Jessica Hopper is the editor of Hit It or Quit It, a Riot Grrrl-affiliated music zine which began publishing in 1991 and is still published sporadically. The most recent issue, #19 the "Men In Rock" issue, was published in 2005. A native of Indiana, Hopper grew up in Minneapolis, MN. She currently lives in Chicago.
From 1995 until 2004 Hopper worked as the publicist for dozens of indie, electronic and punk bands, notably At The Drive In, The Promise Ring and The Gossip. In 2004, Hopper quit publicity and spent several months touring as the bassist in the Milemarker side project Challenger with fellow zine-editor Al Burian of Burn Collector fame.
Her writing has also appeared in The DaCapo Best of Music Writing 2004, 2005 and 2007. Her 2003 Punk Planet essay Emo: Where The Girls Aren't was widely reprinted, including in the DaCapo series and was called "influential" by the New York Times. She regularly contributes music criticism to Chicago Reader, Chicago Tribune , Spin, LA Weekly and ANP Quarterly and selects the music for the public radio show This American Life. Her book The Girls' Guide To Rocking will be published in June 2009.