Who could be cooler than a woman who plays bass in an acclaimed rock band, models for Saint Laurent Paris and is a visual artist?
Nobody, as all the fans of former Sonic Youth member Kim Gordon know. And after reading the 61-year-old’s new memoir, Girl in a Band, we feel as if we’ve been given a backstage pass to the seminal creative moments of recent history, including the New York art scene in the ’70s and the indie music scene in the ’80s and '90s.
Besides eavesdropping on conversations with Gordon’s talented besties (pal Kurt Cobain asking child-rearing tips, artist Mike Kelley driving her cross-country), we confess a train-wreck fascination with reading the account of a woman scorned. Gordon--and the Internet--was shocked in 2011 when her husband and bandmate, Thurston Moore, left their 27-year marriage and took up with a younger woman. The book’s intimate yet tasteful retelling of this devastating life change is by turns gossipy fascinating and emotionally touching.
A longtime East Coast resident, Gordon spent much of last year living in Echo Park. After reading her story, we’re hoping she becomes a fixture on the L.A. fine art and music scenes.