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Girl in a Band: A Memoir Hardcover – February 24, 2015
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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, filmmaker)
“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, musicianCARRIE BROWNSTEIN, writer, actor, musician)
“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)
“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)
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)
An intriguing memoir. . . [Gordon’s] unique sensibility never fades. (Publishers Weekly)
“heartbreaking, raw, articulate, and inspiring.” (Bust Magazine)
From the Back Cover
“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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Top Customer Reviews
In reality, "Girl in a Band" manages to offer all of that, just never fully. We get an interesting background about her upbringing, her childhood, moving around the world at a young age. From there, Kim Gordon focuses on growing up in the '60s, her budding love of the art, and her travels around the country, offering up interesting, albeit brief tidbits and interesting namedropping along the way.
Upon explaining her arrival in New York, Gordon tackles the Sonic Youth sections by focusing on each album. At first, I was excited when she presented the history so concisely. However, Kim Gordon speeds through each album so quickly, it's sometimes disappointing. She tends to focus on certain sections of lyrics rather than the dynamics of the band at the time, or their travels, recording, etc.(for a easily enjoyable book on the history of Sonic Youth, check out "Goodbye 20th Century" by David Browne). While many sections offera fresh perspective, I can't help but wish she would have expanded on certain areas.
The book is a quick read, at times very well constructed, and page turning. However, certain section are written as if it managed to dodge an editor, suddenly taking on a sloppy casual tone following a well crafted previous chapter. All in all, Kim Gordon's memoir is a welcomed addition from a strong female voice and true artist.Read more ›
I'm only a cursory fan of the band. I respect them completely and to me they have been incredibly important to modern music, especially what's often called 'alternate'. So I thoroughly enjoyed this book for what it is and highly recommend it to anyone even remotely interested in an artist that has more time for creating art than overthinking it.
The insights into feminism were something I greatly appreciated (as a guy). Her approach to finding a truth to this while also performing in a highly sexualized arena were-like most things she seems to do-subtle, informed, clever and progressively inclusive.
Kim Gordon is a mysterious icon. This memoir offers an insight into the voyage of her life and the love of art that has driven her to create. It lessens the mystery and makes her a greater inspiration.
GIRL IN A BAND is not just about the author's experience as a musician; it's also about her experience as an artist. I did not know, for example, that Kim actually graduated from one of the most well known schools of art in the United States, Otis. It had a huge impact on Kim: "Otis changed my life." Kim recalls that she became very close to John Knight, who became her first artistic mentor. John had been kicked out of Otis because he used the school's hedges to form a sculpture. Apparently the school establishment was not too pleased with his choice of media. John taught a seminar, attended by Kim, which would meet in different houses or apartments. "John Knight taught me that anything - a car, a house, a long- could be seen and talked about in aesthetic terms. He introduced me to conceptual art, showed me how all art derives from an idea."
One interesting early section is her experience at the "UCLA Lab School." The teacher wanted to impress upon the students the significance of Dana Point Harbor. (Named, of course, after Richard Henry Dana, author of the classic, "Two Years before the Mast.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The dawning of the punk movement was a bit after my time but it was enlightening to read about the early years of it. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Karla Jackson
This was a gift for a very dear friend who loves Kim Gordon. I was very very pleasantly surprised when I opened it just to browse through it before I gave it to him and found that... Read morePublished 18 days ago by jody
Kim Gordon is honest, straightforward and hurt. She is s good writer,and a not so good vocalist, with a story to tell about fellow artists, love of music and Curt Cobain. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Gudleik Grimstad
This was an ok memoir but didnt have very much PUNCH Imo. I was glad to hear her take on visual art etc. but overall I was a bit dissapointed.Published 27 days ago by Michelle M
As far as I know, my neice loves this book!
She's into fashion and also into enterprising females!
Loved this book! Kim Gordon tells a good story. She tells it all without saying too much. A true page turner.Published 29 days ago by Mister See
This is a great book that tells the very human tale of a girl that we all saw as an icon. For those who lived the garage 90s music era, this is a great read.Published 2 months ago by Nic & Juan
I enjoyed reading about all the 80s and 90s drama. Kim doesn't hold her tongue and talks a lot of trash. Enjoyable read, I finished in a couple of plane rides.Published 2 months ago by Zelda214