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Starpower: In Conversation with Kim Gordon
She’s crashed at Cindy Sherman’s place, she’s produced a Hole record, she’s collaborated with Yoko Ono and she’s an idol to the likes of Carrie Brownstein and Michael Stipe. There’s only one Kim Gordon, and in this episode of the Wheeler Centre podcast, she joins Fee B-Squared for a conversation recorded live at the Astor Theatre.
'It’s just my personal taste that I like to see things fall apart a little bit. Sometimes it makes it into something else, or it’s an experience that you would never have.'
Artist, record producer and founding member of noise-rock pioneers Sonic Youth, Kim Gordon is a cornerstone of American experimental rock. As Sonic Youth rose to prominence out of the post-punk, noise and visual art scenes in the 1980s – then achieved worldwide cult fame in the 1990s – Gordon stood out as a role model for countless women (and men) with her unmistakable voice and mercurial musical style. A presence of steely, inscrutable cool, she was, and remains, a figure of fascination for many fans.
Sonic Youth’s last performance was in 2011. Four years later, Gordon wrote Girl in a Band – a memoir describing her formative years, marriage (to bandmate Thurston Moore) and career straddling the worlds of music and art. For several decades now, Gordon has maintained a steady creative output – not just in Sonic Youth but also in fashion, conceptual art and other music projects including her new experimental guitar duo, Body/Head.
Kim Gordon has been writing and performing experimental rock music for more than three decades, in addition to her work as a visual artist, writer, and designer. In 1981, she co-founded the band Sonic Youth, for which she sang and played guitar and bass. Her memoir Girl In A Band was published in 2015 to international acclaim, and her visual art has been exhibited worldwide. Kim continues to perform solo improvisational shows as well as with Body/Head, a guitar duo with Bill Nace.
A chance encounter with 3RRRFM on a school bus in the 1980s started an enduring love affair with the ground-breaking community radio station that has made Fee B-Squared one of the most loved and respected broadcasters in Melbourne. She currently produces her own drive show on RRR, presenting ‘Maps’ from 4.00pm–7.00pm Mondays.