Kim Gordon “Girl in a Band” [Book/Review]

8/10

“Girl in a Band”, a book about Kim Gordons interesting life. She is best known for being one out of the two linchpins (with Thurston Moore) of the groundbreaking and influential band Sonic Youth since the early 1980’s. But for many she is also an amazing spokesperson for feminism in her thoughtful and intelligent manner and she has a high passion for the art world. She has also been into designing clothes, among them the line Mirror/Dash for Urban Outfitters. After her split-up with Thurston Moore, both on a personal level and Sonic Youth she has taken part in several projects. One of them in the band body/head together with Bill Nace, an experimental avant-garde outfit that released their debut “Comping Apart” in 2013. One of her own idols are Françoise Hardy, “She was one of the cooler French pop singers.” she said on several occasions.

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I chose to listen to the book, since it’s narrated by Kim herself. It’s a pretty short read, 288 pages or a little over 7 hours if you choose the audiobook. Personally, I’m mainly interested in the creation and recording of the different Sonic Youth albums and if you are the same you will get a bit disappointed. The albums are usually just mentioned in the passing with a few exceptions, such as their real breakthrough LP “Daydream Nation” from 1988. There are a little to much about her and Thurstons marriage and personal life for my taste, but hey it is supposed to be Kim Gordons memoirs so it’s nothing strange about that. I guess I just have to read “Goodbye 20Th Century” by David Browne instead for more in depth about the Sonic Youth records. But you get everything from her upbringing in Los Angeles, California, studies in art school Toronto, Canada, her discovery of the no-wave scene in New York, her happiness over the birth of her daughter Coco to post-marriage escapades.

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Some of the things I liked about the book was that it made me rediscover early 1980’s band such as the Meat Puppets and Malaria that I haven’t listened to for 15 years (for some strange reason). Also the part when she talks about her personal relationship with Nirvanas Kurt Cobain and her meetings with Holes Courtney Love. Her perceptive but unsentimental account of her brother’s mental health issues was also a very interesting read.

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