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For those looking for an in-depth story of just the music and the band Sonic Youth you may be disappointed. As a huge fan of the band I admit I would have liked to have read more about the music and the band from her perspective. In saying that, I still really enjoyed reading her personal story from, a very young age to the present day. I learnt what a talented artist she is in her own right. In light of her personal circumstances, it is very brave and candid. I felt like she downplayed her own musical talents as a bass player and songwriter a bit too much. For someone in such a highly revered and influential band, she is very humble and down to earth.
Part of me is any of the male characters in High Fidelity. I love Sonic Youth, but I've never dug into the band's personalities or their relationships, not have I worried about any gender issues in music - cock forest commentary about the hottest 100 to one side.
Ms Gordon is incredibly brave and honest in what she wrote about. I finished this book a few weeks ago. I am still thinking about it.
I read a review about this book and decided to give it ago. I have a couple of Sonic Youth albums that I play sporadically but would not call myself a super fan. Autobiographies are hit and miss for me, but I really enjoyed this one. It's well written , she has an interesting take on the world and a good story to tell. Well recommended.
With Sonic Youth being one of my favourite bands this was a must buy for me and I’d urge any fan of the band to buy it also! Not only does it give great insight to the art and music world of late 70s early 80s New York and beyond, but also into Kim’s life as an artist, musician, fashion designer and mother. It is at times heartwarming and equally as heartbreaking but I cannot recommend it enough as it perfectly encapsulates one of alternative music and cultures most important figures. A fan
Since this is no ghost writer bio you can tell that the ups and downs in the mood are sincere. The chronological trajectory of the book also seems to take the burdennoff Kim to come up with a specific concept beyond that of the memoir and that is such a wise choise since this brings to front the apologetic tone of the writer in many points. Even though i had already read a couple of sonic youth bios before the emphasis in the writing process fron the inside that kind of puts everything in boxes, how thurston wrote, what lee did usw. I really enjoyed the pictures too
This was a great book but not really what I expected. I preferred Viv Albertines book which I feel focused more on the music business. This book was more of a biography which to be honest detailed the breakdown of Kim and Thurstons marriage and clearly a lot of bitterness there! I love Sonic Youth and its great for a fan but as a real rock and roll story I feel it falls down slightly.
Bought as a gift for a mate who's a big fan of Sonic Youth. To be honest, I have a passing interest in them myself, so reading the other reviews makes me want to buy a copy for myself. This book was on my mate's list of books to buy. He's part way into it and says he's loving it. I think as long as you accept that it's mostly concentrating on her relationship and break up with Thurston Moore, then you're probably going to love it.