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Jessica Hopper in Conversation With Ann Friedman
July 14 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pmFree
Throughout her career, spanning more than two decades, Jessica Hopper, a revered and pioneering music critic, has examined women recording and producing music, in all genres, through an intersectional feminist lens. The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic (MCD x FSG) features oral histories of bands such as Hole and Sleater-Kinney, interviews with the women editors of 1970s-era Rolling Stone, and intimate conversations with iconic musicians such as Björk, Robyn, and Lido Pimienta. Hopper journeys through the truths of Riot Grrrl’s empowering insurgence; decamps to Gary, Indiana, on the eve of Michael Jackson’s death; explodes the grunge-era mythologies of Nirvana and Courtney Love; and examines the rise of emo. The collection also includes profiles and reviews of some of the most-loved, and most-loathed, women artists making music today: Fiona Apple, Kacey Musgraves, M.I.A., Miley Cyrus, and Lana Del Rey. In order for the music industry to change, Hopper writes, we need “the continual presence of radicalized women… being encouraged and given reasons to stay, rather than diminished by the music that glues our communities together.” The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic — reissued now with new material and an introduction by Samantha Irby — is a rallying cry for women-centered history and storytelling, and a groundbreaking, obsessive, razor-sharp panorama of music writing crafted by one of the most influential critics of her generation. Hopper will be joined in conversation by Ann Friedman, co-author of Big Friendship and co-host of the Call Your Girlfriend podcast. This event is presented in partnership with Third Place Books.