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

Author: Hopper, Jessica ; Irby, Samantha

Publication Date: 07/06/2021

Format: Paperback

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.