The title of Jessica Hopper's new book, "The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic," isn't perfectly accurate, she admits in a note at the front.
There were a handful of music pieces in Ellen Willis's essay collection "Beginning to See the Light" (1981). There was "Rock Encyclopedia" (1969), from Lillian Roxon, and "1988: The New Wave Punk Rock Explosion" (1977), by Caroline Coon.
Finally there was "Rock She Wrote" (1996), an excellent anthology edited by Evelyn McDonnell and Ann Powers, if that book counts. But Ms. Hopper's title is close enough that's she earned the right to employ it, and it neatly drives a point home. As Karen Durbin remarked in the introduction to "Rock She Wrote," "Rock criticism is more overwhelmingly male than rock itself."