Her book provides instructions on everything from choosing an instrument to naming your band to booking a gig.
Hopper, now 32, feels that things have changed for aspiring female musicians since she picked up a guitar in the 10th grade. She looked up to older women like the members of Hole and the Breeders. But now, with Taylor Swift, Lily Allen and the like, young women can be inspired by their peers. "There is a lot more wide variety of examples genre-wise, and examples of personality and women in rock-and-roll than there were when I was younger," Hopper explains. "The thing that girls today have is a different set of examples of what is possible for women in music."
It's interesting that while both males and females listen to rock and hip-hop, these genres are usually testosterone-fueled, in terms of who is generating the tunes. (Pop, often considered less serious, is where female artists tend to flourish.) Plus, the stereotype of the teenage girl is that she's the screaming fan — not the one on stage rocking out. So how do you encourage a spectator to get in on the game?
"I just really wanted to urge girls to see that they're part of a continuum of women making music, whether it's Kim Deal, or Liz Phair, Amy Lee from Evanescence, or Demi Lovato, to whoever it is that they look up to," Hopper says. "I started going to shows when I was around 15, and I was going to shows almost every week, but it wasn't until I saw one with a woman playing in a band that I thought, 'I could be doing this too.'"
Teaching Girls How To Rock [Philadelphia Inquirer]