Girl in a Band

Girl in a Band

Kim Gordon, founding member of Sonic Youth, fashion icon, and role model for a generation of women, now tells her story?a memoir of life as an artist, of music, marriage, motherhood, independence, and as one of the first women of rock and roll, written with the lyricism and haunting beauty of Patti Smith's Just Kids. Often described as aloof, Kim Gordon opens up as never be Kim Gordon, founding member of Sonic Youth, fashion icon, and role model for a generation of women, now tells her s...

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Title:Girl in a Band
Author:Kim Gordon
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Girl in a Band Reviews

  • susie
    Oct 09, 2014

    Interesting and at times even moving, but mostly, there is a distance there and whether or not it's because there are places she doesn't want to go or doesn't care to take you, I'm not sure. There is something very unresolved about it as a memoir but again, that's ok - she's in the mid...

    I finally understand why they say you should never meet your heroes. I thought (just like you) that Kim was the coolest ever in the hippest band ever. If you want to keep thinking that, don't ever read this book. Read this one instead. If you're already set on reading it anyway or go...

    A very fast read and quite illuminating though not for the reasons one might expect. I was pretty dismayed at how Kim's elitism and namedropping goes hand in hand with her playing punk rock contests and speaking really harshly about other women. It's one thing to say Courtney Love is c...

    Kim Gordon's Girl in a Band offers interesting insights, especially on the formation of Sonic Youth, how the band approached songs and albums (what they had in mind while writing specific songs and what their studio sessions were like). Gordon also relates how the band identified itsel...

    Kim Gordon's life has certainly taken her to fascinating places. Growing up in the sixties, traveling, infiltrating the NYC art scene, Sonic Youth's formation and success, starting her own fashion line, producing others music and films, becoming an artist in her own right and all while...

    True to her stage persona Kim Gordon has the effortless cool detached rock thing happening, what you see is what you get. Kim is a hard nut to crack, you can see that she truly struggles to open up but when she does it?s worth the wait. She can be scathing, hard edged and cynical...

    I think its telling that after spending 270 pages with the author I don't really have a sense of her as an artist, musician, or a person. I know a lot more about her projects and things that happened to her, but at the end of the book she remains a cipher. For someone who has accomplis...

    This book gave me a different view not just on Kim Gordon herself, but also on women's rights and the role of visual arts post-1960s. I listened to the audio book, main reason being that she is reading it herself. It was my first audiobook, so I don?t have anything to compare it t...

    I was disappointed by this book for several reasons. Call them personal if you may. I didn't think it was healthy to vent so much about Thurston Moore's affairs; Kim actually sounded desperate for validation, and a book was not the place to do it, in my personal opinion. I agree with s...

    Maskenfreiheit: The Freedom Conferred by Masks "In general, though women aren't really allowed to be kick-ass. It's like the famous distinction between art and craft: Art and wilderness, and pushing against the edges, is a male thing. Craft and control, and polish, is for women....

    Last night I came across a journal I kept in late 1997 and early 1998, a journal I completely had forgotten about, but it seemed fitting to come across it now since reading this book has taken me back to around that period when I was listening to a lot of Sonic Youth. It was like being...

    Didn't like this quite as much as I thought I would. Some weird tone problems, too much name-dropping (as opposed to more in-depth reflection), some randomly dropped-in feminist sloganeering that felt artificial, and holy moly, some really questionable decisions about the framing of th...

    I'm hoping that this will turn out to be the biggest literary let-down of 2015, because I can't think what could be worse. You know how Gordon is famous for being icy, opaque, inscrutable? This memoir is.. icy, opaque and inscrutable. Page after page of naming art dealers, a statement ...

    i know I'm in the minority of most readers of Kim Gordon's "Girl in a Band," but I think the book would be a lot more interesting if she focused on her childhood and then the New York years. I liked her descriptions of Manhattan life in the late 70s and early 80's - and also the sectio...

    COULD NOT BE MORE EXCITED. - - - Edit: Ok, now I've read. I savored! This book was everything I hoped for and sometimes more and sometimes less. That it was just a little bit flawed makes it feel more intimate a portrayal. Kim Gordon is an icon of counter-culture. I looked...

  • El
    Mar 25, 2015

    Interesting and at times even moving, but mostly, there is a distance there and whether or not it's because there are places she doesn't want to go or doesn't care to take you, I'm not sure. There is something very unresolved about it as a memoir but again, that's ok - she's in the mid...

    I finally understand why they say you should never meet your heroes. I thought (just like you) that Kim was the coolest ever in the hippest band ever. If you want to keep thinking that, don't ever read this book. Read this one instead. If you're already set on reading it anyway or go...

    A very fast read and quite illuminating though not for the reasons one might expect. I was pretty dismayed at how Kim's elitism and namedropping goes hand in hand with her playing punk rock contests and speaking really harshly about other women. It's one thing to say Courtney Love is c...

    Kim Gordon's Girl in a Band offers interesting insights, especially on the formation of Sonic Youth, how the band approached songs and albums (what they had in mind while writing specific songs and what their studio sessions were like). Gordon also relates how the band identified itsel...

    Kim Gordon's life has certainly taken her to fascinating places. Growing up in the sixties, traveling, infiltrating the NYC art scene, Sonic Youth's formation and success, starting her own fashion line, producing others music and films, becoming an artist in her own right and all while...

    True to her stage persona Kim Gordon has the effortless cool detached rock thing happening, what you see is what you get. Kim is a hard nut to crack, you can see that she truly struggles to open up but when she does it?s worth the wait. She can be scathing, hard edged and cynical...

    I think its telling that after spending 270 pages with the author I don't really have a sense of her as an artist, musician, or a person. I know a lot more about her projects and things that happened to her, but at the end of the book she remains a cipher. For someone who has accomplis...

    This book gave me a different view not just on Kim Gordon herself, but also on women's rights and the role of visual arts post-1960s. I listened to the audio book, main reason being that she is reading it herself. It was my first audiobook, so I don?t have anything to compare it t...

    I was disappointed by this book for several reasons. Call them personal if you may. I didn't think it was healthy to vent so much about Thurston Moore's affairs; Kim actually sounded desperate for validation, and a book was not the place to do it, in my personal opinion. I agree with s...

    Maskenfreiheit: The Freedom Conferred by Masks "In general, though women aren't really allowed to be kick-ass. It's like the famous distinction between art and craft: Art and wilderness, and pushing against the edges, is a male thing. Craft and control, and polish, is for women....

    Last night I came across a journal I kept in late 1997 and early 1998, a journal I completely had forgotten about, but it seemed fitting to come across it now since reading this book has taken me back to around that period when I was listening to a lot of Sonic Youth. It was like being...

  • Tosh
    Jan 20, 2015

    Interesting and at times even moving, but mostly, there is a distance there and whether or not it's because there are places she doesn't want to go or doesn't care to take you, I'm not sure. There is something very unresolved about it as a memoir but again, that's ok - she's in the mid...

    I finally understand why they say you should never meet your heroes. I thought (just like you) that Kim was the coolest ever in the hippest band ever. If you want to keep thinking that, don't ever read this book. Read this one instead. If you're already set on reading it anyway or go...

    A very fast read and quite illuminating though not for the reasons one might expect. I was pretty dismayed at how Kim's elitism and namedropping goes hand in hand with her playing punk rock contests and speaking really harshly about other women. It's one thing to say Courtney Love is c...

    Kim Gordon's Girl in a Band offers interesting insights, especially on the formation of Sonic Youth, how the band approached songs and albums (what they had in mind while writing specific songs and what their studio sessions were like). Gordon also relates how the band identified itsel...

    Kim Gordon's life has certainly taken her to fascinating places. Growing up in the sixties, traveling, infiltrating the NYC art scene, Sonic Youth's formation and success, starting her own fashion line, producing others music and films, becoming an artist in her own right and all while...

    True to her stage persona Kim Gordon has the effortless cool detached rock thing happening, what you see is what you get. Kim is a hard nut to crack, you can see that she truly struggles to open up but when she does it?s worth the wait. She can be scathing, hard edged and cynical...

    I think its telling that after spending 270 pages with the author I don't really have a sense of her as an artist, musician, or a person. I know a lot more about her projects and things that happened to her, but at the end of the book she remains a cipher. For someone who has accomplis...

    This book gave me a different view not just on Kim Gordon herself, but also on women's rights and the role of visual arts post-1960s. I listened to the audio book, main reason being that she is reading it herself. It was my first audiobook, so I don?t have anything to compare it t...

    I was disappointed by this book for several reasons. Call them personal if you may. I didn't think it was healthy to vent so much about Thurston Moore's affairs; Kim actually sounded desperate for validation, and a book was not the place to do it, in my personal opinion. I agree with s...

    Maskenfreiheit: The Freedom Conferred by Masks "In general, though women aren't really allowed to be kick-ass. It's like the famous distinction between art and craft: Art and wilderness, and pushing against the edges, is a male thing. Craft and control, and polish, is for women....

    Last night I came across a journal I kept in late 1997 and early 1998, a journal I completely had forgotten about, but it seemed fitting to come across it now since reading this book has taken me back to around that period when I was listening to a lot of Sonic Youth. It was like being...

    Didn't like this quite as much as I thought I would. Some weird tone problems, too much name-dropping (as opposed to more in-depth reflection), some randomly dropped-in feminist sloganeering that felt artificial, and holy moly, some really questionable decisions about the framing of th...

    I'm hoping that this will turn out to be the biggest literary let-down of 2015, because I can't think what could be worse. You know how Gordon is famous for being icy, opaque, inscrutable? This memoir is.. icy, opaque and inscrutable. Page after page of naming art dealers, a statement ...

    i know I'm in the minority of most readers of Kim Gordon's "Girl in a Band," but I think the book would be a lot more interesting if she focused on her childhood and then the New York years. I liked her descriptions of Manhattan life in the late 70s and early 80's - and also the sectio...

  • Jim
    Mar 03, 2015

    Interesting and at times even moving, but mostly, there is a distance there and whether or not it's because there are places she doesn't want to go or doesn't care to take you, I'm not sure. There is something very unresolved about it as a memoir but again, that's ok - she's in the mid...

    I finally understand why they say you should never meet your heroes. I thought (just like you) that Kim was the coolest ever in the hippest band ever. If you want to keep thinking that, don't ever read this book. Read this one instead. If you're already set on reading it anyway or go...

    A very fast read and quite illuminating though not for the reasons one might expect. I was pretty dismayed at how Kim's elitism and namedropping goes hand in hand with her playing punk rock contests and speaking really harshly about other women. It's one thing to say Courtney Love is c...

    Kim Gordon's Girl in a Band offers interesting insights, especially on the formation of Sonic Youth, how the band approached songs and albums (what they had in mind while writing specific songs and what their studio sessions were like). Gordon also relates how the band identified itsel...

    Kim Gordon's life has certainly taken her to fascinating places. Growing up in the sixties, traveling, infiltrating the NYC art scene, Sonic Youth's formation and success, starting her own fashion line, producing others music and films, becoming an artist in her own right and all while...

    True to her stage persona Kim Gordon has the effortless cool detached rock thing happening, what you see is what you get. Kim is a hard nut to crack, you can see that she truly struggles to open up but when she does it?s worth the wait. She can be scathing, hard edged and cynical...

    I think its telling that after spending 270 pages with the author I don't really have a sense of her as an artist, musician, or a person. I know a lot more about her projects and things that happened to her, but at the end of the book she remains a cipher. For someone who has accomplis...

  • Lauren
    Dec 05, 2014

    Interesting and at times even moving, but mostly, there is a distance there and whether or not it's because there are places she doesn't want to go or doesn't care to take you, I'm not sure. There is something very unresolved about it as a memoir but again, that's ok - she's in the mid...

  • Lisa
    Dec 05, 2014

    Interesting and at times even moving, but mostly, there is a distance there and whether or not it's because there are places she doesn't want to go or doesn't care to take you, I'm not sure. There is something very unresolved about it as a memoir but again, that's ok - she's in the mid...

    I finally understand why they say you should never meet your heroes. I thought (just like you) that Kim was the coolest ever in the hippest band ever. If you want to keep thinking that, don't ever read this book. Read this one instead. If you're already set on reading it anyway or go...

    A very fast read and quite illuminating though not for the reasons one might expect. I was pretty dismayed at how Kim's elitism and namedropping goes hand in hand with her playing punk rock contests and speaking really harshly about other women. It's one thing to say Courtney Love is c...

    Kim Gordon's Girl in a Band offers interesting insights, especially on the formation of Sonic Youth, how the band approached songs and albums (what they had in mind while writing specific songs and what their studio sessions were like). Gordon also relates how the band identified itsel...

    Kim Gordon's life has certainly taken her to fascinating places. Growing up in the sixties, traveling, infiltrating the NYC art scene, Sonic Youth's formation and success, starting her own fashion line, producing others music and films, becoming an artist in her own right and all while...

    True to her stage persona Kim Gordon has the effortless cool detached rock thing happening, what you see is what you get. Kim is a hard nut to crack, you can see that she truly struggles to open up but when she does it?s worth the wait. She can be scathing, hard edged and cynical...

    I think its telling that after spending 270 pages with the author I don't really have a sense of her as an artist, musician, or a person. I know a lot more about her projects and things that happened to her, but at the end of the book she remains a cipher. For someone who has accomplis...

    This book gave me a different view not just on Kim Gordon herself, but also on women's rights and the role of visual arts post-1960s. I listened to the audio book, main reason being that she is reading it herself. It was my first audiobook, so I don?t have anything to compare it t...

    I was disappointed by this book for several reasons. Call them personal if you may. I didn't think it was healthy to vent so much about Thurston Moore's affairs; Kim actually sounded desperate for validation, and a book was not the place to do it, in my personal opinion. I agree with s...

    Maskenfreiheit: The Freedom Conferred by Masks "In general, though women aren't really allowed to be kick-ass. It's like the famous distinction between art and craft: Art and wilderness, and pushing against the edges, is a male thing. Craft and control, and polish, is for women....

    Last night I came across a journal I kept in late 1997 and early 1998, a journal I completely had forgotten about, but it seemed fitting to come across it now since reading this book has taken me back to around that period when I was listening to a lot of Sonic Youth. It was like being...

    Didn't like this quite as much as I thought I would. Some weird tone problems, too much name-dropping (as opposed to more in-depth reflection), some randomly dropped-in feminist sloganeering that felt artificial, and holy moly, some really questionable decisions about the framing of th...

    I'm hoping that this will turn out to be the biggest literary let-down of 2015, because I can't think what could be worse. You know how Gordon is famous for being icy, opaque, inscrutable? This memoir is.. icy, opaque and inscrutable. Page after page of naming art dealers, a statement ...

    i know I'm in the minority of most readers of Kim Gordon's "Girl in a Band," but I think the book would be a lot more interesting if she focused on her childhood and then the New York years. I liked her descriptions of Manhattan life in the late 70s and early 80's - and also the sectio...

    COULD NOT BE MORE EXCITED. - - - Edit: Ok, now I've read. I savored! This book was everything I hoped for and sometimes more and sometimes less. That it was just a little bit flawed makes it feel more intimate a portrayal. Kim Gordon is an icon of counter-culture. I looked...

    What I found most interesting about Girl in a Band was the way Kim Gordon?s experiences in the Manhattan art world of the 1980s affected her other creative pursuits, including music. There?s a lot of appropriation going on, and Kim speaks quite openly about the ways various songs, ...

    I can't believe I'm about to use this as the definitive word for a book by Kim Gordon, but, more than anything, Girl in a Band is... boring. I don't doubt that she wrote this book because she wanted to. I don't doubt that she wanted to tell her story, but Girl in a Band just skirts ...

    First things first: Having recently read a few memoirs of women in music, I can confirm I'm reliably mystified/enchanted by (Read: a sucker for) some of the reverse-Pygmalion-like conventions of these stories. Specifically, an influential countercultural musician who claims at the outs...

    Acho que estou apaixonada... pela Kim Gordon. Okay, é óbvio que já conheço os Sonic Youth há anos, é claro que sabia que ela e o Thurston tinham uma filha, mas tal como quase tudo na vida me passa ao lado, também as razões pelas quais se tinham separado passaram. E, caramba, qu...

    Having read several lukewarm reviews by fellow Sonic Youth fans, I was prepared to be underwhelmed by this book. I was not prepared for how amazing it was and how it's been haunting me since I finished it. I have long admired Kim for her toughness and her talent. Sonic Youth, pa...

    I loved Sonic Youth and saw them many times so I was really looking forward to this book. Then I read it. Once you discard all the pointless and insecure name dropping, there are two main points the author makes: 1. All her life she has lived in the shadow of men who have made it im...

    This was a really entertaining rock memoir - the short chapters, the photographs, and the anecdotes within all built up to educate me on Kim Gordon, one of the founding members of Sonic Youth, providing me with a lot of things I had never known about her before. In under 300 pages, ...

    I couldn't even make it to the good stuff. I was so utterly bored by one of the most fascinating lives ever lived. Kim needed a better editor. I bet the audio book would be worthwhile. Book is just name droppy boring writing. Really had higher expectations for this. ...

    Sonic Youth is great and Kim Gordon was an indispensable part of the band; it wouldn't have been successful without her, and that's something you'd rarely say about a bass player. However, I should have left it at that. I don't usually indulge in artist/author/musician biographies, bec...

    So hard to say what I feel about this book. It's full of a lot of pain, as Kim clearly and heartily states her case and shows her wounds over her split with Thurston Moore. But outside of that, there is an odd blankness, a cool recounting of a sequence of events. It reminded me a littl...

    ?? ?????? ????? ???????????? ???? die-hard fans ??? Sonic Youth. ?? ?????? ?? ?????????? (myself included) ?????? ????? ??? ???????? ?? ??????, ??? ??????? ???? ??? ?????? ???...

    There are a lot of things I really loved about this memoir. I appreciated her starting with her break-up because it felt vulnerable to start from a dark place. I admire that--as a woman--she is speaking her truth about her break-up and isn't trying to play the whole "I'm perfectly fine...

    Good, though not moving... and it felt a little incomplete, somehow. Which I know is the nature of a memoir if one isn't dead yet, but somehow Gordon feels like she's still got a lot more stuff to settle up. It's a panoramic book, not a reflective book. But still interesting, anecdotal...

  • Antonia Crane
    Apr 26, 2015

    Interesting and at times even moving, but mostly, there is a distance there and whether or not it's because there are places she doesn't want to go or doesn't care to take you, I'm not sure. There is something very unresolved about it as a memoir but again, that's ok - she's in the mid...

    I finally understand why they say you should never meet your heroes. I thought (just like you) that Kim was the coolest ever in the hippest band ever. If you want to keep thinking that, don't ever read this book. Read this one instead. If you're already set on reading it anyway or go...

    A very fast read and quite illuminating though not for the reasons one might expect. I was pretty dismayed at how Kim's elitism and namedropping goes hand in hand with her playing punk rock contests and speaking really harshly about other women. It's one thing to say Courtney Love is c...

    Kim Gordon's Girl in a Band offers interesting insights, especially on the formation of Sonic Youth, how the band approached songs and albums (what they had in mind while writing specific songs and what their studio sessions were like). Gordon also relates how the band identified itsel...

    Kim Gordon's life has certainly taken her to fascinating places. Growing up in the sixties, traveling, infiltrating the NYC art scene, Sonic Youth's formation and success, starting her own fashion line, producing others music and films, becoming an artist in her own right and all while...

    True to her stage persona Kim Gordon has the effortless cool detached rock thing happening, what you see is what you get. Kim is a hard nut to crack, you can see that she truly struggles to open up but when she does it?s worth the wait. She can be scathing, hard edged and cynical...

    I think its telling that after spending 270 pages with the author I don't really have a sense of her as an artist, musician, or a person. I know a lot more about her projects and things that happened to her, but at the end of the book she remains a cipher. For someone who has accomplis...

    This book gave me a different view not just on Kim Gordon herself, but also on women's rights and the role of visual arts post-1960s. I listened to the audio book, main reason being that she is reading it herself. It was my first audiobook, so I don?t have anything to compare it t...

    I was disappointed by this book for several reasons. Call them personal if you may. I didn't think it was healthy to vent so much about Thurston Moore's affairs; Kim actually sounded desperate for validation, and a book was not the place to do it, in my personal opinion. I agree with s...

    Maskenfreiheit: The Freedom Conferred by Masks "In general, though women aren't really allowed to be kick-ass. It's like the famous distinction between art and craft: Art and wilderness, and pushing against the edges, is a male thing. Craft and control, and polish, is for women....

    Last night I came across a journal I kept in late 1997 and early 1998, a journal I completely had forgotten about, but it seemed fitting to come across it now since reading this book has taken me back to around that period when I was listening to a lot of Sonic Youth. It was like being...

    Didn't like this quite as much as I thought I would. Some weird tone problems, too much name-dropping (as opposed to more in-depth reflection), some randomly dropped-in feminist sloganeering that felt artificial, and holy moly, some really questionable decisions about the framing of th...

    I'm hoping that this will turn out to be the biggest literary let-down of 2015, because I can't think what could be worse. You know how Gordon is famous for being icy, opaque, inscrutable? This memoir is.. icy, opaque and inscrutable. Page after page of naming art dealers, a statement ...

    i know I'm in the minority of most readers of Kim Gordon's "Girl in a Band," but I think the book would be a lot more interesting if she focused on her childhood and then the New York years. I liked her descriptions of Manhattan life in the late 70s and early 80's - and also the sectio...

    COULD NOT BE MORE EXCITED. - - - Edit: Ok, now I've read. I savored! This book was everything I hoped for and sometimes more and sometimes less. That it was just a little bit flawed makes it feel more intimate a portrayal. Kim Gordon is an icon of counter-culture. I looked...

    What I found most interesting about Girl in a Band was the way Kim Gordon?s experiences in the Manhattan art world of the 1980s affected her other creative pursuits, including music. There?s a lot of appropriation going on, and Kim speaks quite openly about the ways various songs, ...

    I can't believe I'm about to use this as the definitive word for a book by Kim Gordon, but, more than anything, Girl in a Band is... boring. I don't doubt that she wrote this book because she wanted to. I don't doubt that she wanted to tell her story, but Girl in a Band just skirts ...

    First things first: Having recently read a few memoirs of women in music, I can confirm I'm reliably mystified/enchanted by (Read: a sucker for) some of the reverse-Pygmalion-like conventions of these stories. Specifically, an influential countercultural musician who claims at the outs...

    Acho que estou apaixonada... pela Kim Gordon. Okay, é óbvio que já conheço os Sonic Youth há anos, é claro que sabia que ela e o Thurston tinham uma filha, mas tal como quase tudo na vida me passa ao lado, também as razões pelas quais se tinham separado passaram. E, caramba, qu...

    Having read several lukewarm reviews by fellow Sonic Youth fans, I was prepared to be underwhelmed by this book. I was not prepared for how amazing it was and how it's been haunting me since I finished it. I have long admired Kim for her toughness and her talent. Sonic Youth, pa...

    I loved Sonic Youth and saw them many times so I was really looking forward to this book. Then I read it. Once you discard all the pointless and insecure name dropping, there are two main points the author makes: 1. All her life she has lived in the shadow of men who have made it im...

    This was a really entertaining rock memoir - the short chapters, the photographs, and the anecdotes within all built up to educate me on Kim Gordon, one of the founding members of Sonic Youth, providing me with a lot of things I had never known about her before. In under 300 pages, ...

    I couldn't even make it to the good stuff. I was so utterly bored by one of the most fascinating lives ever lived. Kim needed a better editor. I bet the audio book would be worthwhile. Book is just name droppy boring writing. Really had higher expectations for this. ...

    Sonic Youth is great and Kim Gordon was an indispensable part of the band; it wouldn't have been successful without her, and that's something you'd rarely say about a bass player. However, I should have left it at that. I don't usually indulge in artist/author/musician biographies, bec...

    So hard to say what I feel about this book. It's full of a lot of pain, as Kim clearly and heartily states her case and shows her wounds over her split with Thurston Moore. But outside of that, there is an odd blankness, a cool recounting of a sequence of events. It reminded me a littl...

    ?? ?????? ????? ???????????? ???? die-hard fans ??? Sonic Youth. ?? ?????? ?? ?????????? (myself included) ?????? ????? ??? ???????? ?? ??????, ??? ??????? ???? ??? ?????? ???...

    There are a lot of things I really loved about this memoir. I appreciated her starting with her break-up because it felt vulnerable to start from a dark place. I admire that--as a woman--she is speaking her truth about her break-up and isn't trying to play the whole "I'm perfectly fine...

    Good, though not moving... and it felt a little incomplete, somehow. Which I know is the nature of a memoir if one isn't dead yet, but somehow Gordon feels like she's still got a lot more stuff to settle up. It's a panoramic book, not a reflective book. But still interesting, anecdotal...

    I want to believe Kim Gordon wrote her own book. She is clearly a super smart, intuitive, well read, talented woman with intrinsic style who was born charmed with a nose for timing and unique, refined taste. She also simply hung out with the right people during an extremely exciting ti...

  • Lynx
    Jan 23, 2015

    Interesting and at times even moving, but mostly, there is a distance there and whether or not it's because there are places she doesn't want to go or doesn't care to take you, I'm not sure. There is something very unresolved about it as a memoir but again, that's ok - she's in the mid...

    I finally understand why they say you should never meet your heroes. I thought (just like you) that Kim was the coolest ever in the hippest band ever. If you want to keep thinking that, don't ever read this book. Read this one instead. If you're already set on reading it anyway or go...

    A very fast read and quite illuminating though not for the reasons one might expect. I was pretty dismayed at how Kim's elitism and namedropping goes hand in hand with her playing punk rock contests and speaking really harshly about other women. It's one thing to say Courtney Love is c...

    Kim Gordon's Girl in a Band offers interesting insights, especially on the formation of Sonic Youth, how the band approached songs and albums (what they had in mind while writing specific songs and what their studio sessions were like). Gordon also relates how the band identified itsel...

    Kim Gordon's life has certainly taken her to fascinating places. Growing up in the sixties, traveling, infiltrating the NYC art scene, Sonic Youth's formation and success, starting her own fashion line, producing others music and films, becoming an artist in her own right and all while...

  • Susan
    May 03, 2015

    Interesting and at times even moving, but mostly, there is a distance there and whether or not it's because there are places she doesn't want to go or doesn't care to take you, I'm not sure. There is something very unresolved about it as a memoir but again, that's ok - she's in the mid...

    I finally understand why they say you should never meet your heroes. I thought (just like you) that Kim was the coolest ever in the hippest band ever. If you want to keep thinking that, don't ever read this book. Read this one instead. If you're already set on reading it anyway or go...

    A very fast read and quite illuminating though not for the reasons one might expect. I was pretty dismayed at how Kim's elitism and namedropping goes hand in hand with her playing punk rock contests and speaking really harshly about other women. It's one thing to say Courtney Love is c...

    Kim Gordon's Girl in a Band offers interesting insights, especially on the formation of Sonic Youth, how the band approached songs and albums (what they had in mind while writing specific songs and what their studio sessions were like). Gordon also relates how the band identified itsel...

    Kim Gordon's life has certainly taken her to fascinating places. Growing up in the sixties, traveling, infiltrating the NYC art scene, Sonic Youth's formation and success, starting her own fashion line, producing others music and films, becoming an artist in her own right and all while...

    True to her stage persona Kim Gordon has the effortless cool detached rock thing happening, what you see is what you get. Kim is a hard nut to crack, you can see that she truly struggles to open up but when she does it?s worth the wait. She can be scathing, hard edged and cynical...

    I think its telling that after spending 270 pages with the author I don't really have a sense of her as an artist, musician, or a person. I know a lot more about her projects and things that happened to her, but at the end of the book she remains a cipher. For someone who has accomplis...

    This book gave me a different view not just on Kim Gordon herself, but also on women's rights and the role of visual arts post-1960s. I listened to the audio book, main reason being that she is reading it herself. It was my first audiobook, so I don?t have anything to compare it t...

    I was disappointed by this book for several reasons. Call them personal if you may. I didn't think it was healthy to vent so much about Thurston Moore's affairs; Kim actually sounded desperate for validation, and a book was not the place to do it, in my personal opinion. I agree with s...

    Maskenfreiheit: The Freedom Conferred by Masks "In general, though women aren't really allowed to be kick-ass. It's like the famous distinction between art and craft: Art and wilderness, and pushing against the edges, is a male thing. Craft and control, and polish, is for women....

    Last night I came across a journal I kept in late 1997 and early 1998, a journal I completely had forgotten about, but it seemed fitting to come across it now since reading this book has taken me back to around that period when I was listening to a lot of Sonic Youth. It was like being...

    Didn't like this quite as much as I thought I would. Some weird tone problems, too much name-dropping (as opposed to more in-depth reflection), some randomly dropped-in feminist sloganeering that felt artificial, and holy moly, some really questionable decisions about the framing of th...

    I'm hoping that this will turn out to be the biggest literary let-down of 2015, because I can't think what could be worse. You know how Gordon is famous for being icy, opaque, inscrutable? This memoir is.. icy, opaque and inscrutable. Page after page of naming art dealers, a statement ...

    i know I'm in the minority of most readers of Kim Gordon's "Girl in a Band," but I think the book would be a lot more interesting if she focused on her childhood and then the New York years. I liked her descriptions of Manhattan life in the late 70s and early 80's - and also the sectio...

    COULD NOT BE MORE EXCITED. - - - Edit: Ok, now I've read. I savored! This book was everything I hoped for and sometimes more and sometimes less. That it was just a little bit flawed makes it feel more intimate a portrayal. Kim Gordon is an icon of counter-culture. I looked...

    What I found most interesting about Girl in a Band was the way Kim Gordon?s experiences in the Manhattan art world of the 1980s affected her other creative pursuits, including music. There?s a lot of appropriation going on, and Kim speaks quite openly about the ways various songs, ...

    I can't believe I'm about to use this as the definitive word for a book by Kim Gordon, but, more than anything, Girl in a Band is... boring. I don't doubt that she wrote this book because she wanted to. I don't doubt that she wanted to tell her story, but Girl in a Band just skirts ...

    First things first: Having recently read a few memoirs of women in music, I can confirm I'm reliably mystified/enchanted by (Read: a sucker for) some of the reverse-Pygmalion-like conventions of these stories. Specifically, an influential countercultural musician who claims at the outs...

    Acho que estou apaixonada... pela Kim Gordon. Okay, é óbvio que já conheço os Sonic Youth há anos, é claro que sabia que ela e o Thurston tinham uma filha, mas tal como quase tudo na vida me passa ao lado, também as razões pelas quais se tinham separado passaram. E, caramba, qu...

    Having read several lukewarm reviews by fellow Sonic Youth fans, I was prepared to be underwhelmed by this book. I was not prepared for how amazing it was and how it's been haunting me since I finished it. I have long admired Kim for her toughness and her talent. Sonic Youth, pa...

    I loved Sonic Youth and saw them many times so I was really looking forward to this book. Then I read it. Once you discard all the pointless and insecure name dropping, there are two main points the author makes: 1. All her life she has lived in the shadow of men who have made it im...

  • Julie Ehlers
    Feb 19, 2015

    Interesting and at times even moving, but mostly, there is a distance there and whether or not it's because there are places she doesn't want to go or doesn't care to take you, I'm not sure. There is something very unresolved about it as a memoir but again, that's ok - she's in the mid...

    I finally understand why they say you should never meet your heroes. I thought (just like you) that Kim was the coolest ever in the hippest band ever. If you want to keep thinking that, don't ever read this book. Read this one instead. If you're already set on reading it anyway or go...

    A very fast read and quite illuminating though not for the reasons one might expect. I was pretty dismayed at how Kim's elitism and namedropping goes hand in hand with her playing punk rock contests and speaking really harshly about other women. It's one thing to say Courtney Love is c...

    Kim Gordon's Girl in a Band offers interesting insights, especially on the formation of Sonic Youth, how the band approached songs and albums (what they had in mind while writing specific songs and what their studio sessions were like). Gordon also relates how the band identified itsel...

    Kim Gordon's life has certainly taken her to fascinating places. Growing up in the sixties, traveling, infiltrating the NYC art scene, Sonic Youth's formation and success, starting her own fashion line, producing others music and films, becoming an artist in her own right and all while...

    True to her stage persona Kim Gordon has the effortless cool detached rock thing happening, what you see is what you get. Kim is a hard nut to crack, you can see that she truly struggles to open up but when she does it?s worth the wait. She can be scathing, hard edged and cynical...

    I think its telling that after spending 270 pages with the author I don't really have a sense of her as an artist, musician, or a person. I know a lot more about her projects and things that happened to her, but at the end of the book she remains a cipher. For someone who has accomplis...

    This book gave me a different view not just on Kim Gordon herself, but also on women's rights and the role of visual arts post-1960s. I listened to the audio book, main reason being that she is reading it herself. It was my first audiobook, so I don?t have anything to compare it t...

    I was disappointed by this book for several reasons. Call them personal if you may. I didn't think it was healthy to vent so much about Thurston Moore's affairs; Kim actually sounded desperate for validation, and a book was not the place to do it, in my personal opinion. I agree with s...

    Maskenfreiheit: The Freedom Conferred by Masks "In general, though women aren't really allowed to be kick-ass. It's like the famous distinction between art and craft: Art and wilderness, and pushing against the edges, is a male thing. Craft and control, and polish, is for women....

    Last night I came across a journal I kept in late 1997 and early 1998, a journal I completely had forgotten about, but it seemed fitting to come across it now since reading this book has taken me back to around that period when I was listening to a lot of Sonic Youth. It was like being...

    Didn't like this quite as much as I thought I would. Some weird tone problems, too much name-dropping (as opposed to more in-depth reflection), some randomly dropped-in feminist sloganeering that felt artificial, and holy moly, some really questionable decisions about the framing of th...

    I'm hoping that this will turn out to be the biggest literary let-down of 2015, because I can't think what could be worse. You know how Gordon is famous for being icy, opaque, inscrutable? This memoir is.. icy, opaque and inscrutable. Page after page of naming art dealers, a statement ...

    i know I'm in the minority of most readers of Kim Gordon's "Girl in a Band," but I think the book would be a lot more interesting if she focused on her childhood and then the New York years. I liked her descriptions of Manhattan life in the late 70s and early 80's - and also the sectio...

    COULD NOT BE MORE EXCITED. - - - Edit: Ok, now I've read. I savored! This book was everything I hoped for and sometimes more and sometimes less. That it was just a little bit flawed makes it feel more intimate a portrayal. Kim Gordon is an icon of counter-culture. I looked...

    What I found most interesting about Girl in a Band was the way Kim Gordon?s experiences in the Manhattan art world of the 1980s affected her other creative pursuits, including music. There?s a lot of appropriation going on, and Kim speaks quite openly about the ways various songs, ...

  • Jessica Silk
    Dec 12, 2014

    Interesting and at times even moving, but mostly, there is a distance there and whether or not it's because there are places she doesn't want to go or doesn't care to take you, I'm not sure. There is something very unresolved about it as a memoir but again, that's ok - she's in the mid...

    I finally understand why they say you should never meet your heroes. I thought (just like you) that Kim was the coolest ever in the hippest band ever. If you want to keep thinking that, don't ever read this book. Read this one instead. If you're already set on reading it anyway or go...

    A very fast read and quite illuminating though not for the reasons one might expect. I was pretty dismayed at how Kim's elitism and namedropping goes hand in hand with her playing punk rock contests and speaking really harshly about other women. It's one thing to say Courtney Love is c...

    Kim Gordon's Girl in a Band offers interesting insights, especially on the formation of Sonic Youth, how the band approached songs and albums (what they had in mind while writing specific songs and what their studio sessions were like). Gordon also relates how the band identified itsel...

    Kim Gordon's life has certainly taken her to fascinating places. Growing up in the sixties, traveling, infiltrating the NYC art scene, Sonic Youth's formation and success, starting her own fashion line, producing others music and films, becoming an artist in her own right and all while...

    True to her stage persona Kim Gordon has the effortless cool detached rock thing happening, what you see is what you get. Kim is a hard nut to crack, you can see that she truly struggles to open up but when she does it?s worth the wait. She can be scathing, hard edged and cynical...

    I think its telling that after spending 270 pages with the author I don't really have a sense of her as an artist, musician, or a person. I know a lot more about her projects and things that happened to her, but at the end of the book she remains a cipher. For someone who has accomplis...

    This book gave me a different view not just on Kim Gordon herself, but also on women's rights and the role of visual arts post-1960s. I listened to the audio book, main reason being that she is reading it herself. It was my first audiobook, so I don?t have anything to compare it t...

    I was disappointed by this book for several reasons. Call them personal if you may. I didn't think it was healthy to vent so much about Thurston Moore's affairs; Kim actually sounded desperate for validation, and a book was not the place to do it, in my personal opinion. I agree with s...

    Maskenfreiheit: The Freedom Conferred by Masks "In general, though women aren't really allowed to be kick-ass. It's like the famous distinction between art and craft: Art and wilderness, and pushing against the edges, is a male thing. Craft and control, and polish, is for women....

    Last night I came across a journal I kept in late 1997 and early 1998, a journal I completely had forgotten about, but it seemed fitting to come across it now since reading this book has taken me back to around that period when I was listening to a lot of Sonic Youth. It was like being...

    Didn't like this quite as much as I thought I would. Some weird tone problems, too much name-dropping (as opposed to more in-depth reflection), some randomly dropped-in feminist sloganeering that felt artificial, and holy moly, some really questionable decisions about the framing of th...

    I'm hoping that this will turn out to be the biggest literary let-down of 2015, because I can't think what could be worse. You know how Gordon is famous for being icy, opaque, inscrutable? This memoir is.. icy, opaque and inscrutable. Page after page of naming art dealers, a statement ...

    i know I'm in the minority of most readers of Kim Gordon's "Girl in a Band," but I think the book would be a lot more interesting if she focused on her childhood and then the New York years. I liked her descriptions of Manhattan life in the late 70s and early 80's - and also the sectio...

    COULD NOT BE MORE EXCITED. - - - Edit: Ok, now I've read. I savored! This book was everything I hoped for and sometimes more and sometimes less. That it was just a little bit flawed makes it feel more intimate a portrayal. Kim Gordon is an icon of counter-culture. I looked...

    What I found most interesting about Girl in a Band was the way Kim Gordon?s experiences in the Manhattan art world of the 1980s affected her other creative pursuits, including music. There?s a lot of appropriation going on, and Kim speaks quite openly about the ways various songs, ...

    I can't believe I'm about to use this as the definitive word for a book by Kim Gordon, but, more than anything, Girl in a Band is... boring. I don't doubt that she wrote this book because she wanted to. I don't doubt that she wanted to tell her story, but Girl in a Band just skirts ...

    First things first: Having recently read a few memoirs of women in music, I can confirm I'm reliably mystified/enchanted by (Read: a sucker for) some of the reverse-Pygmalion-like conventions of these stories. Specifically, an influential countercultural musician who claims at the outs...

    Acho que estou apaixonada... pela Kim Gordon. Okay, é óbvio que já conheço os Sonic Youth há anos, é claro que sabia que ela e o Thurston tinham uma filha, mas tal como quase tudo na vida me passa ao lado, também as razões pelas quais se tinham separado passaram. E, caramba, qu...

    Having read several lukewarm reviews by fellow Sonic Youth fans, I was prepared to be underwhelmed by this book. I was not prepared for how amazing it was and how it's been haunting me since I finished it. I have long admired Kim for her toughness and her talent. Sonic Youth, pa...

    I loved Sonic Youth and saw them many times so I was really looking forward to this book. Then I read it. Once you discard all the pointless and insecure name dropping, there are two main points the author makes: 1. All her life she has lived in the shadow of men who have made it im...

    This was a really entertaining rock memoir - the short chapters, the photographs, and the anecdotes within all built up to educate me on Kim Gordon, one of the founding members of Sonic Youth, providing me with a lot of things I had never known about her before. In under 300 pages, ...

    I couldn't even make it to the good stuff. I was so utterly bored by one of the most fascinating lives ever lived. Kim needed a better editor. I bet the audio book would be worthwhile. Book is just name droppy boring writing. Really had higher expectations for this. ...

    Sonic Youth is great and Kim Gordon was an indispensable part of the band; it wouldn't have been successful without her, and that's something you'd rarely say about a bass player. However, I should have left it at that. I don't usually indulge in artist/author/musician biographies, bec...

    So hard to say what I feel about this book. It's full of a lot of pain, as Kim clearly and heartily states her case and shows her wounds over her split with Thurston Moore. But outside of that, there is an odd blankness, a cool recounting of a sequence of events. It reminded me a littl...

    ?? ?????? ????? ???????????? ???? die-hard fans ??? Sonic Youth. ?? ?????? ?? ?????????? (myself included) ?????? ????? ??? ???????? ?? ??????, ??? ??????? ???? ??? ?????? ???...

    There are a lot of things I really loved about this memoir. I appreciated her starting with her break-up because it felt vulnerable to start from a dark place. I admire that--as a woman--she is speaking her truth about her break-up and isn't trying to play the whole "I'm perfectly fine...

  • Sofia Teixeira
    Jul 03, 2016

    Interesting and at times even moving, but mostly, there is a distance there and whether or not it's because there are places she doesn't want to go or doesn't care to take you, I'm not sure. There is something very unresolved about it as a memoir but again, that's ok - she's in the mid...

    I finally understand why they say you should never meet your heroes. I thought (just like you) that Kim was the coolest ever in the hippest band ever. If you want to keep thinking that, don't ever read this book. Read this one instead. If you're already set on reading it anyway or go...

    A very fast read and quite illuminating though not for the reasons one might expect. I was pretty dismayed at how Kim's elitism and namedropping goes hand in hand with her playing punk rock contests and speaking really harshly about other women. It's one thing to say Courtney Love is c...

    Kim Gordon's Girl in a Band offers interesting insights, especially on the formation of Sonic Youth, how the band approached songs and albums (what they had in mind while writing specific songs and what their studio sessions were like). Gordon also relates how the band identified itsel...

    Kim Gordon's life has certainly taken her to fascinating places. Growing up in the sixties, traveling, infiltrating the NYC art scene, Sonic Youth's formation and success, starting her own fashion line, producing others music and films, becoming an artist in her own right and all while...

    True to her stage persona Kim Gordon has the effortless cool detached rock thing happening, what you see is what you get. Kim is a hard nut to crack, you can see that she truly struggles to open up but when she does it?s worth the wait. She can be scathing, hard edged and cynical...

    I think its telling that after spending 270 pages with the author I don't really have a sense of her as an artist, musician, or a person. I know a lot more about her projects and things that happened to her, but at the end of the book she remains a cipher. For someone who has accomplis...

    This book gave me a different view not just on Kim Gordon herself, but also on women's rights and the role of visual arts post-1960s. I listened to the audio book, main reason being that she is reading it herself. It was my first audiobook, so I don?t have anything to compare it t...

    I was disappointed by this book for several reasons. Call them personal if you may. I didn't think it was healthy to vent so much about Thurston Moore's affairs; Kim actually sounded desperate for validation, and a book was not the place to do it, in my personal opinion. I agree with s...

    Maskenfreiheit: The Freedom Conferred by Masks "In general, though women aren't really allowed to be kick-ass. It's like the famous distinction between art and craft: Art and wilderness, and pushing against the edges, is a male thing. Craft and control, and polish, is for women....

    Last night I came across a journal I kept in late 1997 and early 1998, a journal I completely had forgotten about, but it seemed fitting to come across it now since reading this book has taken me back to around that period when I was listening to a lot of Sonic Youth. It was like being...

    Didn't like this quite as much as I thought I would. Some weird tone problems, too much name-dropping (as opposed to more in-depth reflection), some randomly dropped-in feminist sloganeering that felt artificial, and holy moly, some really questionable decisions about the framing of th...

    I'm hoping that this will turn out to be the biggest literary let-down of 2015, because I can't think what could be worse. You know how Gordon is famous for being icy, opaque, inscrutable? This memoir is.. icy, opaque and inscrutable. Page after page of naming art dealers, a statement ...

    i know I'm in the minority of most readers of Kim Gordon's "Girl in a Band," but I think the book would be a lot more interesting if she focused on her childhood and then the New York years. I liked her descriptions of Manhattan life in the late 70s and early 80's - and also the sectio...

    COULD NOT BE MORE EXCITED. - - - Edit: Ok, now I've read. I savored! This book was everything I hoped for and sometimes more and sometimes less. That it was just a little bit flawed makes it feel more intimate a portrayal. Kim Gordon is an icon of counter-culture. I looked...

    What I found most interesting about Girl in a Band was the way Kim Gordon?s experiences in the Manhattan art world of the 1980s affected her other creative pursuits, including music. There?s a lot of appropriation going on, and Kim speaks quite openly about the ways various songs, ...

    I can't believe I'm about to use this as the definitive word for a book by Kim Gordon, but, more than anything, Girl in a Band is... boring. I don't doubt that she wrote this book because she wanted to. I don't doubt that she wanted to tell her story, but Girl in a Band just skirts ...

    First things first: Having recently read a few memoirs of women in music, I can confirm I'm reliably mystified/enchanted by (Read: a sucker for) some of the reverse-Pygmalion-like conventions of these stories. Specifically, an influential countercultural musician who claims at the outs...

    Acho que estou apaixonada... pela Kim Gordon. Okay, é óbvio que já conheço os Sonic Youth há anos, é claro que sabia que ela e o Thurston tinham uma filha, mas tal como quase tudo na vida me passa ao lado, também as razões pelas quais se tinham separado passaram. E, caramba, qu...

  • J.L.   Sutton
    Mar 30, 2018

    Interesting and at times even moving, but mostly, there is a distance there and whether or not it's because there are places she doesn't want to go or doesn't care to take you, I'm not sure. There is something very unresolved about it as a memoir but again, that's ok - she's in the mid...

    I finally understand why they say you should never meet your heroes. I thought (just like you) that Kim was the coolest ever in the hippest band ever. If you want to keep thinking that, don't ever read this book. Read this one instead. If you're already set on reading it anyway or go...

    A very fast read and quite illuminating though not for the reasons one might expect. I was pretty dismayed at how Kim's elitism and namedropping goes hand in hand with her playing punk rock contests and speaking really harshly about other women. It's one thing to say Courtney Love is c...

    Kim Gordon's Girl in a Band offers interesting insights, especially on the formation of Sonic Youth, how the band approached songs and albums (what they had in mind while writing specific songs and what their studio sessions were like). Gordon also relates how the band identified itsel...

  • Michelle
    Feb 23, 2015

    Interesting and at times even moving, but mostly, there is a distance there and whether or not it's because there are places she doesn't want to go or doesn't care to take you, I'm not sure. There is something very unresolved about it as a memoir but again, that's ok - she's in the mid...

    I finally understand why they say you should never meet your heroes. I thought (just like you) that Kim was the coolest ever in the hippest band ever. If you want to keep thinking that, don't ever read this book. Read this one instead. If you're already set on reading it anyway or go...

    A very fast read and quite illuminating though not for the reasons one might expect. I was pretty dismayed at how Kim's elitism and namedropping goes hand in hand with her playing punk rock contests and speaking really harshly about other women. It's one thing to say Courtney Love is c...

    Kim Gordon's Girl in a Band offers interesting insights, especially on the formation of Sonic Youth, how the band approached songs and albums (what they had in mind while writing specific songs and what their studio sessions were like). Gordon also relates how the band identified itsel...

    Kim Gordon's life has certainly taken her to fascinating places. Growing up in the sixties, traveling, infiltrating the NYC art scene, Sonic Youth's formation and success, starting her own fashion line, producing others music and films, becoming an artist in her own right and all while...

    True to her stage persona Kim Gordon has the effortless cool detached rock thing happening, what you see is what you get. Kim is a hard nut to crack, you can see that she truly struggles to open up but when she does it?s worth the wait. She can be scathing, hard edged and cynical...

    I think its telling that after spending 270 pages with the author I don't really have a sense of her as an artist, musician, or a person. I know a lot more about her projects and things that happened to her, but at the end of the book she remains a cipher. For someone who has accomplis...

    This book gave me a different view not just on Kim Gordon herself, but also on women's rights and the role of visual arts post-1960s. I listened to the audio book, main reason being that she is reading it herself. It was my first audiobook, so I don?t have anything to compare it t...

    I was disappointed by this book for several reasons. Call them personal if you may. I didn't think it was healthy to vent so much about Thurston Moore's affairs; Kim actually sounded desperate for validation, and a book was not the place to do it, in my personal opinion. I agree with s...

    Maskenfreiheit: The Freedom Conferred by Masks "In general, though women aren't really allowed to be kick-ass. It's like the famous distinction between art and craft: Art and wilderness, and pushing against the edges, is a male thing. Craft and control, and polish, is for women....

    Last night I came across a journal I kept in late 1997 and early 1998, a journal I completely had forgotten about, but it seemed fitting to come across it now since reading this book has taken me back to around that period when I was listening to a lot of Sonic Youth. It was like being...

    Didn't like this quite as much as I thought I would. Some weird tone problems, too much name-dropping (as opposed to more in-depth reflection), some randomly dropped-in feminist sloganeering that felt artificial, and holy moly, some really questionable decisions about the framing of th...

  • Jayne Lamb
    Feb 18, 2015

    Interesting and at times even moving, but mostly, there is a distance there and whether or not it's because there are places she doesn't want to go or doesn't care to take you, I'm not sure. There is something very unresolved about it as a memoir but again, that's ok - she's in the mid...

    I finally understand why they say you should never meet your heroes. I thought (just like you) that Kim was the coolest ever in the hippest band ever. If you want to keep thinking that, don't ever read this book. Read this one instead. If you're already set on reading it anyway or go...

    A very fast read and quite illuminating though not for the reasons one might expect. I was pretty dismayed at how Kim's elitism and namedropping goes hand in hand with her playing punk rock contests and speaking really harshly about other women. It's one thing to say Courtney Love is c...

    Kim Gordon's Girl in a Band offers interesting insights, especially on the formation of Sonic Youth, how the band approached songs and albums (what they had in mind while writing specific songs and what their studio sessions were like). Gordon also relates how the band identified itsel...

    Kim Gordon's life has certainly taken her to fascinating places. Growing up in the sixties, traveling, infiltrating the NYC art scene, Sonic Youth's formation and success, starting her own fashion line, producing others music and films, becoming an artist in her own right and all while...

    True to her stage persona Kim Gordon has the effortless cool detached rock thing happening, what you see is what you get. Kim is a hard nut to crack, you can see that she truly struggles to open up but when she does it?s worth the wait. She can be scathing, hard edged and cynical...

    I think its telling that after spending 270 pages with the author I don't really have a sense of her as an artist, musician, or a person. I know a lot more about her projects and things that happened to her, but at the end of the book she remains a cipher. For someone who has accomplis...

    This book gave me a different view not just on Kim Gordon herself, but also on women's rights and the role of visual arts post-1960s. I listened to the audio book, main reason being that she is reading it herself. It was my first audiobook, so I don?t have anything to compare it t...

    I was disappointed by this book for several reasons. Call them personal if you may. I didn't think it was healthy to vent so much about Thurston Moore's affairs; Kim actually sounded desperate for validation, and a book was not the place to do it, in my personal opinion. I agree with s...

    Maskenfreiheit: The Freedom Conferred by Masks "In general, though women aren't really allowed to be kick-ass. It's like the famous distinction between art and craft: Art and wilderness, and pushing against the edges, is a male thing. Craft and control, and polish, is for women....

    Last night I came across a journal I kept in late 1997 and early 1998, a journal I completely had forgotten about, but it seemed fitting to come across it now since reading this book has taken me back to around that period when I was listening to a lot of Sonic Youth. It was like being...

    Didn't like this quite as much as I thought I would. Some weird tone problems, too much name-dropping (as opposed to more in-depth reflection), some randomly dropped-in feminist sloganeering that felt artificial, and holy moly, some really questionable decisions about the framing of th...

    I'm hoping that this will turn out to be the biggest literary let-down of 2015, because I can't think what could be worse. You know how Gordon is famous for being icy, opaque, inscrutable? This memoir is.. icy, opaque and inscrutable. Page after page of naming art dealers, a statement ...

  • Ettore Pasquini
    Jan 10, 2015

    Interesting and at times even moving, but mostly, there is a distance there and whether or not it's because there are places she doesn't want to go or doesn't care to take you, I'm not sure. There is something very unresolved about it as a memoir but again, that's ok - she's in the mid...

    I finally understand why they say you should never meet your heroes. I thought (just like you) that Kim was the coolest ever in the hippest band ever. If you want to keep thinking that, don't ever read this book. Read this one instead. If you're already set on reading it anyway or go...

    A very fast read and quite illuminating though not for the reasons one might expect. I was pretty dismayed at how Kim's elitism and namedropping goes hand in hand with her playing punk rock contests and speaking really harshly about other women. It's one thing to say Courtney Love is c...

    Kim Gordon's Girl in a Band offers interesting insights, especially on the formation of Sonic Youth, how the band approached songs and albums (what they had in mind while writing specific songs and what their studio sessions were like). Gordon also relates how the band identified itsel...

    Kim Gordon's life has certainly taken her to fascinating places. Growing up in the sixties, traveling, infiltrating the NYC art scene, Sonic Youth's formation and success, starting her own fashion line, producing others music and films, becoming an artist in her own right and all while...

    True to her stage persona Kim Gordon has the effortless cool detached rock thing happening, what you see is what you get. Kim is a hard nut to crack, you can see that she truly struggles to open up but when she does it?s worth the wait. She can be scathing, hard edged and cynical...

    I think its telling that after spending 270 pages with the author I don't really have a sense of her as an artist, musician, or a person. I know a lot more about her projects and things that happened to her, but at the end of the book she remains a cipher. For someone who has accomplis...

    This book gave me a different view not just on Kim Gordon herself, but also on women's rights and the role of visual arts post-1960s. I listened to the audio book, main reason being that she is reading it herself. It was my first audiobook, so I don?t have anything to compare it t...

  • Vanessa
    Mar 07, 2015

    Interesting and at times even moving, but mostly, there is a distance there and whether or not it's because there are places she doesn't want to go or doesn't care to take you, I'm not sure. There is something very unresolved about it as a memoir but again, that's ok - she's in the mid...

    I finally understand why they say you should never meet your heroes. I thought (just like you) that Kim was the coolest ever in the hippest band ever. If you want to keep thinking that, don't ever read this book. Read this one instead. If you're already set on reading it anyway or go...

    A very fast read and quite illuminating though not for the reasons one might expect. I was pretty dismayed at how Kim's elitism and namedropping goes hand in hand with her playing punk rock contests and speaking really harshly about other women. It's one thing to say Courtney Love is c...

    Kim Gordon's Girl in a Band offers interesting insights, especially on the formation of Sonic Youth, how the band approached songs and albums (what they had in mind while writing specific songs and what their studio sessions were like). Gordon also relates how the band identified itsel...

    Kim Gordon's life has certainly taken her to fascinating places. Growing up in the sixties, traveling, infiltrating the NYC art scene, Sonic Youth's formation and success, starting her own fashion line, producing others music and films, becoming an artist in her own right and all while...

    True to her stage persona Kim Gordon has the effortless cool detached rock thing happening, what you see is what you get. Kim is a hard nut to crack, you can see that she truly struggles to open up but when she does it?s worth the wait. She can be scathing, hard edged and cynical...

    I think its telling that after spending 270 pages with the author I don't really have a sense of her as an artist, musician, or a person. I know a lot more about her projects and things that happened to her, but at the end of the book she remains a cipher. For someone who has accomplis...

    This book gave me a different view not just on Kim Gordon herself, but also on women's rights and the role of visual arts post-1960s. I listened to the audio book, main reason being that she is reading it herself. It was my first audiobook, so I don?t have anything to compare it t...

    I was disappointed by this book for several reasons. Call them personal if you may. I didn't think it was healthy to vent so much about Thurston Moore's affairs; Kim actually sounded desperate for validation, and a book was not the place to do it, in my personal opinion. I agree with s...

    Maskenfreiheit: The Freedom Conferred by Masks "In general, though women aren't really allowed to be kick-ass. It's like the famous distinction between art and craft: Art and wilderness, and pushing against the edges, is a male thing. Craft and control, and polish, is for women....

    Last night I came across a journal I kept in late 1997 and early 1998, a journal I completely had forgotten about, but it seemed fitting to come across it now since reading this book has taken me back to around that period when I was listening to a lot of Sonic Youth. It was like being...

    Didn't like this quite as much as I thought I would. Some weird tone problems, too much name-dropping (as opposed to more in-depth reflection), some randomly dropped-in feminist sloganeering that felt artificial, and holy moly, some really questionable decisions about the framing of th...

    I'm hoping that this will turn out to be the biggest literary let-down of 2015, because I can't think what could be worse. You know how Gordon is famous for being icy, opaque, inscrutable? This memoir is.. icy, opaque and inscrutable. Page after page of naming art dealers, a statement ...

    i know I'm in the minority of most readers of Kim Gordon's "Girl in a Band," but I think the book would be a lot more interesting if she focused on her childhood and then the New York years. I liked her descriptions of Manhattan life in the late 70s and early 80's - and also the sectio...

    COULD NOT BE MORE EXCITED. - - - Edit: Ok, now I've read. I savored! This book was everything I hoped for and sometimes more and sometimes less. That it was just a little bit flawed makes it feel more intimate a portrayal. Kim Gordon is an icon of counter-culture. I looked...

    What I found most interesting about Girl in a Band was the way Kim Gordon?s experiences in the Manhattan art world of the 1980s affected her other creative pursuits, including music. There?s a lot of appropriation going on, and Kim speaks quite openly about the ways various songs, ...

    I can't believe I'm about to use this as the definitive word for a book by Kim Gordon, but, more than anything, Girl in a Band is... boring. I don't doubt that she wrote this book because she wanted to. I don't doubt that she wanted to tell her story, but Girl in a Band just skirts ...

    First things first: Having recently read a few memoirs of women in music, I can confirm I'm reliably mystified/enchanted by (Read: a sucker for) some of the reverse-Pygmalion-like conventions of these stories. Specifically, an influential countercultural musician who claims at the outs...

    Acho que estou apaixonada... pela Kim Gordon. Okay, é óbvio que já conheço os Sonic Youth há anos, é claro que sabia que ela e o Thurston tinham uma filha, mas tal como quase tudo na vida me passa ao lado, também as razões pelas quais se tinham separado passaram. E, caramba, qu...

    Having read several lukewarm reviews by fellow Sonic Youth fans, I was prepared to be underwhelmed by this book. I was not prepared for how amazing it was and how it's been haunting me since I finished it. I have long admired Kim for her toughness and her talent. Sonic Youth, pa...

    I loved Sonic Youth and saw them many times so I was really looking forward to this book. Then I read it. Once you discard all the pointless and insecure name dropping, there are two main points the author makes: 1. All her life she has lived in the shadow of men who have made it im...

    This was a really entertaining rock memoir - the short chapters, the photographs, and the anecdotes within all built up to educate me on Kim Gordon, one of the founding members of Sonic Youth, providing me with a lot of things I had never known about her before. In under 300 pages, ...

  • Sgossard
    Feb 22, 2015

    Interesting and at times even moving, but mostly, there is a distance there and whether or not it's because there are places she doesn't want to go or doesn't care to take you, I'm not sure. There is something very unresolved about it as a memoir but again, that's ok - she's in the mid...

    I finally understand why they say you should never meet your heroes. I thought (just like you) that Kim was the coolest ever in the hippest band ever. If you want to keep thinking that, don't ever read this book. Read this one instead. If you're already set on reading it anyway or go...

  • Christopher
    Mar 12, 2015

    Interesting and at times even moving, but mostly, there is a distance there and whether or not it's because there are places she doesn't want to go or doesn't care to take you, I'm not sure. There is something very unresolved about it as a memoir but again, that's ok - she's in the mid...

    I finally understand why they say you should never meet your heroes. I thought (just like you) that Kim was the coolest ever in the hippest band ever. If you want to keep thinking that, don't ever read this book. Read this one instead. If you're already set on reading it anyway or go...

    A very fast read and quite illuminating though not for the reasons one might expect. I was pretty dismayed at how Kim's elitism and namedropping goes hand in hand with her playing punk rock contests and speaking really harshly about other women. It's one thing to say Courtney Love is c...

    Kim Gordon's Girl in a Band offers interesting insights, especially on the formation of Sonic Youth, how the band approached songs and albums (what they had in mind while writing specific songs and what their studio sessions were like). Gordon also relates how the band identified itsel...

    Kim Gordon's life has certainly taken her to fascinating places. Growing up in the sixties, traveling, infiltrating the NYC art scene, Sonic Youth's formation and success, starting her own fashion line, producing others music and films, becoming an artist in her own right and all while...

    True to her stage persona Kim Gordon has the effortless cool detached rock thing happening, what you see is what you get. Kim is a hard nut to crack, you can see that she truly struggles to open up but when she does it?s worth the wait. She can be scathing, hard edged and cynical...

    I think its telling that after spending 270 pages with the author I don't really have a sense of her as an artist, musician, or a person. I know a lot more about her projects and things that happened to her, but at the end of the book she remains a cipher. For someone who has accomplis...

    This book gave me a different view not just on Kim Gordon herself, but also on women's rights and the role of visual arts post-1960s. I listened to the audio book, main reason being that she is reading it herself. It was my first audiobook, so I don?t have anything to compare it t...

    I was disappointed by this book for several reasons. Call them personal if you may. I didn't think it was healthy to vent so much about Thurston Moore's affairs; Kim actually sounded desperate for validation, and a book was not the place to do it, in my personal opinion. I agree with s...

    Maskenfreiheit: The Freedom Conferred by Masks "In general, though women aren't really allowed to be kick-ass. It's like the famous distinction between art and craft: Art and wilderness, and pushing against the edges, is a male thing. Craft and control, and polish, is for women....

    Last night I came across a journal I kept in late 1997 and early 1998, a journal I completely had forgotten about, but it seemed fitting to come across it now since reading this book has taken me back to around that period when I was listening to a lot of Sonic Youth. It was like being...

    Didn't like this quite as much as I thought I would. Some weird tone problems, too much name-dropping (as opposed to more in-depth reflection), some randomly dropped-in feminist sloganeering that felt artificial, and holy moly, some really questionable decisions about the framing of th...

    I'm hoping that this will turn out to be the biggest literary let-down of 2015, because I can't think what could be worse. You know how Gordon is famous for being icy, opaque, inscrutable? This memoir is.. icy, opaque and inscrutable. Page after page of naming art dealers, a statement ...

    i know I'm in the minority of most readers of Kim Gordon's "Girl in a Band," but I think the book would be a lot more interesting if she focused on her childhood and then the New York years. I liked her descriptions of Manhattan life in the late 70s and early 80's - and also the sectio...

    COULD NOT BE MORE EXCITED. - - - Edit: Ok, now I've read. I savored! This book was everything I hoped for and sometimes more and sometimes less. That it was just a little bit flawed makes it feel more intimate a portrayal. Kim Gordon is an icon of counter-culture. I looked...

    What I found most interesting about Girl in a Band was the way Kim Gordon?s experiences in the Manhattan art world of the 1980s affected her other creative pursuits, including music. There?s a lot of appropriation going on, and Kim speaks quite openly about the ways various songs, ...

    I can't believe I'm about to use this as the definitive word for a book by Kim Gordon, but, more than anything, Girl in a Band is... boring. I don't doubt that she wrote this book because she wanted to. I don't doubt that she wanted to tell her story, but Girl in a Band just skirts ...

    First things first: Having recently read a few memoirs of women in music, I can confirm I'm reliably mystified/enchanted by (Read: a sucker for) some of the reverse-Pygmalion-like conventions of these stories. Specifically, an influential countercultural musician who claims at the outs...

    Acho que estou apaixonada... pela Kim Gordon. Okay, é óbvio que já conheço os Sonic Youth há anos, é claro que sabia que ela e o Thurston tinham uma filha, mas tal como quase tudo na vida me passa ao lado, também as razões pelas quais se tinham separado passaram. E, caramba, qu...

    Having read several lukewarm reviews by fellow Sonic Youth fans, I was prepared to be underwhelmed by this book. I was not prepared for how amazing it was and how it's been haunting me since I finished it. I have long admired Kim for her toughness and her talent. Sonic Youth, pa...

    I loved Sonic Youth and saw them many times so I was really looking forward to this book. Then I read it. Once you discard all the pointless and insecure name dropping, there are two main points the author makes: 1. All her life she has lived in the shadow of men who have made it im...

    This was a really entertaining rock memoir - the short chapters, the photographs, and the anecdotes within all built up to educate me on Kim Gordon, one of the founding members of Sonic Youth, providing me with a lot of things I had never known about her before. In under 300 pages, ...

    I couldn't even make it to the good stuff. I was so utterly bored by one of the most fascinating lives ever lived. Kim needed a better editor. I bet the audio book would be worthwhile. Book is just name droppy boring writing. Really had higher expectations for this. ...

    Sonic Youth is great and Kim Gordon was an indispensable part of the band; it wouldn't have been successful without her, and that's something you'd rarely say about a bass player. However, I should have left it at that. I don't usually indulge in artist/author/musician biographies, bec...

  • Edmole
    Jan 19, 2016

    Interesting and at times even moving, but mostly, there is a distance there and whether or not it's because there are places she doesn't want to go or doesn't care to take you, I'm not sure. There is something very unresolved about it as a memoir but again, that's ok - she's in the mid...

    I finally understand why they say you should never meet your heroes. I thought (just like you) that Kim was the coolest ever in the hippest band ever. If you want to keep thinking that, don't ever read this book. Read this one instead. If you're already set on reading it anyway or go...

    A very fast read and quite illuminating though not for the reasons one might expect. I was pretty dismayed at how Kim's elitism and namedropping goes hand in hand with her playing punk rock contests and speaking really harshly about other women. It's one thing to say Courtney Love is c...

    Kim Gordon's Girl in a Band offers interesting insights, especially on the formation of Sonic Youth, how the band approached songs and albums (what they had in mind while writing specific songs and what their studio sessions were like). Gordon also relates how the band identified itsel...

    Kim Gordon's life has certainly taken her to fascinating places. Growing up in the sixties, traveling, infiltrating the NYC art scene, Sonic Youth's formation and success, starting her own fashion line, producing others music and films, becoming an artist in her own right and all while...

    True to her stage persona Kim Gordon has the effortless cool detached rock thing happening, what you see is what you get. Kim is a hard nut to crack, you can see that she truly struggles to open up but when she does it?s worth the wait. She can be scathing, hard edged and cynical...

    I think its telling that after spending 270 pages with the author I don't really have a sense of her as an artist, musician, or a person. I know a lot more about her projects and things that happened to her, but at the end of the book she remains a cipher. For someone who has accomplis...

    This book gave me a different view not just on Kim Gordon herself, but also on women's rights and the role of visual arts post-1960s. I listened to the audio book, main reason being that she is reading it herself. It was my first audiobook, so I don?t have anything to compare it t...

    I was disappointed by this book for several reasons. Call them personal if you may. I didn't think it was healthy to vent so much about Thurston Moore's affairs; Kim actually sounded desperate for validation, and a book was not the place to do it, in my personal opinion. I agree with s...

    Maskenfreiheit: The Freedom Conferred by Masks "In general, though women aren't really allowed to be kick-ass. It's like the famous distinction between art and craft: Art and wilderness, and pushing against the edges, is a male thing. Craft and control, and polish, is for women....

    Last night I came across a journal I kept in late 1997 and early 1998, a journal I completely had forgotten about, but it seemed fitting to come across it now since reading this book has taken me back to around that period when I was listening to a lot of Sonic Youth. It was like being...

    Didn't like this quite as much as I thought I would. Some weird tone problems, too much name-dropping (as opposed to more in-depth reflection), some randomly dropped-in feminist sloganeering that felt artificial, and holy moly, some really questionable decisions about the framing of th...

    I'm hoping that this will turn out to be the biggest literary let-down of 2015, because I can't think what could be worse. You know how Gordon is famous for being icy, opaque, inscrutable? This memoir is.. icy, opaque and inscrutable. Page after page of naming art dealers, a statement ...

    i know I'm in the minority of most readers of Kim Gordon's "Girl in a Band," but I think the book would be a lot more interesting if she focused on her childhood and then the New York years. I liked her descriptions of Manhattan life in the late 70s and early 80's - and also the sectio...

    COULD NOT BE MORE EXCITED. - - - Edit: Ok, now I've read. I savored! This book was everything I hoped for and sometimes more and sometimes less. That it was just a little bit flawed makes it feel more intimate a portrayal. Kim Gordon is an icon of counter-culture. I looked...

    What I found most interesting about Girl in a Band was the way Kim Gordon?s experiences in the Manhattan art world of the 1980s affected her other creative pursuits, including music. There?s a lot of appropriation going on, and Kim speaks quite openly about the ways various songs, ...

    I can't believe I'm about to use this as the definitive word for a book by Kim Gordon, but, more than anything, Girl in a Band is... boring. I don't doubt that she wrote this book because she wanted to. I don't doubt that she wanted to tell her story, but Girl in a Band just skirts ...

    First things first: Having recently read a few memoirs of women in music, I can confirm I'm reliably mystified/enchanted by (Read: a sucker for) some of the reverse-Pygmalion-like conventions of these stories. Specifically, an influential countercultural musician who claims at the outs...

    Acho que estou apaixonada... pela Kim Gordon. Okay, é óbvio que já conheço os Sonic Youth há anos, é claro que sabia que ela e o Thurston tinham uma filha, mas tal como quase tudo na vida me passa ao lado, também as razões pelas quais se tinham separado passaram. E, caramba, qu...

    Having read several lukewarm reviews by fellow Sonic Youth fans, I was prepared to be underwhelmed by this book. I was not prepared for how amazing it was and how it's been haunting me since I finished it. I have long admired Kim for her toughness and her talent. Sonic Youth, pa...

    I loved Sonic Youth and saw them many times so I was really looking forward to this book. Then I read it. Once you discard all the pointless and insecure name dropping, there are two main points the author makes: 1. All her life she has lived in the shadow of men who have made it im...

    This was a really entertaining rock memoir - the short chapters, the photographs, and the anecdotes within all built up to educate me on Kim Gordon, one of the founding members of Sonic Youth, providing me with a lot of things I had never known about her before. In under 300 pages, ...

    I couldn't even make it to the good stuff. I was so utterly bored by one of the most fascinating lives ever lived. Kim needed a better editor. I bet the audio book would be worthwhile. Book is just name droppy boring writing. Really had higher expectations for this. ...

    Sonic Youth is great and Kim Gordon was an indispensable part of the band; it wouldn't have been successful without her, and that's something you'd rarely say about a bass player. However, I should have left it at that. I don't usually indulge in artist/author/musician biographies, bec...

    So hard to say what I feel about this book. It's full of a lot of pain, as Kim clearly and heartily states her case and shows her wounds over her split with Thurston Moore. But outside of that, there is an odd blankness, a cool recounting of a sequence of events. It reminded me a littl...

  • Anhelo
    Mar 24, 2015

    Interesting and at times even moving, but mostly, there is a distance there and whether or not it's because there are places she doesn't want to go or doesn't care to take you, I'm not sure. There is something very unresolved about it as a memoir but again, that's ok - she's in the mid...

    I finally understand why they say you should never meet your heroes. I thought (just like you) that Kim was the coolest ever in the hippest band ever. If you want to keep thinking that, don't ever read this book. Read this one instead. If you're already set on reading it anyway or go...

    A very fast read and quite illuminating though not for the reasons one might expect. I was pretty dismayed at how Kim's elitism and namedropping goes hand in hand with her playing punk rock contests and speaking really harshly about other women. It's one thing to say Courtney Love is c...

    Kim Gordon's Girl in a Band offers interesting insights, especially on the formation of Sonic Youth, how the band approached songs and albums (what they had in mind while writing specific songs and what their studio sessions were like). Gordon also relates how the band identified itsel...

    Kim Gordon's life has certainly taken her to fascinating places. Growing up in the sixties, traveling, infiltrating the NYC art scene, Sonic Youth's formation and success, starting her own fashion line, producing others music and films, becoming an artist in her own right and all while...

    True to her stage persona Kim Gordon has the effortless cool detached rock thing happening, what you see is what you get. Kim is a hard nut to crack, you can see that she truly struggles to open up but when she does it?s worth the wait. She can be scathing, hard edged and cynical...

    I think its telling that after spending 270 pages with the author I don't really have a sense of her as an artist, musician, or a person. I know a lot more about her projects and things that happened to her, but at the end of the book she remains a cipher. For someone who has accomplis...

    This book gave me a different view not just on Kim Gordon herself, but also on women's rights and the role of visual arts post-1960s. I listened to the audio book, main reason being that she is reading it herself. It was my first audiobook, so I don?t have anything to compare it t...

    I was disappointed by this book for several reasons. Call them personal if you may. I didn't think it was healthy to vent so much about Thurston Moore's affairs; Kim actually sounded desperate for validation, and a book was not the place to do it, in my personal opinion. I agree with s...

  • Leah
    May 06, 2015

    Interesting and at times even moving, but mostly, there is a distance there and whether or not it's because there are places she doesn't want to go or doesn't care to take you, I'm not sure. There is something very unresolved about it as a memoir but again, that's ok - she's in the mid...

    I finally understand why they say you should never meet your heroes. I thought (just like you) that Kim was the coolest ever in the hippest band ever. If you want to keep thinking that, don't ever read this book. Read this one instead. If you're already set on reading it anyway or go...

    A very fast read and quite illuminating though not for the reasons one might expect. I was pretty dismayed at how Kim's elitism and namedropping goes hand in hand with her playing punk rock contests and speaking really harshly about other women. It's one thing to say Courtney Love is c...

    Kim Gordon's Girl in a Band offers interesting insights, especially on the formation of Sonic Youth, how the band approached songs and albums (what they had in mind while writing specific songs and what their studio sessions were like). Gordon also relates how the band identified itsel...

    Kim Gordon's life has certainly taken her to fascinating places. Growing up in the sixties, traveling, infiltrating the NYC art scene, Sonic Youth's formation and success, starting her own fashion line, producing others music and films, becoming an artist in her own right and all while...

    True to her stage persona Kim Gordon has the effortless cool detached rock thing happening, what you see is what you get. Kim is a hard nut to crack, you can see that she truly struggles to open up but when she does it?s worth the wait. She can be scathing, hard edged and cynical...

    I think its telling that after spending 270 pages with the author I don't really have a sense of her as an artist, musician, or a person. I know a lot more about her projects and things that happened to her, but at the end of the book she remains a cipher. For someone who has accomplis...

    This book gave me a different view not just on Kim Gordon herself, but also on women's rights and the role of visual arts post-1960s. I listened to the audio book, main reason being that she is reading it herself. It was my first audiobook, so I don?t have anything to compare it t...

    I was disappointed by this book for several reasons. Call them personal if you may. I didn't think it was healthy to vent so much about Thurston Moore's affairs; Kim actually sounded desperate for validation, and a book was not the place to do it, in my personal opinion. I agree with s...

    Maskenfreiheit: The Freedom Conferred by Masks "In general, though women aren't really allowed to be kick-ass. It's like the famous distinction between art and craft: Art and wilderness, and pushing against the edges, is a male thing. Craft and control, and polish, is for women....

    Last night I came across a journal I kept in late 1997 and early 1998, a journal I completely had forgotten about, but it seemed fitting to come across it now since reading this book has taken me back to around that period when I was listening to a lot of Sonic Youth. It was like being...

    Didn't like this quite as much as I thought I would. Some weird tone problems, too much name-dropping (as opposed to more in-depth reflection), some randomly dropped-in feminist sloganeering that felt artificial, and holy moly, some really questionable decisions about the framing of th...

    I'm hoping that this will turn out to be the biggest literary let-down of 2015, because I can't think what could be worse. You know how Gordon is famous for being icy, opaque, inscrutable? This memoir is.. icy, opaque and inscrutable. Page after page of naming art dealers, a statement ...

    i know I'm in the minority of most readers of Kim Gordon's "Girl in a Band," but I think the book would be a lot more interesting if she focused on her childhood and then the New York years. I liked her descriptions of Manhattan life in the late 70s and early 80's - and also the sectio...

    COULD NOT BE MORE EXCITED. - - - Edit: Ok, now I've read. I savored! This book was everything I hoped for and sometimes more and sometimes less. That it was just a little bit flawed makes it feel more intimate a portrayal. Kim Gordon is an icon of counter-culture. I looked...

    What I found most interesting about Girl in a Band was the way Kim Gordon?s experiences in the Manhattan art world of the 1980s affected her other creative pursuits, including music. There?s a lot of appropriation going on, and Kim speaks quite openly about the ways various songs, ...

    I can't believe I'm about to use this as the definitive word for a book by Kim Gordon, but, more than anything, Girl in a Band is... boring. I don't doubt that she wrote this book because she wanted to. I don't doubt that she wanted to tell her story, but Girl in a Band just skirts ...

  • Silvia
    May 09, 2015

    Interesting and at times even moving, but mostly, there is a distance there and whether or not it's because there are places she doesn't want to go or doesn't care to take you, I'm not sure. There is something very unresolved about it as a memoir but again, that's ok - she's in the mid...

    I finally understand why they say you should never meet your heroes. I thought (just like you) that Kim was the coolest ever in the hippest band ever. If you want to keep thinking that, don't ever read this book. Read this one instead. If you're already set on reading it anyway or go...

    A very fast read and quite illuminating though not for the reasons one might expect. I was pretty dismayed at how Kim's elitism and namedropping goes hand in hand with her playing punk rock contests and speaking really harshly about other women. It's one thing to say Courtney Love is c...

    Kim Gordon's Girl in a Band offers interesting insights, especially on the formation of Sonic Youth, how the band approached songs and albums (what they had in mind while writing specific songs and what their studio sessions were like). Gordon also relates how the band identified itsel...

    Kim Gordon's life has certainly taken her to fascinating places. Growing up in the sixties, traveling, infiltrating the NYC art scene, Sonic Youth's formation and success, starting her own fashion line, producing others music and films, becoming an artist in her own right and all while...

    True to her stage persona Kim Gordon has the effortless cool detached rock thing happening, what you see is what you get. Kim is a hard nut to crack, you can see that she truly struggles to open up but when she does it?s worth the wait. She can be scathing, hard edged and cynical...

    I think its telling that after spending 270 pages with the author I don't really have a sense of her as an artist, musician, or a person. I know a lot more about her projects and things that happened to her, but at the end of the book she remains a cipher. For someone who has accomplis...

    This book gave me a different view not just on Kim Gordon herself, but also on women's rights and the role of visual arts post-1960s. I listened to the audio book, main reason being that she is reading it herself. It was my first audiobook, so I don?t have anything to compare it t...

    I was disappointed by this book for several reasons. Call them personal if you may. I didn't think it was healthy to vent so much about Thurston Moore's affairs; Kim actually sounded desperate for validation, and a book was not the place to do it, in my personal opinion. I agree with s...

    Maskenfreiheit: The Freedom Conferred by Masks "In general, though women aren't really allowed to be kick-ass. It's like the famous distinction between art and craft: Art and wilderness, and pushing against the edges, is a male thing. Craft and control, and polish, is for women....

    Last night I came across a journal I kept in late 1997 and early 1998, a journal I completely had forgotten about, but it seemed fitting to come across it now since reading this book has taken me back to around that period when I was listening to a lot of Sonic Youth. It was like being...

    Didn't like this quite as much as I thought I would. Some weird tone problems, too much name-dropping (as opposed to more in-depth reflection), some randomly dropped-in feminist sloganeering that felt artificial, and holy moly, some really questionable decisions about the framing of th...

    I'm hoping that this will turn out to be the biggest literary let-down of 2015, because I can't think what could be worse. You know how Gordon is famous for being icy, opaque, inscrutable? This memoir is.. icy, opaque and inscrutable. Page after page of naming art dealers, a statement ...

    i know I'm in the minority of most readers of Kim Gordon's "Girl in a Band," but I think the book would be a lot more interesting if she focused on her childhood and then the New York years. I liked her descriptions of Manhattan life in the late 70s and early 80's - and also the sectio...

    COULD NOT BE MORE EXCITED. - - - Edit: Ok, now I've read. I savored! This book was everything I hoped for and sometimes more and sometimes less. That it was just a little bit flawed makes it feel more intimate a portrayal. Kim Gordon is an icon of counter-culture. I looked...

    What I found most interesting about Girl in a Band was the way Kim Gordon?s experiences in the Manhattan art world of the 1980s affected her other creative pursuits, including music. There?s a lot of appropriation going on, and Kim speaks quite openly about the ways various songs, ...

    I can't believe I'm about to use this as the definitive word for a book by Kim Gordon, but, more than anything, Girl in a Band is... boring. I don't doubt that she wrote this book because she wanted to. I don't doubt that she wanted to tell her story, but Girl in a Band just skirts ...

    First things first: Having recently read a few memoirs of women in music, I can confirm I'm reliably mystified/enchanted by (Read: a sucker for) some of the reverse-Pygmalion-like conventions of these stories. Specifically, an influential countercultural musician who claims at the outs...

    Acho que estou apaixonada... pela Kim Gordon. Okay, é óbvio que já conheço os Sonic Youth há anos, é claro que sabia que ela e o Thurston tinham uma filha, mas tal como quase tudo na vida me passa ao lado, também as razões pelas quais se tinham separado passaram. E, caramba, qu...

    Having read several lukewarm reviews by fellow Sonic Youth fans, I was prepared to be underwhelmed by this book. I was not prepared for how amazing it was and how it's been haunting me since I finished it. I have long admired Kim for her toughness and her talent. Sonic Youth, pa...

    I loved Sonic Youth and saw them many times so I was really looking forward to this book. Then I read it. Once you discard all the pointless and insecure name dropping, there are two main points the author makes: 1. All her life she has lived in the shadow of men who have made it im...

    This was a really entertaining rock memoir - the short chapters, the photographs, and the anecdotes within all built up to educate me on Kim Gordon, one of the founding members of Sonic Youth, providing me with a lot of things I had never known about her before. In under 300 pages, ...

    I couldn't even make it to the good stuff. I was so utterly bored by one of the most fascinating lives ever lived. Kim needed a better editor. I bet the audio book would be worthwhile. Book is just name droppy boring writing. Really had higher expectations for this. ...

    Sonic Youth is great and Kim Gordon was an indispensable part of the band; it wouldn't have been successful without her, and that's something you'd rarely say about a bass player. However, I should have left it at that. I don't usually indulge in artist/author/musician biographies, bec...

    So hard to say what I feel about this book. It's full of a lot of pain, as Kim clearly and heartily states her case and shows her wounds over her split with Thurston Moore. But outside of that, there is an odd blankness, a cool recounting of a sequence of events. It reminded me a littl...

    ?? ?????? ????? ???????????? ???? die-hard fans ??? Sonic Youth. ?? ?????? ?? ?????????? (myself included) ?????? ????? ??? ???????? ?? ??????, ??? ??????? ???? ??? ?????? ???...

    There are a lot of things I really loved about this memoir. I appreciated her starting with her break-up because it felt vulnerable to start from a dark place. I admire that--as a woman--she is speaking her truth about her break-up and isn't trying to play the whole "I'm perfectly fine...

    Good, though not moving... and it felt a little incomplete, somehow. Which I know is the nature of a memoir if one isn't dead yet, but somehow Gordon feels like she's still got a lot more stuff to settle up. It's a panoramic book, not a reflective book. But still interesting, anecdotal...

    I want to believe Kim Gordon wrote her own book. She is clearly a super smart, intuitive, well read, talented woman with intrinsic style who was born charmed with a nose for timing and unique, refined taste. She also simply hung out with the right people during an extremely exciting ti...

    As a Sonic Youth fan, I regret reading this book. Whatever respect I had for the author is now gone. I did not expect it to be well-written - Kim Gordon is not a writer after all. Maybe she should have enlisted the help of a professional writer. But I guess that would have taken away t...

  • Sabs
    Feb 04, 2015

    Interesting and at times even moving, but mostly, there is a distance there and whether or not it's because there are places she doesn't want to go or doesn't care to take you, I'm not sure. There is something very unresolved about it as a memoir but again, that's ok - she's in the mid...

    I finally understand why they say you should never meet your heroes. I thought (just like you) that Kim was the coolest ever in the hippest band ever. If you want to keep thinking that, don't ever read this book. Read this one instead. If you're already set on reading it anyway or go...

    A very fast read and quite illuminating though not for the reasons one might expect. I was pretty dismayed at how Kim's elitism and namedropping goes hand in hand with her playing punk rock contests and speaking really harshly about other women. It's one thing to say Courtney Love is c...

    Kim Gordon's Girl in a Band offers interesting insights, especially on the formation of Sonic Youth, how the band approached songs and albums (what they had in mind while writing specific songs and what their studio sessions were like). Gordon also relates how the band identified itsel...

    Kim Gordon's life has certainly taken her to fascinating places. Growing up in the sixties, traveling, infiltrating the NYC art scene, Sonic Youth's formation and success, starting her own fashion line, producing others music and films, becoming an artist in her own right and all while...

    True to her stage persona Kim Gordon has the effortless cool detached rock thing happening, what you see is what you get. Kim is a hard nut to crack, you can see that she truly struggles to open up but when she does it?s worth the wait. She can be scathing, hard edged and cynical...

    I think its telling that after spending 270 pages with the author I don't really have a sense of her as an artist, musician, or a person. I know a lot more about her projects and things that happened to her, but at the end of the book she remains a cipher. For someone who has accomplis...

    This book gave me a different view not just on Kim Gordon herself, but also on women's rights and the role of visual arts post-1960s. I listened to the audio book, main reason being that she is reading it herself. It was my first audiobook, so I don?t have anything to compare it t...

    I was disappointed by this book for several reasons. Call them personal if you may. I didn't think it was healthy to vent so much about Thurston Moore's affairs; Kim actually sounded desperate for validation, and a book was not the place to do it, in my personal opinion. I agree with s...

    Maskenfreiheit: The Freedom Conferred by Masks "In general, though women aren't really allowed to be kick-ass. It's like the famous distinction between art and craft: Art and wilderness, and pushing against the edges, is a male thing. Craft and control, and polish, is for women....

    Last night I came across a journal I kept in late 1997 and early 1998, a journal I completely had forgotten about, but it seemed fitting to come across it now since reading this book has taken me back to around that period when I was listening to a lot of Sonic Youth. It was like being...

    Didn't like this quite as much as I thought I would. Some weird tone problems, too much name-dropping (as opposed to more in-depth reflection), some randomly dropped-in feminist sloganeering that felt artificial, and holy moly, some really questionable decisions about the framing of th...

    I'm hoping that this will turn out to be the biggest literary let-down of 2015, because I can't think what could be worse. You know how Gordon is famous for being icy, opaque, inscrutable? This memoir is.. icy, opaque and inscrutable. Page after page of naming art dealers, a statement ...

    i know I'm in the minority of most readers of Kim Gordon's "Girl in a Band," but I think the book would be a lot more interesting if she focused on her childhood and then the New York years. I liked her descriptions of Manhattan life in the late 70s and early 80's - and also the sectio...

    COULD NOT BE MORE EXCITED. - - - Edit: Ok, now I've read. I savored! This book was everything I hoped for and sometimes more and sometimes less. That it was just a little bit flawed makes it feel more intimate a portrayal. Kim Gordon is an icon of counter-culture. I looked...

    What I found most interesting about Girl in a Band was the way Kim Gordon?s experiences in the Manhattan art world of the 1980s affected her other creative pursuits, including music. There?s a lot of appropriation going on, and Kim speaks quite openly about the ways various songs, ...

    I can't believe I'm about to use this as the definitive word for a book by Kim Gordon, but, more than anything, Girl in a Band is... boring. I don't doubt that she wrote this book because she wanted to. I don't doubt that she wanted to tell her story, but Girl in a Band just skirts ...

    First things first: Having recently read a few memoirs of women in music, I can confirm I'm reliably mystified/enchanted by (Read: a sucker for) some of the reverse-Pygmalion-like conventions of these stories. Specifically, an influential countercultural musician who claims at the outs...

    Acho que estou apaixonada... pela Kim Gordon. Okay, é óbvio que já conheço os Sonic Youth há anos, é claro que sabia que ela e o Thurston tinham uma filha, mas tal como quase tudo na vida me passa ao lado, também as razões pelas quais se tinham separado passaram. E, caramba, qu...

    Having read several lukewarm reviews by fellow Sonic Youth fans, I was prepared to be underwhelmed by this book. I was not prepared for how amazing it was and how it's been haunting me since I finished it. I have long admired Kim for her toughness and her talent. Sonic Youth, pa...

    I loved Sonic Youth and saw them many times so I was really looking forward to this book. Then I read it. Once you discard all the pointless and insecure name dropping, there are two main points the author makes: 1. All her life she has lived in the shadow of men who have made it im...

    This was a really entertaining rock memoir - the short chapters, the photographs, and the anecdotes within all built up to educate me on Kim Gordon, one of the founding members of Sonic Youth, providing me with a lot of things I had never known about her before. In under 300 pages, ...

    I couldn't even make it to the good stuff. I was so utterly bored by one of the most fascinating lives ever lived. Kim needed a better editor. I bet the audio book would be worthwhile. Book is just name droppy boring writing. Really had higher expectations for this. ...

  • Minty McBunny
    Apr 10, 2015

    Interesting and at times even moving, but mostly, there is a distance there and whether or not it's because there are places she doesn't want to go or doesn't care to take you, I'm not sure. There is something very unresolved about it as a memoir but again, that's ok - she's in the mid...

    I finally understand why they say you should never meet your heroes. I thought (just like you) that Kim was the coolest ever in the hippest band ever. If you want to keep thinking that, don't ever read this book. Read this one instead. If you're already set on reading it anyway or go...

    A very fast read and quite illuminating though not for the reasons one might expect. I was pretty dismayed at how Kim's elitism and namedropping goes hand in hand with her playing punk rock contests and speaking really harshly about other women. It's one thing to say Courtney Love is c...

    Kim Gordon's Girl in a Band offers interesting insights, especially on the formation of Sonic Youth, how the band approached songs and albums (what they had in mind while writing specific songs and what their studio sessions were like). Gordon also relates how the band identified itsel...

    Kim Gordon's life has certainly taken her to fascinating places. Growing up in the sixties, traveling, infiltrating the NYC art scene, Sonic Youth's formation and success, starting her own fashion line, producing others music and films, becoming an artist in her own right and all while...

    True to her stage persona Kim Gordon has the effortless cool detached rock thing happening, what you see is what you get. Kim is a hard nut to crack, you can see that she truly struggles to open up but when she does it?s worth the wait. She can be scathing, hard edged and cynical...

    I think its telling that after spending 270 pages with the author I don't really have a sense of her as an artist, musician, or a person. I know a lot more about her projects and things that happened to her, but at the end of the book she remains a cipher. For someone who has accomplis...

    This book gave me a different view not just on Kim Gordon herself, but also on women's rights and the role of visual arts post-1960s. I listened to the audio book, main reason being that she is reading it herself. It was my first audiobook, so I don?t have anything to compare it t...

    I was disappointed by this book for several reasons. Call them personal if you may. I didn't think it was healthy to vent so much about Thurston Moore's affairs; Kim actually sounded desperate for validation, and a book was not the place to do it, in my personal opinion. I agree with s...

    Maskenfreiheit: The Freedom Conferred by Masks "In general, though women aren't really allowed to be kick-ass. It's like the famous distinction between art and craft: Art and wilderness, and pushing against the edges, is a male thing. Craft and control, and polish, is for women....

    Last night I came across a journal I kept in late 1997 and early 1998, a journal I completely had forgotten about, but it seemed fitting to come across it now since reading this book has taken me back to around that period when I was listening to a lot of Sonic Youth. It was like being...

    Didn't like this quite as much as I thought I would. Some weird tone problems, too much name-dropping (as opposed to more in-depth reflection), some randomly dropped-in feminist sloganeering that felt artificial, and holy moly, some really questionable decisions about the framing of th...

    I'm hoping that this will turn out to be the biggest literary let-down of 2015, because I can't think what could be worse. You know how Gordon is famous for being icy, opaque, inscrutable? This memoir is.. icy, opaque and inscrutable. Page after page of naming art dealers, a statement ...

    i know I'm in the minority of most readers of Kim Gordon's "Girl in a Band," but I think the book would be a lot more interesting if she focused on her childhood and then the New York years. I liked her descriptions of Manhattan life in the late 70s and early 80's - and also the sectio...

    COULD NOT BE MORE EXCITED. - - - Edit: Ok, now I've read. I savored! This book was everything I hoped for and sometimes more and sometimes less. That it was just a little bit flawed makes it feel more intimate a portrayal. Kim Gordon is an icon of counter-culture. I looked...

    What I found most interesting about Girl in a Band was the way Kim Gordon?s experiences in the Manhattan art world of the 1980s affected her other creative pursuits, including music. There?s a lot of appropriation going on, and Kim speaks quite openly about the ways various songs, ...

    I can't believe I'm about to use this as the definitive word for a book by Kim Gordon, but, more than anything, Girl in a Band is... boring. I don't doubt that she wrote this book because she wanted to. I don't doubt that she wanted to tell her story, but Girl in a Band just skirts ...

    First things first: Having recently read a few memoirs of women in music, I can confirm I'm reliably mystified/enchanted by (Read: a sucker for) some of the reverse-Pygmalion-like conventions of these stories. Specifically, an influential countercultural musician who claims at the outs...

    Acho que estou apaixonada... pela Kim Gordon. Okay, é óbvio que já conheço os Sonic Youth há anos, é claro que sabia que ela e o Thurston tinham uma filha, mas tal como quase tudo na vida me passa ao lado, também as razões pelas quais se tinham separado passaram. E, caramba, qu...

    Having read several lukewarm reviews by fellow Sonic Youth fans, I was prepared to be underwhelmed by this book. I was not prepared for how amazing it was and how it's been haunting me since I finished it. I have long admired Kim for her toughness and her talent. Sonic Youth, pa...

  • Jane Settles cigarran
    Mar 06, 2015

    Interesting and at times even moving, but mostly, there is a distance there and whether or not it's because there are places she doesn't want to go or doesn't care to take you, I'm not sure. There is something very unresolved about it as a memoir but again, that's ok - she's in the mid...

    I finally understand why they say you should never meet your heroes. I thought (just like you) that Kim was the coolest ever in the hippest band ever. If you want to keep thinking that, don't ever read this book. Read this one instead. If you're already set on reading it anyway or go...

    A very fast read and quite illuminating though not for the reasons one might expect. I was pretty dismayed at how Kim's elitism and namedropping goes hand in hand with her playing punk rock contests and speaking really harshly about other women. It's one thing to say Courtney Love is c...

  • Darwin8u
    Oct 09, 2015

    Interesting and at times even moving, but mostly, there is a distance there and whether or not it's because there are places she doesn't want to go or doesn't care to take you, I'm not sure. There is something very unresolved about it as a memoir but again, that's ok - she's in the mid...

    I finally understand why they say you should never meet your heroes. I thought (just like you) that Kim was the coolest ever in the hippest band ever. If you want to keep thinking that, don't ever read this book. Read this one instead. If you're already set on reading it anyway or go...

    A very fast read and quite illuminating though not for the reasons one might expect. I was pretty dismayed at how Kim's elitism and namedropping goes hand in hand with her playing punk rock contests and speaking really harshly about other women. It's one thing to say Courtney Love is c...

    Kim Gordon's Girl in a Band offers interesting insights, especially on the formation of Sonic Youth, how the band approached songs and albums (what they had in mind while writing specific songs and what their studio sessions were like). Gordon also relates how the band identified itsel...

    Kim Gordon's life has certainly taken her to fascinating places. Growing up in the sixties, traveling, infiltrating the NYC art scene, Sonic Youth's formation and success, starting her own fashion line, producing others music and films, becoming an artist in her own right and all while...

    True to her stage persona Kim Gordon has the effortless cool detached rock thing happening, what you see is what you get. Kim is a hard nut to crack, you can see that she truly struggles to open up but when she does it?s worth the wait. She can be scathing, hard edged and cynical...

    I think its telling that after spending 270 pages with the author I don't really have a sense of her as an artist, musician, or a person. I know a lot more about her projects and things that happened to her, but at the end of the book she remains a cipher. For someone who has accomplis...

    This book gave me a different view not just on Kim Gordon herself, but also on women's rights and the role of visual arts post-1960s. I listened to the audio book, main reason being that she is reading it herself. It was my first audiobook, so I don?t have anything to compare it t...

    I was disappointed by this book for several reasons. Call them personal if you may. I didn't think it was healthy to vent so much about Thurston Moore's affairs; Kim actually sounded desperate for validation, and a book was not the place to do it, in my personal opinion. I agree with s...

    Maskenfreiheit: The Freedom Conferred by Masks "In general, though women aren't really allowed to be kick-ass. It's like the famous distinction between art and craft: Art and wilderness, and pushing against the edges, is a male thing. Craft and control, and polish, is for women....

  • Vanessa
    Jul 16, 2018

    Interesting and at times even moving, but mostly, there is a distance there and whether or not it's because there are places she doesn't want to go or doesn't care to take you, I'm not sure. There is something very unresolved about it as a memoir but again, that's ok - she's in the mid...

    I finally understand why they say you should never meet your heroes. I thought (just like you) that Kim was the coolest ever in the hippest band ever. If you want to keep thinking that, don't ever read this book. Read this one instead. If you're already set on reading it anyway or go...

    A very fast read and quite illuminating though not for the reasons one might expect. I was pretty dismayed at how Kim's elitism and namedropping goes hand in hand with her playing punk rock contests and speaking really harshly about other women. It's one thing to say Courtney Love is c...

    Kim Gordon's Girl in a Band offers interesting insights, especially on the formation of Sonic Youth, how the band approached songs and albums (what they had in mind while writing specific songs and what their studio sessions were like). Gordon also relates how the band identified itsel...

    Kim Gordon's life has certainly taken her to fascinating places. Growing up in the sixties, traveling, infiltrating the NYC art scene, Sonic Youth's formation and success, starting her own fashion line, producing others music and films, becoming an artist in her own right and all while...

    True to her stage persona Kim Gordon has the effortless cool detached rock thing happening, what you see is what you get. Kim is a hard nut to crack, you can see that she truly struggles to open up but when she does it?s worth the wait. She can be scathing, hard edged and cynical...

  • Jenna
    Jan 31, 2015

    Interesting and at times even moving, but mostly, there is a distance there and whether or not it's because there are places she doesn't want to go or doesn't care to take you, I'm not sure. There is something very unresolved about it as a memoir but again, that's ok - she's in the mid...

    I finally understand why they say you should never meet your heroes. I thought (just like you) that Kim was the coolest ever in the hippest band ever. If you want to keep thinking that, don't ever read this book. Read this one instead. If you're already set on reading it anyway or go...

    A very fast read and quite illuminating though not for the reasons one might expect. I was pretty dismayed at how Kim's elitism and namedropping goes hand in hand with her playing punk rock contests and speaking really harshly about other women. It's one thing to say Courtney Love is c...

    Kim Gordon's Girl in a Band offers interesting insights, especially on the formation of Sonic Youth, how the band approached songs and albums (what they had in mind while writing specific songs and what their studio sessions were like). Gordon also relates how the band identified itsel...

    Kim Gordon's life has certainly taken her to fascinating places. Growing up in the sixties, traveling, infiltrating the NYC art scene, Sonic Youth's formation and success, starting her own fashion line, producing others music and films, becoming an artist in her own right and all while...

    True to her stage persona Kim Gordon has the effortless cool detached rock thing happening, what you see is what you get. Kim is a hard nut to crack, you can see that she truly struggles to open up but when she does it?s worth the wait. She can be scathing, hard edged and cynical...

    I think its telling that after spending 270 pages with the author I don't really have a sense of her as an artist, musician, or a person. I know a lot more about her projects and things that happened to her, but at the end of the book she remains a cipher. For someone who has accomplis...

    This book gave me a different view not just on Kim Gordon herself, but also on women's rights and the role of visual arts post-1960s. I listened to the audio book, main reason being that she is reading it herself. It was my first audiobook, so I don?t have anything to compare it t...

    I was disappointed by this book for several reasons. Call them personal if you may. I didn't think it was healthy to vent so much about Thurston Moore's affairs; Kim actually sounded desperate for validation, and a book was not the place to do it, in my personal opinion. I agree with s...

    Maskenfreiheit: The Freedom Conferred by Masks "In general, though women aren't really allowed to be kick-ass. It's like the famous distinction between art and craft: Art and wilderness, and pushing against the edges, is a male thing. Craft and control, and polish, is for women....

    Last night I came across a journal I kept in late 1997 and early 1998, a journal I completely had forgotten about, but it seemed fitting to come across it now since reading this book has taken me back to around that period when I was listening to a lot of Sonic Youth. It was like being...

    Didn't like this quite as much as I thought I would. Some weird tone problems, too much name-dropping (as opposed to more in-depth reflection), some randomly dropped-in feminist sloganeering that felt artificial, and holy moly, some really questionable decisions about the framing of th...

    I'm hoping that this will turn out to be the biggest literary let-down of 2015, because I can't think what could be worse. You know how Gordon is famous for being icy, opaque, inscrutable? This memoir is.. icy, opaque and inscrutable. Page after page of naming art dealers, a statement ...

    i know I'm in the minority of most readers of Kim Gordon's "Girl in a Band," but I think the book would be a lot more interesting if she focused on her childhood and then the New York years. I liked her descriptions of Manhattan life in the late 70s and early 80's - and also the sectio...

    COULD NOT BE MORE EXCITED. - - - Edit: Ok, now I've read. I savored! This book was everything I hoped for and sometimes more and sometimes less. That it was just a little bit flawed makes it feel more intimate a portrayal. Kim Gordon is an icon of counter-culture. I looked...

    What I found most interesting about Girl in a Band was the way Kim Gordon?s experiences in the Manhattan art world of the 1980s affected her other creative pursuits, including music. There?s a lot of appropriation going on, and Kim speaks quite openly about the ways various songs, ...

    I can't believe I'm about to use this as the definitive word for a book by Kim Gordon, but, more than anything, Girl in a Band is... boring. I don't doubt that she wrote this book because she wanted to. I don't doubt that she wanted to tell her story, but Girl in a Band just skirts ...

    First things first: Having recently read a few memoirs of women in music, I can confirm I'm reliably mystified/enchanted by (Read: a sucker for) some of the reverse-Pygmalion-like conventions of these stories. Specifically, an influential countercultural musician who claims at the outs...

  • Solistas
    Dec 12, 2016

    Interesting and at times even moving, but mostly, there is a distance there and whether or not it's because there are places she doesn't want to go or doesn't care to take you, I'm not sure. There is something very unresolved about it as a memoir but again, that's ok - she's in the mid...

    I finally understand why they say you should never meet your heroes. I thought (just like you) that Kim was the coolest ever in the hippest band ever. If you want to keep thinking that, don't ever read this book. Read this one instead. If you're already set on reading it anyway or go...

    A very fast read and quite illuminating though not for the reasons one might expect. I was pretty dismayed at how Kim's elitism and namedropping goes hand in hand with her playing punk rock contests and speaking really harshly about other women. It's one thing to say Courtney Love is c...

    Kim Gordon's Girl in a Band offers interesting insights, especially on the formation of Sonic Youth, how the band approached songs and albums (what they had in mind while writing specific songs and what their studio sessions were like). Gordon also relates how the band identified itsel...

    Kim Gordon's life has certainly taken her to fascinating places. Growing up in the sixties, traveling, infiltrating the NYC art scene, Sonic Youth's formation and success, starting her own fashion line, producing others music and films, becoming an artist in her own right and all while...

    True to her stage persona Kim Gordon has the effortless cool detached rock thing happening, what you see is what you get. Kim is a hard nut to crack, you can see that she truly struggles to open up but when she does it?s worth the wait. She can be scathing, hard edged and cynical...

    I think its telling that after spending 270 pages with the author I don't really have a sense of her as an artist, musician, or a person. I know a lot more about her projects and things that happened to her, but at the end of the book she remains a cipher. For someone who has accomplis...

    This book gave me a different view not just on Kim Gordon herself, but also on women's rights and the role of visual arts post-1960s. I listened to the audio book, main reason being that she is reading it herself. It was my first audiobook, so I don?t have anything to compare it t...

    I was disappointed by this book for several reasons. Call them personal if you may. I didn't think it was healthy to vent so much about Thurston Moore's affairs; Kim actually sounded desperate for validation, and a book was not the place to do it, in my personal opinion. I agree with s...

    Maskenfreiheit: The Freedom Conferred by Masks "In general, though women aren't really allowed to be kick-ass. It's like the famous distinction between art and craft: Art and wilderness, and pushing against the edges, is a male thing. Craft and control, and polish, is for women....

    Last night I came across a journal I kept in late 1997 and early 1998, a journal I completely had forgotten about, but it seemed fitting to come across it now since reading this book has taken me back to around that period when I was listening to a lot of Sonic Youth. It was like being...

    Didn't like this quite as much as I thought I would. Some weird tone problems, too much name-dropping (as opposed to more in-depth reflection), some randomly dropped-in feminist sloganeering that felt artificial, and holy moly, some really questionable decisions about the framing of th...

    I'm hoping that this will turn out to be the biggest literary let-down of 2015, because I can't think what could be worse. You know how Gordon is famous for being icy, opaque, inscrutable? This memoir is.. icy, opaque and inscrutable. Page after page of naming art dealers, a statement ...

    i know I'm in the minority of most readers of Kim Gordon's "Girl in a Band," but I think the book would be a lot more interesting if she focused on her childhood and then the New York years. I liked her descriptions of Manhattan life in the late 70s and early 80's - and also the sectio...

    COULD NOT BE MORE EXCITED. - - - Edit: Ok, now I've read. I savored! This book was everything I hoped for and sometimes more and sometimes less. That it was just a little bit flawed makes it feel more intimate a portrayal. Kim Gordon is an icon of counter-culture. I looked...

    What I found most interesting about Girl in a Band was the way Kim Gordon?s experiences in the Manhattan art world of the 1980s affected her other creative pursuits, including music. There?s a lot of appropriation going on, and Kim speaks quite openly about the ways various songs, ...

    I can't believe I'm about to use this as the definitive word for a book by Kim Gordon, but, more than anything, Girl in a Band is... boring. I don't doubt that she wrote this book because she wanted to. I don't doubt that she wanted to tell her story, but Girl in a Band just skirts ...

    First things first: Having recently read a few memoirs of women in music, I can confirm I'm reliably mystified/enchanted by (Read: a sucker for) some of the reverse-Pygmalion-like conventions of these stories. Specifically, an influential countercultural musician who claims at the outs...

    Acho que estou apaixonada... pela Kim Gordon. Okay, é óbvio que já conheço os Sonic Youth há anos, é claro que sabia que ela e o Thurston tinham uma filha, mas tal como quase tudo na vida me passa ao lado, também as razões pelas quais se tinham separado passaram. E, caramba, qu...

    Having read several lukewarm reviews by fellow Sonic Youth fans, I was prepared to be underwhelmed by this book. I was not prepared for how amazing it was and how it's been haunting me since I finished it. I have long admired Kim for her toughness and her talent. Sonic Youth, pa...

    I loved Sonic Youth and saw them many times so I was really looking forward to this book. Then I read it. Once you discard all the pointless and insecure name dropping, there are two main points the author makes: 1. All her life she has lived in the shadow of men who have made it im...

    This was a really entertaining rock memoir - the short chapters, the photographs, and the anecdotes within all built up to educate me on Kim Gordon, one of the founding members of Sonic Youth, providing me with a lot of things I had never known about her before. In under 300 pages, ...

    I couldn't even make it to the good stuff. I was so utterly bored by one of the most fascinating lives ever lived. Kim needed a better editor. I bet the audio book would be worthwhile. Book is just name droppy boring writing. Really had higher expectations for this. ...

    Sonic Youth is great and Kim Gordon was an indispensable part of the band; it wouldn't have been successful without her, and that's something you'd rarely say about a bass player. However, I should have left it at that. I don't usually indulge in artist/author/musician biographies, bec...

    So hard to say what I feel about this book. It's full of a lot of pain, as Kim clearly and heartily states her case and shows her wounds over her split with Thurston Moore. But outside of that, there is an odd blankness, a cool recounting of a sequence of events. It reminded me a littl...

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