Jessica Hopper in her own right is a well-established music critic, writing and interviewing as a part of Pitchfork, Rookie, and other various magazines. Here, in this interview, the roles are reversed and Hopper – recently having published her book “The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic” – revels in the space to expand on her experience.
The article written by Anupa Mistry opens with a prose setting that establishes and provides the reader with some background knowledge. Mistry inserts an appropriate number of hyperlinks to various pages, giving the reader an opportunity to expand their reading on Hopper and other relevant subjects. A link I found of particular interest was the study Mistry refers to in one of her questions. While I disagree with the information the study claimed, it was a fascinating detour from the main article. Unfortunately, the link to more details about Hopper’s book – which is the sole subject of the interview – is a broken, expired link.
After the prose, a transcript of the interview follows. At first, the formatting unhinged the flow Mistry had developed in the earlier paragraphs. However, the contrast between bold text and normal text provided a conversational flow once the reader adjusted to the format.
Initially I found that the first question Mistry opens with to be on the verge of sexist. Although, upon reading through the rest of the interview and more on Hopper herself, I realised this was a good way to open further conversation regarding the topics that both critics frequently cover and deal with.
At times the interview seems disjointed in the answer to question relationship. The balance between expanding on an answer and redirecting the topic was even and gave the sense of an open and comfortable interview tone.
There is a friendly atmosphere to this interview, an informative discussion between two professionals in the same field of work. It’s difficult to perceive the true nature of the interview as all we are provided as consumers is the transcription. However it is evident that there’s a strong focus on Hopper’s answers. In some ways, an audio or visual interview would have been an easier way to engage with the material, but the transcript allows the reader to access other articles online in a simpler method to that of an audio.
Rookie. “Rookie.” Rookie Magazine. 2017. Accessed March 16th 2017. http://www.rookiemag.com/
Pitchfork. “Jessica Hopper, Contributor.” Pitchfork Magazine. Accessed March 16th 2017. http://pitchfork.com/staff/jessica-hopper/
Mistry, Anupa. “Rough Around The Edges: An Interview with Jessica Hopper.” thehairpin.com. May 13th 2015. Accessed March 16th 2017. https://thehairpin.com/rough-around-the-edges-an-interview-with-jessica-hopper-11561fcb10be#.dlp09894m
Unnerstall, Lara. “New Study Shows that People Stop Listening to New Music at 33.” avclub.com. April 30th 2015. Accessed March 16th 2017. http://www.avclub.com/article/new-study-shows-people-stop-listening-new-music-33-218752
Milner, Mark. “The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic by Jessica Hopper.” Liveinlimbo.com. September 7th 2015. Accessed March 16th 2017. http://www.liveinlimbo.com/2015/09/07/literature/the-first-collection-of-criticism-by-a-living-female-rock-critic-jessica-hopper.html