Girl in A Band

Girl in A Band

Book - 2015
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"In Girl in a Band, the famously reserved superstar speaks candidly about her past and the future. From her childhood in the sunbaked suburbs of Southern California, growing up with a mentally ill sibling who often sapped her family of emotional capital, to New York's downtown art and music scene in the eighties and nineties and the birth of a band that would pave the way for acts like Nirvana, as well as help inspire the Riot Grrl generation, here is an edgy and evocative portrait of a life in art"-- Provided by publisher
Publisher: New York, NY : Dey Street, an imprint of William Morrow Publishers, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062295897
Branch Call Number: 782.4216 Gord
Characteristics: 273 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Apr 23, 2020

Kim Gordon is one of the original riot grrls who came to prominence with the band Sonic Youth. Gordon writes of her formative years growing up in California and the art/experimental/noise rock scene in 1970’s-80’s New York that would define Sonic Youth’s sound. Gordon takes the reader through her band’s success, her marital ups and downs, motherhood, and the challenges that come with working in the music industry. Whether you are a Sonic Youth fan, casual listener, or just want to learn more about the “Godmother of Grunge” this book gives the reader a glimpse into one rock’s most unique minds.

Mar 04, 2020

Excellent read, really enjoyed it from start to finish. Talking bout the effects her brother had on her life was refreshingly honest.

Dec 07, 2018

This book gave excellent insight into not only the untold history of Sonic Youth but also the experience of being a woman in the music industry.

PimaLib_ChristineR Jun 05, 2018

This book has all the good, bad and ugly that previous reviewers have mentioned, but reading it so shortly after finishing Roxane Gay's Bad Feminist, I didn't find the philosophical ironies irritating, but more revealing and human. You can be a feminist and still dislike Courtney Love. How feminist is it to rag on her nose? Not very, but it was human moments like this that I found most engaging. This is a book that made me take notes on things to read and art to look at. I am amazed at Gordon's capacity for philosophical discourse, even if she doesn't always take her own advice.

The beginning was definitely difficult to read, as I'm sure it was difficult to write about the breakdown of a marriage while still working together and that anger comes through in several places. Her relationship with her brother dominates her childhood, leaving her with more...maybe not anger, but angst. Honestly, I was surprised that her brother became the focus of her development, while her parents seem to be only halfway there on the best of days. I'll stop with the armchair psychology and just say that this is an interesting and engaging read about Gordon's life and her art, whether or not you are a fan of Sonic Youth.

Mar 18, 2018

Here's a compelling read about a truly fascinating life, from an unusual and sharp perspective. This includes Gordon's viewing her life choices in the context of her childhood and her socialization. She speaks well and in detail of her work relationship with Thurston Moore, and of his character and fatherhood; she touches on their difficult split only briefly. Her art-school background and privileged but genuinely painful youth add a lot of character to the book. I especially think that fans of Patti Smith's last 2 books might like it.

May 03, 2017

A memoir unlike any I've read before. Kim Gordon's choppy, yet descriptive, prose was surprisingly easy to read. And I was glad for it! Because who better than the kick-ass bass player from Sonic Youth to conjure up such a heady work about her life, love, and hurt. If you want a memoir that is unconventional and un-linear (is that a word? Probably not. But it's the only way to describe it), then I dare you to read Girl In a Band.

Sep 20, 2016

I enjoyed this memoir- I think it helps if you're a fan of Sonic Youth, but it's a well written memoir, as well as an interesting look at NYC in the 70's-80's.

Raindancer Aug 07, 2016

I loved reading about Kim growing up in the sixties, traveling, infiltrating the NYC art scene, meeting Thurston Moore and Sonic Youth's formation. I liked her descriptions of NY in the 70s and 80s. But I was left still feeling like I wanted more of who she was as a person. The marriage part is too recent and raw and at times it feels like Kim was still too bitter for real reflection. Having said that, Kim Gordon is an icon of counter-culture. I looked up to her when I was a teen, and after reading the book I can say I still do. She has a whip smart internal compass that has guided her through decades of style and dozens of interesting experiments, projects, Motherhood and expressions beyond Sonic Youth.

Jul 17, 2016

Not your typical rock girl memoir, as Kim Gordon shows a lot of class in her interest in art and her desire to raise her daughter with some sense of normalcy. Too bad Thurston Moore turned out to be a douche bag.

Mar 20, 2016

Interesting insight into the times when Sonic Youth were starting and "the scene" in which they incubated.
I know Gordon is an intelligent woman but I found the book to be awash in self pity.
If she finds any joy in her art it would be nice to share that too.

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