DIGITAL: The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic


DIGITAL: The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic


by Jessica Hopper

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With this premiere 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 serves as a document of the last 20 years of American music making and the shifting landscape of music consumption. 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 ideas in songs and albums, how fantasies of artists become complicated by real life, and just what happens when you follow that obsession into muddy festival fields, dank basements, corporate offices or court records.

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Her collection is needed, if not long overdue.
Music journalist Jessica Hopper has shaped her field through clever, thorough writing that also addresses modern ills in music and the culture that surrounds it.
Entertainment Weekly
An airtight case for why the professional critic still matters, and why it is a thrill to spend time in the presence of someone whose job it is to care so much and so intelligently.
Chicago Tribune

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About the Author

Jessica Hopper’s music criticism has been included in Best Music Writing 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010 and 2011. Her first book, The Girls Guide to Rocking, was named one of 2009’s Notable Books for Young Readers by the American Library Association. She was senior editor at Pitchfork and the editor-in-chief of The Pitchfork Review, and now serves as editorial director of music for MTV. She lives in Chicago with her husband and two young sons.

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