-sharp panorama of music writing crafted by one of the most influential critics of her generation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780374722630
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 07/06/2021
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: eBook
Pages: 448
File size: 892 KB

About the Author

Jessica Hopper is the author of the books The First Collection of Criticism By A Living Female Rock Critic and Night Moves. Her writing has appeared in GQ, Rolling Stone, The New York Times Magazine, The Guardian, Elle, and Bookforum, among other outlets. A long time contributor to the Chicago Reader, she has been a columnist for the Village Voice and Chicago Tribune, the music consultant for This American Life, the editorial director for MTV News, and a senior editor at Pitchfork and Rookie. Her essays have appeared in several editions of Best Music Writing, and she currently serves as series editor of the American Music Series at the University of Texas Press.

Table of Contents

I Have A Strange Relationship With Music 11

Part 1 Chicago

Emo: Where The Girls Aren't Punk Planet #56, July 2003 15

Chance The Rapper Chicago Magazine, June 2013 21

Viva La Filthy Noise!: Coughs' Secret Passage Chicago Reader, October 2006 24

Sweet Things Village Voice Pazz & Jop Critics Poll, January 2006 28

And We Remain, Ever So Faithfully, Yours Tinyluckygenius, January 2006 29

Conversation With Jim Derogatis Regarding R. Kelly The Village Yoke, December 2013 32

Part 2 Real/Fake

Gaga Takes a Trip Nashville Scene, April 2011 43

Deconstructing Lana Del Rey Spin Magazine, January 2012 45

Taylor Swift, Grimes and Lana Del Rey: The Year in Blond Ambition Village Voice Pan & Jop Critics Pull, January 2012 51

We Can't Stop: Our Year With Miley Village Voice Pazz & Jop Critics Poll, Jauuary 2014 54

Louder Than Love: My Teen Grunge Poserdom EMP Conference Paper, Spring 2005 57

Part 3 Nostalgia

When The Boss Went Moral: Bruce Springsteen's Lost Album The American Prospect, November 2010 63

Vedderan: Notes On Pearl Jam's 20th Anniversary Concert Tinyluckygenius, September 2011 66

You're Reliving All Over Me: Dinosaur Jr. Reunites Chicago Reader, April 2005 69

You Will Ache Like I Ache: The Oral History Of Hole's Live Through This Spin Magazine, April 2014 73

You Know What? Tinyluckygenius, April 2010 89

Part 4 California

Kendrick Lamar: Not Your Average, Everyday Rap Savior Spin Magazine, October 2012 93

California Demise: Tyler, The Creator and Ema Feel The Bad Vibes Village Voice Pazz And Jop Critics Poll, 2011 100

Will The Stink Of Success Ruin The Smell? La Weekly, February 2009 102

Dispatches From The Desert: Coachella Chicago Reader, May 2005 109

Part 5 Faith

The Passion Of David Razan Chicago Reader, July 2009 115

Flirting With Religion: Rickie Lee Jones Chicago Reader, March 2007 123

Why Michael Jackson's Past Might Be Gary, Indiana's Only Future Village Voice, July 2009 126

Superchunk: I Hate Music Spin Magazine, August 2013 129

Between The Viaduct Of Your Dreams: On Van Morrison Tinyluckygenius, July 2008 131

Part 6 Bad Reviews

Miley Cyrus: Bangerz Spin Magazine, October 2013 133

Nu Age: Animal Collective and Bell Orchestre Chicago Reader, November 2005 135

Tyler, The Creator: Wolf Spin magazine, April 2005 138

Old Year's End Tinyluckygenius, December 2007 141

Nevermind Already: Nirvana's 20th Anniversary Boxset Chicago Reader, September 2011 143

Part 7 Strictly Business

Punk Is Dead! Long Live Punk!: A Report On The State Of Teen Spirit From The Mobile Shopping Mall That Is The Vans Warped Tour Chicago Reader, August 2004 147

Chief Keef Chicago Tribune, August 2013 153

Nude Awakening: Suicide Girls Spin Magazine, February 2006 157

How Selling Out Saved Indie Rock BuzzFeed, November 2013 165

Not Lollapalooza: Rollin Hunt, Screaming Females & Abe Vigoda Chicago Reader, August 2007 176

Part 8 Females

St. Vincent: Strange Mercy Village Voice, November 2011 181

Cat Power: Sun Spin magazine, September 2012 185

SWF, 45: Mecca Normal's The Observer Chicago Reader, April 2006 189

Shouting Out Loud: The Raincoats Portland Mercury, October 2009 193

Making Pop For Capitalist Pigs: M.I.A.'s Maya Chicago Reader, July 2010 196

There Is No Guyville in Sweden: Frida Hyvönen's Until Death Comes Chicago Reader, November 2006 199

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