Girl in a Band

Kim Gordon, founding member of Sonic Youth, fashion icon, and role model for a generation of women, now tells her storya memoir of life as an artist, of music, marriage, motherhood, independence, and as one of the first women of rock and roll, written with the lyricism and haunting beauty of Patti Smith's Just Kids.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 '60s and '70s, her life in visual art, her move to New York City, the men in her life, her marriage, her relationship with her daughter, her music, and her band, Girl in a Band is a rich and beautifully written memoir.Gordon takes us back to the lost New York of the 1980s and '90s that gave rise to Sonic Youth, and the Alternative revolution in popular music. The band helped build a vocabulary of musicpaving the way for Nirvana, Hole, Smashing Pumpkins and many other acts. But at its core, Girl in a Band examines the route from gir..


Girl in a Band Reviews

Girl in a Band
Silvia

As a Sonic Youth fan, I regret reading this book. Whatever respect I had for the author is now gone. I did not expect it to be well-written - Kim Gordon is not a writer after all. Maybe she should have enlisted the help of a professional writer. But I guess that would have taken away the confessional tone with which she tries to colour her writing. She was going for a punk memoir, but the result is a terrible potpurri of bitching, name dropping - oohhhh so much name dropping - thinly veiled self ...more

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Michelle

Didn't like this quite as much as I thought I would. Some weird tone problems, too much name-dropping (as opposed to more in-depth reflection), some randomly dropped-in feminist sloganeering that felt artificial, and holy moly, some really questionable decisions about the framing of the breakup of her marriage and band. I'm still totally Team Kim, but dang, some of it was really, really cringe-inducing.

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Solistas

Το βιβλίο αφορά αποκλειστικά τους die-hard fans των Sonic Youth.

Κι επειδή οι τελευταίοι (myself included) μάλλον έχουν ήδη διαβάσει το βιβλίο, δεν υπάρχει κάτι που μπορεί κανείς να σχολιάσει που να μην είναι ήδη γνωστό. Όπως και να'χει όμως, είναι κάπως σοκαριστικό να διαβάζεις ένα τόσο μέτριο βιβλίο απ'την μέχρι πρότινος "coolest woman in rock and roll", όλο αυτό το δήθεν πράγμα με τις καλλιτεχνικές ανησυχίες της νιότης της και πάνω απ'όλα, αυτό το τόσο προβλέψιμο προφιλ της αδικημένης γυναίκας
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Lynx

Kim Gordon's life has certainly taken her to fascinating places. Growing up in the sixties, traveling, infiltrating the NYC art scene, Sonic Youth's formation and success, starting her own fashion line, producing others music and films, becoming an artist in her own right and all while being female and a mother, something ignorant journalists never fail to ask her about. Theres certainly never a dull moment in this book. Kim opens up about all these things as well as her personal relationships, ...more

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Ettore Pasquini

This book gave me a different view not just on Kim Gordon herself, but also on women's rights and the role of visual arts post-1960s.

I listened to the audio book, main reason being that she is reading it herself. It was my first audiobook, so I don’t have anything to compare it to, but I have to say that her "performance" adds something to this memoir. Even if a few times her reading stutters, in my opinion this makes the experience all the more intimate. The level of intimacy here is pretty uni
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Antonia Crane

I want to believe Kim Gordon wrote her own book. She is clearly a super smart, intuitive, well read, talented woman with intrinsic style who was born charmed with a nose for timing and unique, refined taste. She also simply hung out with the right people during an extremely exciting time in NY that existed before the Internet branded our souls and sold us down the river of Facehooker. I heard "Girl in a Band" on Audible read by Gordon. It was kinda romantic and heartbreaking heard that way— Gord ...more

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El

Last night I came across a journal I kept in late 1997 and early 1998, a journal I completely had forgotten about, but it seemed fitting to come across it now since reading this book has taken me back to around that period when I was listening to a lot of Sonic Youth. It was like being 19, 20 again and feeling like music was actually accomplishing something. (All that really meant was I was listening to music that affected me in some way, regardless of what it was doing to the rest of the listen ...more

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Darwin8u

Maskenfreiheit: The Freedom Conferred by Masks



"In general, though women aren't really allowed to be kick-ass. It's like the famous distinction between art and craft: Art and wilderness, and pushing against the edges, is a male thing. Craft and control, and polish, is for women. Culturally we don't allow women to be as free as they would like, because that is frightening. We either shun those women or deem them crazy. Female singers who push too much, and too hard, don't tend to last very long. T
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