Like many other music geeks, I sprung for a copy of Kim Gordon’s new memoir, “Girl in a Band” yesterday. I’m barely a chapter into it, but the opening salvo about Sonic Youth’s final performance at a festival in South America is already pretty compelling stuff.
Much has been said about what Kim’s divulged in this book — and what she hasn’t. For her part, Gordon has taken pains to point out that she didn’t want to do a hackneyed rock n’ roll tell-all. Regardless, the schism between her and Thurston Moore looms large. We’ll see, I suppose.
In any case, invariably motivated by same, my comrade Elie from Bowery Boogie published a great post today about Thurston & Kim’s old apartment on Eldridge Street, where the couple lived for several years before hitting the proverbial big time. Elie unearthed some fairly amazing footage of Thurston giving a characteristically dry-humored tour of the couple’s cluttered apartment.
It’s hard not to watch and feel a bit depressed, but it’s worth checking out.
The amazing band photo up top was taken by one Frans Schellekens for Rolling Stone circa 1986. The annoying thing about this is that, as I may have mentioned in the past here, I had the honor of interviewing Sonic Youth shortly before the release of 1990’s Goo, and brought along my entirely shitty instamatic camera. I have a clutch of photos of the band sitting in the incongruously plush confines of a Geffen Records conference room, including one featuring the soul-immolating stare from a seemingly disdainful (but actually just plain shy) Kim Gordon.
Must find those.
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