Sonic Youth

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What links Julia Fox and Kanye West to a notorious collection of 90s clothes?
This rabbit hole leads from Manhattan to Chicago, following Chloë Sevigny, Sonic Youth and the late Virgil Abloh

Larry Ryan

30, Apr, 2022 @12:00 PM

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Sinéad Gleeson and Kim Gordon in conversation: ‘The best music books are about grief, politics, family, loss’
The Irish author and the former Sonic Youth bassist have co-edited an eclectic collection of women’s writing about music that includes Anne Enright and Rachel Kushner

Jude Rogers

27, Mar, 2022 @8:00 AM

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Sonic Youth: In/Out/In review – tantalising scraps from end of an era
Largely unheard, mostly instrumental rarities from the alt-rock band’s final decade offer flashes of their chemistry

Dave Simpson

18, Mar, 2022 @9:00 AM

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Sonic Youth’s greatest songs – ranked!
As they release two live albums to benefit abortion support groups, we rate the best of the New York band who collided alt-rock with the avant garde in a thrilling noise

Alexis Petridis

11, Nov, 2021 @1:07 PM

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PJ Harvey, Sonic Youth, Madonna: the unseen archives of rock photographer Tony Mott
He’s partied with Queen. Tom Petty had his email. Now one of Australia’s most accomplished rock photographers has been digging through his negatives

Kirsten Krauth, photography by Tony Mott

12, Oct, 2021 @4:30 PM

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Michael Chapman was the deepest, most joyful musical lifer I’ve ever met | MC Taylor
From shaping English folk and Bowie’s Spiders from Mars to playing at King Curtis’s funeral, he inspired me and so many others with his joy and soul

MC Taylor, Hiss Golden Messenger

14, Sep, 2021 @9:32 AM

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Michael Chapman: British folk musician dies aged 80
Esteemed guitarist, whose playing influenced Elton John and David Bowie, died at home, his family said

Laura Snapes

11, Sep, 2021 @7:14 AM

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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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