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Monday, April 22, 2013

Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon: "Rap Music is Really Good When You’re Traumatized"

Posted by on Mon, Apr 22, 2013 at 4:15 PM

Kim Gordon breaks her silence about her split with Thurston Moore in
ELLE Magazine:

Some years ago, a woman Gordon declines to name became a part of the Sonic Youth world, first as the girlfriend of an erstwhile band member and later as a partner on a literary project with Moore. Eventually, Gordon discovered a text message and confronted him about having an affair. They went to counseling, but he kept seeing the other woman. "We never got to the point where we could just get rid of her so I could decide what I wanted to do," Gordon says. "Thurston was carrying on this whole double life with her. He was really like a lost soul." Moore moved out. Gordon stayed home and listened to a lot of hip-hop. "Rap music is really good when you’re traumatized," she says.

Holiest of cows, she is my forever hero. Read the whole thing on

Kim Gordon, with Sonic Youth, at the 2009 Capitol Hill Block Party
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  • Kim Gordon, with Sonic Youth, at the 2009 Capitol Hill Block Party


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yos-wa 1
just read this! good article. kim is the jam. can't wait to hear some recordings of that new project.
Posted by yos-wa on April 22, 2013 at 4:27 PM · Report this
Larry Mizell, Jr. 2
profound observation imo
Posted by Larry Mizell, Jr. on April 22, 2013 at 4:31 PM · Report this
Kathy Fennessy 3
I wonder if the "erstwhile band member" was Jim O'Rourke. Not sure who else it could be.
Posted by Kathy Fennessy on April 22, 2013 at 10:29 PM · Report this
The rumored other woman, Eva:
Posted by Kelly O on April 23, 2013 at 10:15 AM · Report this
ChadK 5
@ 4 - I hope it wasn't Jemina Pearl. That would've been somewhat icky.
Posted by ChadK on April 23, 2013 at 11:41 AM · Report this
Kim Gordon is kickass. The journalist, however, falls into the same tired cliches of writing about powerful women: what's she wearing, is she winning by looking younger than she is, and wow! she can cook! Ugh, really?
Posted by genevieve on April 23, 2013 at 3:11 PM · Report this
Every cool woman I know practically worships Kim Gordon. They all care about what she's wearing, how old she looks, and how she manages to be both badass and normal at the same time.

She set one example of what winning looks like for a generation.
Posted by six shooter on April 24, 2013 at 8:28 AM · Report this
#6, Normally that bothers me, too, but in this case, since it was written for a fashion/lifestyle magazine (as opposed to a show or album review) I think it was fine.

For a REALLY offensive piece of music writing, you should check out the Seattle Weekly's article about La Luz titled (gag) "Pretty Girls Make Waves." It was straight out of the 60s in terms of that shit. Not that the band themselves were any better, with their arrogant, gross remarks about other female musicians in Seattle and how hard it is to find women who can actually play their instruments.
Posted by virginia mason on April 24, 2013 at 11:34 AM · Report this
@8 good point that this is a fashion magazine...and a very mainstream one at that. With that lens, kudos to them for interviewing a true rock god(dess).
Posted by genevieve on April 24, 2013 at 2:24 PM · Report this
@8 Wow, that SW/La Luz piece is indeed awful.
Posted by TippiTime on April 25, 2013 at 12:43 PM · Report this
Bree Mckenna 11
@8 holy fuck! I just read that "pretty girls make waves" piece. Jesus Christ!
Posted by Bree Mckenna on April 27, 2013 at 2:39 PM · Report this

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