Jessica Hopper - "Night Moves" & Ada Wolin - "Golden Hits of the Shangri-Las"

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Jessica Hopper & Ada Wolin

“A slim memoir born out of a Chicago music critic’s personal journals from the 2000s—complete with bad nights, good punks, bad lofts, good sets, bad weather, good music, and a keen observer’s eye.”Lit Hub

“These universal stories could be about your city's rock clubs and bookstores. But it's Hopper's scene, and she shares it with sweetness and immediacy, like a long letter from that pal who always helps you schlep your bike home.”Pitchfork

A reading and discussion with Jessica Hopper, author of Night Moves, and Ada Wolin, author of Golden Hits of the Shangri-Las.  A Q&A and signing will follow the event.

At 57th Street Books

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About the Book: Written in taut, mesmerizing, often hilarious scenes drawn from 2004 through 2009, Night Moves captures the fierce friendships and small moments that form us all. Drawing on her personal journals from the aughts, Jessica Hopper chronicles her time as a DJ, living in decrepit punk houses, biking to bad loft parties with her friends, exploring Chicago deep into the night. And, along the way, she creates an homage to vibrant corners of the city that have been muted by sleek development. A book birthed in the amber glow of Chicago streetlamps, Night Moves is about a transformative moment of cultural history—and how a raw, rebellious writer found her voice.

About the Author: Jessica Hopper is a music critic and the author of The First Collection of Criticism By A Living Female Rock Critic. In a career spanning more than twenty years, Hopper has earned acclaim as a provocative, fearless writer on topics ranging from the male myopia of emo music to the ways in which commercial success may have saved Indie Rock. She was formerly the Editorial Director at MTV News, and an editor at Pitchfork and Rookie. Her essays have appeared in Best Music Writing for 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010, and 2011, and her writing appears in New York Magazine, Rolling Stone, Buzzfeed, and Bookforum among others. Her book The Girls’s Guide to Rocking was named one of 2009’s Notable Books For Young Readers by the American Library Association.

About the Book: Of the many girl-groups that came out of the 1960s, none is more idiosyncratic and influential than the Shangri-Las. They were togerher only five years, but within that time they subverted pop standards and foreshadowed a generation of tough women in music. Critically, they are not lauded in the way of the Ronettes, and they are certainly not a household name like the Supremes. They were a litle too low-brow with an uncouth flair for theatrics that placed them just left of the girl-group canon.

This book examines the still-elusive validation of 1960s girl-groups as a whole, but also paradoxically aims to free the Shangri-Las from that category, viewing them instead with the sort of individuality tradionally afforded to rock groups. They were somehow able to challenge the status quo under the guise of sticky-sweet pop, a feat not many pop groups can achieve, but which they do fleetingly but not insubstantially in Golden Hits of the Shangri-Las. 

 About the Author: Ada Wolin is a Brooklyn-born, Chicago-based writer. A recent graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Golden Hits of the Shangri-Las is her first book.


Event Location: 
57th Street Books
1301 E 57th Street
Chicago, IL 60637