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CHIRP Music Book Club Returns with The First Collection of Criticism By a Living Female Rock Critic

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Roscoe Books
2142 W Roscoe St.
(773) 857-2676

Join CHIRP on Thursday, July 5th for a new installment of our bi-monthly book group, covering The First Collection of Criticism by A Living Female Rock Critic by Jessica Hopper.

"The pieces in The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic are diverse and important in their own individual ways—everything from a fascinating look at the synchronicity between indie musicians and advertising, and the (sadly still all-too-relevant) 2003 piece “Emo: Where the Girls Aren’t” to a profile on songwriter David Bazan that explores his complicated relationship with religion and fans, and to a Village Voice discussion with Jim DeRogatis that reexamined (and gave renewed visibility to) the sexual assault allegations against R. Kelly." —Salon

"Jessica Hopper's criticism is a trenchant and necessary counterpoint not just on music, but on our culture at large." —Annie Clark, St. Vincent

"The First Collection is a game-changer, a godsend, and a Holy Grail for those who have been forced to reside on the fringe of the notoriously "male-dominated sphere" of rock criticism and fandom [...] Hopper's work, influence, and unwavering support for the diversification of voice and perspective within music journalism have altered the landscape of rock criticism for the better. It may be the first collection of criticism written by a female rock critic, but it's definitely not the last." —The Village Voice

We'll meet at 7pm for a lively discussion with music & snacks.  For more information on upcoming books and meetings, visit

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