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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Jessica Hopper  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult; Young Adult;


-- Jessica Hopper on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

The author lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Hopper is a music and culture critic whose work regularly appears in the ''Chicago Reader'', ''LA Weekly'', ''Spin'', ''ANP'' and ''Chicago Tribune'' and has also been included in DaCapo's ''Best of Music Writing'' 2004, 2005 and 2007. She is also the music consultant for the public radio show, ''This American Life''. Her widely-anthologized essay, ''Emo: Where the Girls Aren't'' was described as "influential" by ''The New York Times''. Hopper has also been a tour manager, band publicist, DJ, touring bassist, Girls Rock Camp booster and fanzine publisher.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

The Girls' Guide to Rocking: How to Start a Band, Book Gigs, and Get Rolling to Rock Stardom
ISBN: 0761151419

Workman Publishing Company. 2009

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.

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