Girl in a Band: A Memoir by Kim Gordon


In Girl in a Band, this famously reserved superstar speaks candidly about her past and the future. From her childhood in the sun baked suburbs of Southern California, growing up with a mentally ill sibling, to New York’s downtown art and music scene in the ’80s and ’90s 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.

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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.

Exploring the artists, musicians, and writers who influenced her, and the relationship that defined her life for so long—her former marriage to fellow Sonic Youth founder and lead guitarist Thurston Moore—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.

“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

“One of the most riveting music biographies ever penned.” —

“Full of raw emotion and insight.” —Sofia Coppola

Girl in a Band: A Memoir by Kim Gordon
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