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Girl in a Band: A Memoir Paperback – 1 December 2015

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An intriguing memoir. . . [Gordon's] unique sensibility never fades.--Publishers Weekly

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.--Booklist

"The best thing one of your heroes can do is make you feel heroic yourself. Kim Gordon has done just that in her memoir; it is full of beauty and power, inspiration, kindness, boldness and hope."--CARRIE BROWNSTEIN, writer, actor, musician CARRIE BROWNSTEIN, writer, actor, musician

"heartbreaking, raw, articulate, and inspiring."--Bust Magazine

"From beginning to end, the icon chronicles the evolution of music, art, and herself, set in and out of an ever-changing New York."--Interview

"Written with the same cool passion she brings to her lyrics, Gordon delivers a generous look at life inside the punk whirlwind."--Kirkus Reviews

Everybody loves Kim Gordon. So it's pretty much my bet that everybody will be hanging on the words of anyone who's read her forthcoming memoir (which is reportedly phenomenal). [Ed. note: It's even better than you're probably expecting.]--Flavorwire

"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, filmmaker

"Kim Gordon writes the way she plays. Fiercely, honestly, and with the creative abandon of a singular artist."--AMY POEHLER, actor, producer, writer

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"Unconventional. . . . Not a garden-variety rock memoir . . . [but] a strange and lovely book about a woman finding and losing herself onstage and off and crafting a complicated creative life when none of the molds quite fit."--Los Angeles Times Book Review

"Engaging and surprisingly intimate."--Vanity Fair

"More than a memoir, though one of the most riveting music biographies ever penned."--Examiner.com

For many, Kim Gordon, vocalist, bassist, and founding member of Sonic Youth--one of the most influential and successful bands to emerge from the post-punk New York scene--has always represented the epitome of cool. And almost as celebrated as the band's defiantly dissonant sound was the marriage between Gordon and her then husband, Thurston Moore. When it was announced that the couple was splitting after twenty-seven years of marriage, fans were devastated.

In Girl in a Band, this 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, 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.

Exploring the artists, musicians, and writers who influenced her, and the relationship that defined her life for so long, Girl in a Band is filled with the sights and sounds of a pre-Internet world and is a deeply personal portrait of a woman who has become an icon.


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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Dey Street Books; Reprint edition (1 December 2015)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 288 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 006229590X
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0062295903
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 13.49 x 1.65 x 20.32 cm
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Kim Althea Gordon (born April 28, 1953) is an American musician, songwriter, and visual artist. Born in Rochester, New York, Gordon was raised in Los Angeles, California, and studied art at the Otis Art Institute. She later rose to prominence as the bassist, guitarist, and vocalist of the New York City-based alternative rock band Sonic Youth, which she formed with ex-husband Thurston Moore in 1981.

Gordon also formed the musical project Free Kitten with Julia Cafritz (of Pussy Galore) in the 1990s, and debuted as a producer on Hole's debut album Pretty on the Inside (1991). Gordon also worked on a fashion line called X-Girl in 1993, and continued to write and release material with Sonic Youth throughout the 1990s and on into the late 2000s.

Gordon has collaborated with Ikue Mori, DJ Olive, William Winant, Lydia Lunch, Yoko Ono, Raymond Pettibon, Courtney Love, and Chris Corsano. In 2012, after the breakup of Sonic Youth, Gordon formed Body/Head with friend Bill Nace, releasing their debut album Coming Apart in September 2013. Gordon's memoir, Girl in a Band, was published in February 2015, by HarperCollins imprint Dey Street Books.

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