Sunday, January 17, 2016
THE FIRST COLLECTION OF CRITICISM BY A LIVING FEMALE ROCK CRITIC ~
J E S S I C A H O P P E R
The title of this book is not entirely accurate.
There's Ellen Willis' Beginning To See the Light,
though it wasn't all music writing, and then her
posthumous collection that was. Of course Lillian
Roxon's Rock Encyclopedia from 1969, Caroline
Coon's crucial 1988: The New Wave Punk Rock
Explosion and the collective, life-changing Rock
She Wrote. We should be able to list a few dozen
more — but those books don't exist.Yet.
The title of this book is about planting a flag; it
is for those whose dreams (and manuscripts) lan-
guished due to lack of formal precedence, support
and permission. This title is not meant to erase
our history but rather to help mark the path.
This book is dedicated to those that came before,
those that should of been first, and all the ones
that will come after.