- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Dey Street Books; Reprint edition (December 1, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780062295903
- ISBN-13: 978-0062295903
- ASIN: 006229590X
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 255 customer reviews
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“Kim Gordon writes the way she plays. Fiercely, honestly, and with the creative abandon of a singular artist.” (AMY POEHLER, actor, producer, writer)
“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, musician CARRIE 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)
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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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and have to admit to myself that gordon's memoirs are very boring
heavy heavy namedropping all over the book,
that's what i expected, but i imagined that it would be more exciting
that i will find her anecdotes lil bit more crunchier and spicier
but most of them are flat, it's like she really doesn't have anything to tell
ultimately sonic youth were a referential namedropping band
i always thought t.moore was responsible for that part, but it seams like that this is what they 2 had in common
my favourite part about this book, are her reflections on her schizophrenic brother
dissing courtney love is easy to do, and unnecessary,
her reflections on motherhood are boring,
detailed/interesting descriptions on new york of the 80ies are nearly abscent
i expected that she would use this book to dive deeper into her psyche
in order to leave the baggage of her broken marriage and the disbanded band behind her
but instead of that i heard namedropping after namedropping and now i know in all details
who was/is important for kim gordon’s art taste,
gordon’s power/influence was for me in the 80ies, maybe early 90ies
today i really care very little about her taste and her apearance
i was a huge sonic youth fan, hmm in my and their youth
goo, was my last album i payed & paid attention to
they should have disbanded way earlier
and i hope kim gordon will continue doing art and less music
I love you Kim, and the contribution you have made not only to women in music, but to music in general. But just because someone isn't "punk" or doing art of art's sake doesn't mean they are worthless.
That was how I felt for four years. Then on one afternoon I finally saw Kim Gordon’s book Girl in A Band on a shelf in Barnes & Noble. I knew earlier that she was releasing a memoir but I didn’t know when. I wasn’t invested in discovering something so personal. I had some time to go over the book. What I wanted to know if anything was her perspective on the studio recordings; just a detailed standpoint of how they work as musicians. That’s what I was curious to find out about. She does cover ground on that especially the second half of the book. She pretty much goes through their career but I noticed she leaves out NYC Ghosts & Flowers – very underrated but one of their best. I don’t know why she never mentioned that album. The book starts off very depressing as she recounts the final stage performance of Sonic Youth in Sao Paulo, Brazil from 2011. It was three months after Kim and Thurston were no longer a couple, so after the show ended they all went their separate ways. It really was the end for them. Kim being amiable about the whole thing while on that tour points out some pretty devastating things such as, “…relationship failure – a male midlife crisis, another woman, a double life.” and “What was going on was the silent, unwelcome guest in the room.” Initially I wasn’t sure of continuing reading due to such private content so I felt I had to back off…for a while at least.
A week ago I finished the book. It basically took me two weeks to read. It is an easy read but I like to go slow and reread certain parts so it’s easier to fully absorb what I’m reading. Speedreading is something I choose not to do. My mind doesn’t work that way. Afterwards I respect her now than ever before. She goes on a little too much about art both conceptual and visual but overall it is intriguing. She seems to have a professional aura that I admire. It is more than a rock and roll memoir to me. I was enthralled by her history growing up in Los Angeles and moving with her family to Hawaii and then later to Hong Kong, and then back to L.A. I liked when she described how her parents and their friends enjoyed spending the summers in the late sixties at Klamath River.
Much later on in the book in Chapter 50, as she discusses the disintegration of her marriage she came across a reference to Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight. The line of dialogue goes, “Some men just want to watch the world burn.” In my life I was never that way. I always favored comfort, security and stability. I think about how overwhelming it is for their marriage to end after 27 years and all the work they’ve done together. That’s a long time sharing a life with someone.