Jessica Hopper: Critic!

I’ve been reading “The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic”, gifted to Maureen and me by our friend Jenny. For the book, author Jessica Hopper has compiled 50 previously-published articles on everything from the lack of woman-forward roles in Emo lyrics and Jim DeRogatis’ ongoing R. Kelly exposé, to varied and colorful memories of the Chicago scene over the past 15 years. The articles stretch from Jessica’s time writing for zines (Punk Planet, TinyLuckyGenius) up to her recent work for major outlets (Chicago Reader, Spin, Village Voice).

Choice excerpt:

“[Lady Gaga] one-ups all those who decry her work and platinum pop as not ‘real’ music- because it’s all “fake”- by making it the most fabulous fake that ever faking faked. To be sure, Gaga’s “fake” is at least as real as the “real” of any self-conscious Brooklyn beardo ’bout to be discovered by Pitchfork.”

I love it! Since my own blog began, I’ve been writing a bit about some of the shows I’ve been attending, but haven’t spent much time reading other coverage or criticism. It’s great to read about art from the perspective of another writer- and especially a woman- who often brings up points about music and lyrics I never would have noticed before due to my privileged position as a white dude. Jessica is an amazing and entertaining writer, and I’m thrilled to have my hands on a book I can’t put down.

Follow Jessica on Twitter and pick up a paperback copy of Collection of Criticism today!

Can’t Stop The Now...

More To Explore

NOSSOSOM77: Grow Crazy

Rock servido na sua melhor versão. O grupo traz fortes influências dos grande animes como green day e guns, além de ter potencial e talento


Today marks the release of my 16th album, ATYPICAL. Starting this week, I’ll be chatting about each of the six songs that make up the

Kathleen France: 5 Questions

Today we’re kicking off our interview series with narrators from my Time is a Fine White Lie audiobook. Call it serendipity or kismet, I connected