Even if Kim Gordon had not famously spearheaded the band Sonic Youth and paved the way for alternative indie music, this memoir would still be hugely engrossing. Her life was never going to be humdrum: a childhood thwarted by a schizophrenic elder brother, her creativity encouraged by her mother. This memoir begins at the end, with the breakup of Kim’s marriage to Thurston Moore and the final gig of Sonic Youth. The observations on musicians like Neil Young, Kurt Cobain and figures from the world of art, fashion and film are all expressed in the most articulate prose. Her personal struggle to balance domesticity with a public persona combines to make Kim Gordon an iconic radical on many levels.
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In Girl in a Band Kim Gordon, founding member of Sonic Youth and role model for a generation of women, tells her story. She writes frankly about her route from girl to woman and pioneering icon within the music and art scene of New York City in the 1980s and 90s as well as marriage, motherhood, and independence. Filled with the sights and sounds of a changing world and a remarkable life, Girl in a Band is a moving, evocative chronicle of an extraordinary artist.
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