Kate Hennessy reviews 'The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic' by Jessica Hopper

Kate Hennessy reviews 'The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic' by Jessica Hopper

The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic

by Jessica Hopper

Featherproof Books (NewSouth) $22.99 pb, 201 pp, 9780983186335

Chicago-based music critic Jessica Hopper disdains introductory tedium. Were I to mimic her style, we'd be off and running by now, or grappling with a question that shoots straight to the topic's heart. When this anthology's forty-two think-pieces, reviews, and ephemera first appeared in Village Voice, Chicago Reader, SPIN and elsewhere, a few words of context may have preceded each of them. Here, we just have bald beginnings such as 'Kurt Cobain died for somebody's sins, but not mine', 'The first thing I noticed was that Michael Jackson was gone', and '"People used to compare him to Jesus", says a backstage manager as David Bazan walks off stage, guitar in hand. "But not so much anymore".'

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Kate Hennessy

Kate Hennessy

Kate Hennessy is a freelance writer and editor based in Sydney. She writes about music, arts and travel and teaches at the Australian Writers' Centre. 

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