I finished reading Kim Gordon’s autobiography and was left pleasantly surprised by the word’s of a frontwoman whose band I listened to but really knew nothing about.
Kim Gordon has always been edgy, cool, daring and strong in my opinion. To read about her upbringing and how she came to make music out of her insecurities, her emotions, and her fears was powerful. She describes how she came into her own, the journey it took to figure herself out. From being a popular California girl to feeling lost and rejected by New York’s 80s art scene to fleeing to a quaint suburban home to escape rockdom. How her relationship with her paranoid schizophrenic brother and her absent minded but well meaning father came to mold her future relationships with men, especially her ex-husband Thurston. She goes deep into details about her life with family, friends, fellow musicians and lovers, and she’s painfully honest about the music scene then and now.
I couldn’t put the book down, every page was better than the one before it. What I loved and admired the most was that the book, the story of her life, was about Sonic Youth all along. How her growing up influenced the type of music she would make, how the things around inspired the lyrics she wrote, about what it was like when your bandmate also happened to be your husband, and what it really felt like to be a frontwoman during an era when rock was controlled and ran by men. To be a girl in a band.
If you’re into rock and roll and its history, you’ll find this book to be a great read. Sonic Youth was around for about 30 years and met and worked with so many prominent music artists from the 70s to the 90s. But if you’re a young woman like I am who is always looking to grow and continuously find yourself not only through your own experiences but by being uplifted through the words and actions of strong women then this book proved to be excellent and motivational.
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