In the opening pages of The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic, out May 12, the prolific music journalist and editor (and former Village Voice advice columnist) Jessica Hopper dedicates her book to "those that came before," "those that should have been first, and all the ones that will come after." Already in its third printing, Hopper's debut collection is a well-curated compilation of essays spanning the chronology of her career.
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Memorable moments include Hopper's critique of the "myopic songs that don't consider the world beyond boy bodies, their broken hearts, or vans," in "Emo: Where the Girls Aren't." "Us girls deserve more than one song," she writes. "We deserve better songs than any boy will ever write about us." Readers will also find an oral history of Hole's seminal album Live Through This, an in-depth deconstruction of Lana Del Rey, and a confession of adolescent poserdom, in addition to an array of reviews, profiles, and critiques that will make you reconsider the way you listen to, think, and talk about music.