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Jessica Hopper at Reading Frenzy/Beacon Sound!

May 13, 2015: The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic

We're excited to welcome Jessica Hopper and hear her read from her book on Sunday May 18, at Beacon Sound (3636 N. Mississippi Ave). The show is free and all ages are welcome! A record shop will be the perfect setting for Hopper's talents.

Jessica Hopper, a senior editor at Pitchfork, has been tackling music and culture for over a decade. A sizable chunk of her work has been collected and published in a new book of essays,The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic. 

Hopper has made more than a few waves in the past decade detailing the not-so-subtle sexism in the emo music scene and by examining the accusations of abuse made against R.Kelly. Feminism is more than an undercurrent in Hopper's work. Her essays offer sharp and entertaining insight any discerning music buff will appreciate. Hopper's approach to criticism is nuanced and discerning because she herself holds it in such high regard. In a new interview with Willamette Week Hooper said "We're so nostalgic about music and what it means to us. It's more influential to culture than almost anything, if we're talking about books and movies. It helps us orient ourselves in the world, gives us a sense of identity when we're young."  The full interview is here and is a great introduction to Hopper's work.