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Jessica Hopper: Living Female Rock Critic


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Jessica Hopper has been writing about music for two decades, gathering an international following for her fearless and adroit critical talents – delivered through a vast catalogue of album reviews, essays, columns, interviews and oral histories.

She’s deconstructed Lana Del Rey for Spin, interviewed Björk and, in a longform piece for Buzzfeed, argued that selling out saved indie rock. Last year, she left her position as Rookie’s music editor to become a senior editor at Pitchfork, the Chicago-based website that’s been divining the musical zeitgeist since before it was cool. 

Hopper’s newly published anthology, The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic, bears a title which she explains is ‘about planting a flag’ for women (and particularly young female writers) in the male-dominated world of music journalism. 

In conversation with Myf Warhurst, Jessica will talk about the trends and trajectories of music journalism and share the backstory to her own revolutionary work.

This event is presented in partnership with the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI).

Online bookings have closed, but tickets are available from the ACMI Box Office before the event.


Jessica Hopper

Jessica Hopper is a music and culture critic based in Chicago, USA, whose work regularly appears in GQ, Rolling Stone, The Village Voice, and The Chicago Tribune. She is the author of The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic and The Girls Guide to Roc... Read more

Myf Warhurst

Myf Warhurst grew up in regional Victoria and studied music and fine arts at Melbourne University. After writing arts and music stories for The Age and street magazine Inpress, she became Managing Editor of Inpress in 1999. After her first radio gig as showbiz reporter on Merrick and Rosso̵... Read more


Australian Centre for the Moving Image

A unique institution at the heart of Melbourne's iconic meeting place, Federation Square, the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) celebrates, explores and promotes the moving image in all its forms - film, television and digital culture. Through award-winning Australian and international exhibitions, films, festivals, live events, creative workshops, education programs and resources, ACMI provides unsurpassed ways to engage with the moving image. Starting life as the State Film Centre in 1946, ACMI evolved from being a collection-based institution to an internationally recognised hub for screening and advocacy, screen education, industry engagement and audience involvement.

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