cover image Girl in a Band

Girl in a Band

Kim Gordon. Morrow/Dey Street, $27.99 (288p) ISBN 978-0-06-229589-7

In this intriguing memoir, Sonic Youth founding member Kim Gordon describes a life in art and music that led her through the undergrounds of Los Angeles and New York City, a journey framed by the dissolution of her 27-year marriage to bandmate Thurston Moore. Raised in L.A. by academic parents, Gordon surfed the last waves of ’60s counterculture into art school and the seedy, dynamic New York City of the late-1970s. An article she wrote for Real Life magazine titled “Trash Drugs and Male Bonding” led her to play guitar in a performance art piece; soon afterward she met Moore, five years younger than the 27-year-old Gordon but already a working musician. Gordon writes, “I joined a band, so I could be in that male dynamic, not staring through a closed window.... That essay unlocked the next thirty years of my life.“ The strength of Gordon’s prose lies in her evocation of places—the dappled light of L.A. canyons, the clamor and steaming heat of Hong Kong, the N.Y.C. loft scene. The descent of her older brother, Keller, into schizophrenia shadows the first half of the book; Moore’s adultery the second. Although Gordon includes expected list of celebrities she met throughout life, her unique sensibility never fades. [em](Feb.) [/em]