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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Jessica Hopper  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult; Young Adult;

Born: 1976

-- Jessica Hopper on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Hopper lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Jessica Hopper is a 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.


Notable Books for Young Readers, American Library Association, 2009,

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Night moves /
ISBN: 1477317880. OCLC Number: 1028581907

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"Written in taut, mesmerizing, often hilarious scenes, Night Moves captures the fierce friendships and small moments that form us all. Drawing on her personal journals from the aughts, Jessica Hopper chronicles her time as a DJ, living in decrepit punk houses, biking to bad loft parties with her friends, exploring Chicago deep into the night. And, along the way, she creates a homage to vibrant corners of the city that have been muted by sleek development. A book birthed in the amber glow of Chicago streetlamps, Night Moves is about a transformative moment of cultural history - and how a raw, rebellious writer found her voice"--Good

The first collection of criticism by a living female rock critic /
ISBN: 0983186332. OCLC Number: 911246760

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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."--

The girls' guide to rocking :
ISBN: 9780761151418. OCLC Number: 234447473

Workman Pub.,. .

Everything you need to know to turn your love of music--and desire to play it--into something real--Page 4 of cover.