Jessica Hopper Compiles Greatest Hits for Her First Collection of Rock Criticism

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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.

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.


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Duff McKagan of Guns N' Roses Remembers a Bittersweet Super Bowl Weekend in NYC

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The following is an adapted excerpt from Duff McKagan's new memoir, How to Be a Man.

I didn't dare bring up the words "SUPER" or "BOWL" during the season, but the moment the clock ticked to 00:00 during the 2014 NFC championship game in Seattle, I knew I was headed to New York, and that I was going to be at the game in New Jersey with my beloved Seahawks. As an added bonus, I was going to be turning 50 that week, and would have a chance to celebrate my first half-century with my team and Jerry Cantrell, my good friend and Seahawks buddy — you know him as the guitarist in Alice in Chains.

At the time, an old friend of mine in New York City was just about to move into a new place in the West Village and he offered it up to me and Jerry and my buddy Ed to crash during the Super Bowl. Thankfully, we wouldn't have to compete with the other tourists in town for the big game. We were all set.

New York has always been an important place for me, somewhere I've passed some of life's milestones and made memories that I'll never forget.

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East Village Nights: An Excerpt From NYHC: New York Hardcore 1980-1990

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S.S. Decontrol play at A7 in 1982...In the audience you'll find MCA of the Beastie Boys, Jimmy G of Murphy's Law, and Dr. Know of Bad Brains.
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Excerpted here is the third and final of the chapters we are sharing from Tony Rettman's NYHC: New York Hardcore 1980–1990 (December 30, Bazillion Points), an oral history of the era as told by characters from the New York hardcore scene. Below is "East Village Nights: A7 and 2+2," which offer various insane stories of the East Village around Avenue A and East 7th Street and Tompkins Square Park in the early '80s. A7 was a small room in the back of current bar Niagara (112 Avenue), and the only indication it ever played host to New York's nascent hardcore scene is a plaque hung earlier this year on its wall.

(Read part one here and part two here.)

One final thing: If you're in New York, a book launch party will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, December 11, at Powerhouse Arena (37 Main Street, Brooklyn).

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What is NYC Hardcore's Legacy? An Excerpt From NYHC: New York Hardcore 1980-1990

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Excerpted here is the second of three chapters we are sharing from Tony Rettman's NYHC: New York Hardcore 1980–1990 (December 30, Bazillion Points), an oral history of the era as told by characters from the New York hardcore scene. Below is "The Legacy: Set It Off," the punk tome's final chapter, wherein various musicians and members of the scene talk about what's next for the genre they created. Check back Thursday for a trip through the East Village, in the final chapter we're sharing. (Read part one here.)

One final thing: If you're in New York, a book launch party will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, December 11, at Powerhouse Arena (37 Main Street, Brooklyn).

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Hardcore on the Bowery: An Exclusive Excerpt From NYHC: New York Hardcore 1980-1990

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The Ramones! Patti Smith! Blondie! Joan Jett! The Talking Heads! Those are the bands that spring to mind when the culture at large remembers CBGB, the former rock club at 315 Bowery that's now home to a John Varvatos boutique. But the movies, festivals, and rock compilations all veer safely to the left of the weekly hardcore matinees held regularly from 1982 through late '89. While the daytime shows provided a new revenue stream for owner Hilly Kristal, the club became the hub for New York's hardcore scene: "CBGB was our home," says John Joseph, lead singer of the Cro-Mags and still a downtown fixture. "That's where the NYHC scene really took fuckin' flight and started really happening." So while national acts attracted drinking crowds at night, the club's most loyal patrons were teenagers who lined up outside every Sunday afternoon. Excerpted here is the first of three chapters we'll share from Tony Rettman's NYHC: New York Hardcore 1980–1990 (December 30, Bazillion Points), an oral history of the era as told by characters from the New York hardcore scene. Included here is "CBGB Matinee" -- check back on Wednesday and Thursday for two more chapters. In New York, a book launch party will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, December 11, at Powerhouse Arena (37 Main Street, Brooklyn).

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Joe Perry Walks His Way in New Memoir

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Joe Perry tells his life story -- before and after the grey streak -- in ROCKS.
While they may not be blood brothers, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, singer and guitarist for Aerosmith, respectively, might as well be, given the relationship they've had for more than 45 years.

It's a love/hate story that Perry details extensively in his new autobiography, written with David Ritz, ROCKS: My Life in and Out of Aerosmith (432 pp., $27.99, Simon & Schuster). And, if you've been following the saga of the "Toxic Twins" today, the future of one of America's greatest hard-rock bands is still in flux. At the time we spoke with Perry, just days before publication, neither Tyler nor any other band member had seen a copy of the book.

See also: Top 5 Aerosmith Samples of All Time

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Scott Stapp Clears Up That Story About the Orgy on Kid Rock's Tour Bus and Contemplates Suicide

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We now come to the third and final installment of our unprecedented, soon-to-be-award-winning series on Scott Stapp's astonishing memoir, Sinner's Creed. In the first two parts, we looked at Stapp's struggles with God and his context as an artist. Today, at the significant risk of ending on a dark note, we'll look at some choice quotes from the long, slow process of Scott Stapp spiraling toward rock bottom.

See Also:
- Why Scott Stapp Hated God and Other Revelations in His New Book Sinner's Creed
- How Does Scott Stapp Measure Up To Jim Morrison, Elvis, Reagan, Job, and God Himself?


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How Does Scott Stapp Measure Up to Jim Morrison, Elvis, Reagan, Job, and God Himself?

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This week, Sound of the City presents a series of excerpts from Sinner's Creed, the incredible memoir of Creed frontman Scott Stapp. In our first installment, we detailed the spiritual turmoil that defined Stapp's life and music; he was a man pursued by demons, alternately yearning for God's love and rejecting Him bitterly.

But there's more to Scott Stapp than wounded faith -- he's a man shaped by a complex set of influences, both spiritual and worldly. Who are Scott Stapp's heroes? Where does he place himself in the canon of rock? In Scott's own words, we find answers.

See Also:
- Why Scott Stapp Hated God And Other Revelations In His New Book Sinner's Creed
- Why Do People Loathe Nickelback So Much? (And Do They Deserve It?)


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Why Scott Stapp Hated God and Other Revelations in His New Book Sinner's Creed

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These days, it's possible to feel a perverse nostalgia for Creed, the original kings of gloss-grunge Christosterone buttrock. After Stapp and Co. burned out in a blaze of ignominy, Nickelback popped into their slot at the bottom of the critical totem pole so gracefully that we barely noticed. But Creed was no Nickelback: Creed sucked better and sucked harder, and their hilarious music -- even now that no radio station would be caught dead spinning it -- is aging like a fine box of Franzia.


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R. Kelly's NYC Soulacoaster Signing Has Been Rescheduled for August 10 (For Now)

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The true story of how R. Kelly became R. Belly

R. Kelly's Soulacoaster: The Diary of Me was supposed to be a soul-baring memoir. "I'm tired of being misunderstood," he said 2009 SmileyBooks statement. "I will show you the tears, fears, and sweat. I will open my heart and reveal the good in my life as well as all the drama."

Soulacoaster was slated to come out, then it wasn't, then it was. Maura got a sneak preview and noted that the "memoir" began with a recollection of "the singer hiding in a drum case." There was also a Tribeca Kells' signing scheduled, and then that wasn't. Now, Robert Sylvester's Tribeca Barnes & Noble signing has been rescheduled rescheduled for August 10. The maybe-possibly-maybe details:

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