Jessica Hopper is a music and culture critic based in Chicago. She started out as the editor of a feminist music zine called Hit It or Quit It in 1991 and worked for 10 years as the publicist for dozens of indie, electronic and punk bands, including At The Drive In and The Promise Ring. She is now a senior editor at Pitchfork and the editor-in-chief of the Pitchfork Review, Pitchfork's quarterly print publication. She is also the music editor at Rookie, an online publication for teenage girls.
Hopper was previously the music curator for the public radio show This American Life and has written for Spin, GQ, Rolling Stone, The Village Voice, and the Chicago Tribune, among other publications. Her essays have appeared in Best Music Writing for 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010, and 2011. Her first book, The Girls' Guide to Rocking, was named one of 2009's Notable Books For Young Readers by the American Library Association. Her forthcoming book, The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic, is due out next spring. She lives in Chicago with her husband and young sons.