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Kim Gordon: No Icon


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Kim Gordon (born April 28, 1953) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, visual artist, and actress. She rose to prominence in the late 1980s as a bassist, guitarist, and vocalist in the alternative rock band Sonic Youth. Her autobiographical memoir A Girl in a Band, 2015 became a New York Times best seller. She is represented by 303 Gallery in New York City has had solo shows at The Andy Warhol Museum in Pitsburgh, PA and The Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin.


Kim Gordon might say she's no icon, but we beg to differ. The musician, most famously known as the co-founder of Sonic Youth, has recently released her sprawling visual anthology titled No Icon, published by Rizzoli. As with all great photography books, it features never-before-seen pictures, writings, and other memorabilia that she's collected throughout her prolific career and punk life. Serving as a follow-up to her 2015 memoir Girl in a Band, Gordon's latest autobiographical effort is a backstage look at her life, beginning in '60s sunny California to downtown New York in the '80s, where Sonic Youth was conceived. With a foreword written by musician, actor, and fellow riot grrrl Carrie Brownstein, No Icon is a guaranteed necessity for anyone with an inner punk rocker, or simply a coffee table enthusiast. -- INTERVIEW

Kim Gordon, the co-founder of rock band Sonic Youth, put together this scrapbook of personal photographs, journal entries and lyrics, paired with magazine and newspaper clippings and even ads, to document and give context to her life and career as a musician and artist. -- NEW YORK MAGAZINE Nineties fashion, celebrity intrigue and punk rock nostalgia intertwine in KIM GORDON: No Icon (Rizzoli, $45), a scrapbook-style memoir of a life and career spent in the furthest depths of the New York underground. -- NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

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