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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kim Gordon Narrator: Kim Gordon Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2015 ISBN: 9780062374073
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Kim Gordon, founding member of Sonic Youth, fashion icon, and role model for a generation of women, now tells her story—a memoir of life as an artist, of music, marriage, motherhood, independence, and as one of the first women of rock and roll.

Often described as aloof, Kim Gordon opens up as never before in Girl in a Band, telling the story of her family, growing up in California in the 1960s and 1970s, her life in visual arts, her move to New York City, the men in her life, her marriage, her relationship with her daughter, her music, and her band.

Gordon takes us back to the lost New York of the 1980s and 1990s, which gave rise to Sonic Youth and the Alternative revolution in popular music. The band helped build a vocabulary of music—paving the way for Nirvana, Hole, Smashing Pumpkins, and many other acts. But at its core, Girl in a Band examines the route from a girl to a woman in uncharted territory, highlighting unconventional music, art, and the meaning of partnership—and what happens when that identity dissolves.

Evocative and edgy, filled with the sights and sounds of a changing world and a transformative life, Girl in a Band is the fascinating chronicle of a remarkable journey and an extraordinary artist.

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  • “I’ve always admired Kim Gordon. She is cool, smart, and dignified. Girl in a Band is a fascinating and honest memoir, full of raw emotion and insight.”

    Sofia Coppola

  • “Kim Gordon writes the way she plays. Fiercely, honestly, and with the creative abandon of a singular artist.”

    Amy Poehler

  • “In this intriguing memoir, Sonic Youth founding member Kim Gordon describes a life in art and music that led her through the undergrounds of Los Angeles and New York City…The strength of Gordon’s prose lies in her evocation of places—the dappled light of LA canyons, the clamor and steaming heat of Hong Kong, the NYC loft scene…Although Gordon includes expected list of celebrities she met throughout life, her unique sensibility never fades.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Gordon’s life story, as she tells it here, may not have been nonstop bohemian glamour, but with her deadpan and often very funny running narrative, she doesn’t make it sound too shabby either…Gordon’s career as a musician, artist, critic, performer, producer, and designer spanned the last truly hip era of downtown New York. The names and the nostalgia—for those who remember or who wish they did—are well worth the price of admission.”

    Library Journal

  • “A remarkably astute and observant memoir and tale of finding one’s place in the world, this is a must for Sonic Youth fans and all outsiders-at-heart.”


  • “The blonde enigma from the band that spoke softly and carried a big noise tells her story, from art-chick beginnings to success to marital and musical catastrophe…Written with the same cool passion she brings to her lyrics, Gordon delivers a generous look at life inside the punk whirlwind.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author

Kim Gordon is a musician, vocalist, visual artist, video director, and actress. She rose to prominence as the bassist, guitarist, and vocalist of the experimental downtown New York post-punk band Sonic Youth, which she formed with Thurston Moore in 1981. In 1993 she launched her own fashion line, X-Girl, and continues to be a tastemaker in fashion. In 2012 after the breakup of Sonic Youth, she formed Body/Head with friend and experimental guitarist Bill Nace. She has appeared in several films by directors Gus van Zant, Todd Haines, and Olivier Assayas, as well as in episodes of Gossip Girl and Girls.