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 qinfluential.q 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 most.have a road band put together yet for his solo stuff, but he couldna#39;t afford to wait for Curse Your Branches to come out. ... and took questions between songsa some of them, unsurprisingly, about the tough spiritual questions his new material raises. ... With Curse Your Branches and in his recent shows, hea#39;s inverting the usual call to witness: aYou might be the only Christian they ever meet. ... One fan says ita#39;s good that Bazan is singing about the perils of sin, a particularly sexual sin.
|Title||:||The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic|
|Publisher||:||Featherproof Books - 2015-05-12|