Jessica Hopper Biography
Jessica Hopper is an American writer. She published The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic, a compilation of her essays, reported pieces, zines, and reviews, in May 2015. In 2018, she published a memoir, Night Moves.
Jessica Hopper Age
Jessica Hopper Was Born on September 5, 1976. She is
Jessica Hopper Family
Jessica was born September 5, 1976, and grew up in Minneapolis. Her mother was a newspaper editor, her father a journalist and her stepfather a prosecutor, all of which she has described as fueling her interest in journalism and investment in finding the truth more generally.
She began writing criticism as a teenager, spurred by a frustrated sense that a magazine had misunderstood one of her favorite bands, Babes in Toyland—the piece, Hopper recalled later, characterized the music as “caustic and shrieky” where she found “these aesthetics…really empowering”—at 15 Hopper called the magazine to argue she should be allowed to write a new review. The magazine didn’t respond, but she started her own fanzine. By the next year, at 16, she began freelancing for alternative weekly City Pages.
A feminist punk, Hopper was encouraged by music critic Terri Sutton to find her own “staunch and caustic and uncompromising” voice.
Jessica Hopper Husband
She is a married woman though her husband’s name has not been mentioned. She has two sons
Jessica Hopper Career
Since then, Hopper has written for publications including the Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Reader, and Spin. She was the DJ for This American Life and the first music editor of the radical teen-girl webzine Rookie. From 1991 to 2005, she published the fanzine Hit It Or Quit It.
Alongside her writing, Hopper worked in public relations and managing bands until her late 20s when she quit writing full-time.
Hopper was a senior editor of Pitchfork and the editor in chief of the print quarterly The Pitchfork Review from October 2014 until November 2015. She was appointed the editorial director of music for MTV News in 2016.
Writing in The Guardian, Laura Snapes described Hopper as “one of a handful of music journalists whose every new piece feels like an event. When Björk’s latest album Vulnicura leaked in January, it was Hopper’s interview that provided the record’s heartbreaking context.” In Paste, Mack Hayden described Hopper’s as “one of the most distinctive voices in the world of music criticism.”
In 2018, Hopper published a memoir called Night Moves.
Jessica Hopper Net Worth
Jessica is a music critic and the author of The First Collection of Criticism By A Living Female Rock Critic. She has been writing about music for more than 20 years. Her primary source of income is her critic writing. Her estimated net worth is still under review but will be updated as soon as it’s clear.
Jessica Hopper Books
- The Girls’ Guide to Rocking: How to Start a Band, Book Gigs, and Get Rolling to Rock Stardom (June 4, 2009) ISBN 0761151419. Workman Publishing
- The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic (May 12, 2015) ISBN 978-0983186335, Featherproof Books
- Night Moves (September 18, 2018) ISBN 9781477317884, University of Texas Press
Jessica Hopper Night Moves
Written in taut, mesmerizing, often hilarious scenes, Night Moves captures the fierce friendships and small moments that form us all. Drawing on her personal journals from the aughts, Jessica Hopper chronicles her time as a DJ, living in decrepit punk houses, biking to bad loft parties with her friends, exploring Chicago deep into the night. And, along the way, she creates an homage to vibrant corners of the city that have been muted by sleek development. A book birthed in the amber glow of Chicago streetlamps, Night Moves is about a transformative moment of cultural history—and how a raw, rebellious writer found her voice.
Jessica Hopper The Girls’ Guide to Rocking: How to Start a Band, Book Gigs, and Get Rolling to Rock Stardom
From greats like Patti Smith and Joan Jett to legends-in-the-making like Taylor Swift and Demi Lovato, girls want to rock. They want to start bands, write songs, get up on stage, and kick out the jams. Here’s the book to teach them how. Written by an obsessive music lover who’s spent her life playing, performing, publicizing, and writing about rock ‘n’ roll, The Girls’ Guide To Rocking is a hip, inspirational guide for rad girls who want to make their rock dreams come true.
It’s everything a rocking girl needs to know: how to choose the right instrument for you, where to shop for instruments and where to avoid. How to get your band together and keep it together―tips on playing in a band with your friends and staying friends. How to turn your bedroom into a soundproof practice space. Giving your band the right name, plus a cautionary glossary of overused words (Wolf, Star, Crystal, Earth, etc.).
How to set-up and promote your own shows. The freedom of going solo, and how to handle performing alone in the spotlight. Songwriting tips, with eight, prompts to get the lyrics flowing. The ins and outs of recording, whether at home or in a studio. Taking care of business: publicizing your band, making T-shirts, legalese and the creative personality, and the four signs that say “time to hire a manager”―in other words, you’ve arrived.
Includes a girls-in-rock timeline, essential listening lists, and quotes from the greats: Nina Simone, Hayley Williams, Gwen Stefani, Carrie Brownstein, Amy Lee, Kim Gordon, and more. Now get out there and rule the world.