Sonic Youth

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Girls to the front: how Australia’s rock’n’roll high school evolved – with help from Courtney Love
A real-life inspiration for Jack Black’s School of Rock, the Melbourne institution became the Kings Cross Conservatorium – but its ethos of equality remains

Andrew Stafford

05, Mar, 2021 @12:01 AM

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The Avalanches' teenage obsessions: 'I cried hearing Strawberry Fields Forever'
With the release of their new album this month, the Australian psych-poppers reminisce about BMX bikes, Christian Slater and Morrissey’s potent melancholy

Interview by Rhi Storer

02, Dec, 2020 @7:00 AM

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Thurston Moore webchat – your questions answered on black metal, the Fall and the joy of disco
Ahead of new album, By the Fire, Moore talked about where he ate in New York, the power of Jimi Hendrix, and his newfound love of home recording during the pandemic

Guardian music

23, Sep, 2020 @12:42 PM

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Sonic Youth, Desolation Center 1985: 500 tabs of acid, one life-changing gig
Desolation Center was a festival in the California desert without food, drink or toilets, but with a lot of hallucinogenic drugs. Lee Ranaldo recalls the danger – and the freedom

Daniel Dylan Wray

08, Jul, 2020 @10:00 AM

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Sonic Youth: where to start in their back catalogue
In Listener’s digest, our writers help you explore the work of great musicians. Next up: the feedback-worshipping high priests of indie-rock who wedded art and pop

Grayson Haver Currin

25, May, 2020 @1:44 PM

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'It's hopeful and generous': Thurston Moore's experimental record shop
The Sonic Youth co-founder has set up a store in London, a haven for fans of Stockhausen, Luc Ferrari – and Norwegian black metal

Suzanne Moore

04, Mar, 2020 @10:29 AM

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Kim Gordon: ‘I'm not a badass, whatever that means’
The musician, 66, on her mysterious mother, learning to go solo, and being vulnerable

Chris Hall

21, Dec, 2019 @1:00 PM

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Kim Gordon: No Home Record review – quite a feat
(Matador)

Kitty Empire

13, Oct, 2019 @4:29 AM

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Kim Gordon: 'There's a wall of faceless men I have to climb over'
She’s the art-rock legend who made Sonic Youth punk – and now, at 66, she has made her first solo record. She drives our writer through LA to talk Donald Trump, existential angst and her anthem called Air BnB

Jenn Pelly

04, Oct, 2019 @5:00 AM

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Kate Moss’s fags and Joe Strummer’s notes: should we loot the rock star car boot?
Fans can buy Sonic Youth’s kit off a gear-flogging website. When there’s cash to be made from a the rock retrospective exhibition, it’s a risky move

Gavin Haynes

09, Nov, 2018 @1:00 PM

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Body/Head: The Switch review – otherworldly Sturm und Drang
(Matador)

Phil Mongredien

22, Jul, 2018 @7:00 AM

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Thurston Moore on Madonna: ‘She had credibility, she was really ahead of the game’
The musician, formerly guitarist and vocalist in Sonic Youth, on Madonna’s emergence from the New York underground scene

As told to Kate Hutchinson

15, Jul, 2018 @7:00 AM

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