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Critic Jessica Hopper To Speak About Youth, Feminism In Rock

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Hopper reading from her book <i>The Girls' Guide to Rocking</i>

Hopper reading from her book The Girls' Guide to Rocking /George Wietor

Noted author and cultural critic, Jessica Hopper, will make two stops in Grand Rapids tomorrow afternoon in support of her book The Girls' Guide To Rocking.

The first, "Feminist Perspective and Music Criticism," will be presented at Spoelhof Atrium on Calvin College's main campus at 3:30pm. The second, a reading from her book, is at Calvin's downtown Ladies Literary Club at 7:00pm. Both presentations are free of charge. 

Covering topics ranging from finding your own instrument to routing touring schedules to navigating the business-side of music, Hopper's The Girls' Guide To Rocking is an essential how-to manual for young women compelled to play their own music. It presents "everything you need to know turn your love of music - and desire to play it - into something real."

Hopper is a freelance writer and blogger whose work has appeared in the pages of The Chicago Reader, Spin, and LA Weekly. Throughout the late 90s Hopper was a columnist for Punk Planet, where she published the seminal essay, Emo: Where the Girls Aren't. In addition to writing, Hopper has been a publicist, touring bassist in the Milemarker side project Challenger, and longtime music consultant for NPR's This American Life.

More information about tomorrow's lectures, both presented by Calvin College as part of the Pop Culture Lecture Series, can be found on the event's Facebook page.

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