Indie Days Keynote: Jessica Hopper: A Living Female Rock Critic
Mittwoch, 21. September , 17:00 – 18:00 Uhr @ Schmidtchen
“I want to talk about how we can move the conversation about the challenges that women, and other marginalized people, face in the music industry forward. In the last year because of social media there is now a wide spread knowledge of issues and experiences, the ways women are discouraged as musicians and also in business. Many people are looking to women to solve it. The resolution lays in the hands of men and motivated allies who want to end the Boys Only mentality, who know the future of music is built on diversity and inclusion--not accepting that this is how it is.”
Jessica Hopper is an American author and music critic based in Chicago, IL. An longtime advocate for equality and marginalized voices in the music industry, she is noted for her "influence and support for the diversification of voice and perspective within music journalism." Her most recent book, The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic, a compilation of the last two decades of her writing, was published in May 2015.
Hopper grew up in Minneapolis. A feminist punk, she became involved in Riot Grrrl, and began publishing her own fanzine Hit it or Quit it in 1991, and began working as a music critic at the age of 16. Since then she has written for Spin, Rolling Stone, The Wire, GQ and The Village Voice. In recent years, Hopper served as music editor at radical teenage girl site Rookie and as Senior Editor at Pitchfork and music consultant for This American Life. She is currently the Editorial Director for Music at MTV News.